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"Never a man loved a wife more"

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This piece is inspired by the exquisite hand written diary of Frances Soame – her letters ‘trans sewn’ onto a 18 century christening gown and featuring moon flowers burnt, cut and drawn into fabric. Her diary largely features extracts from the poem of Edward Young’s ‘Night Thoughts’ excepting her own message.

Ces recherches calligraphiques sont réalisées sur un carnet Lalo, sur papier Ingres qualité archives. Chaque double page mesure 16,7 x 21 cm.

Originally penned in 1879 by Joe Byrne as dictated to him by Ned Kelly, this letter was first published in the 1948 edition of 'Australian Son'. Introducing it, Max Brown said, ‘Following is an 8,300 word statement I have called The Jerilderie Letter. This is the document Kelly handed to Living ... It is one of the most powerful and extraordinary of Australian historical documents, and represents over half of Kelly’s extant writings and by far his best single written statement.'