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Is the great Gatsby 'tilting at windmills'?

Intertextuality is about the process of making connections, either consciously or subconsciously, and can shape the way we interpret a text. In this audio clip, explore the intertextual link between two classic novels: 'The great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald and 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. This clip ...

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'The pastoral pursuits of Australia', 1927 - asset 1

This is a large oil painting on canvas, measuring 160.0 cm x 216.0 cm, by Napier Waller (1894-1972), painted in 1927 as one in a suite of paintings that make up a large mural. It shows an outdoor, sunlit scene with three figures in the foreground - a woman holding a wicker basket on her hip filled with grapes, a man balancing ...

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'The pastoral pursuits of Australia', 1927 - asset 2

This is a large oil painting on canvas, measuring 160.0 cm x 439.0 cm, by Napier Waller (1894-1972), painted in 1927 as one in a suite of paintings that make up a large mural. The painting shows an outdoor, sunlit scene in which a small group consisting of two men and a woman, is gathered close to a large, centrally positioned ...

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'Koala bowl', 1932

This is a ceramic bowl made in 1932 by Merric Boyd (1888-1959) and decorated by his wife Doris Boyd (c1885-1960). It is a round, reasonably deep container, measuring 15.0 cm (height) x 32.0 (diameter) cm x 30.0 cm (depth), that is quite uneven in shape. The bowl swells at the base and then pinches in below the lip, or upper ...

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'The pastoral pursuits of Australia', 1927 - asset 3

This is a large oil painting on canvas, measuring 160.0 cm x 216.0 cm, by Napier Waller (1894-1972), painted in 1927 as one in a suite of paintings that make up a large mural. The painting shows an outdoor, sunlit scene, in the centre left of which is a man kneeling before a woman who is holding a baby. Both adults are ...

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'The pastoral pursuits of Australia', 1927 - asset 4

This is a large oil painting on canvas, measuring 160.0 cm x 155.5 cm, by Napier Waller (1894-1972), painted in 1927 as one in a suite of paintings that make up a large mural. It shows an outdoor, sunlit scene in which a group of men at the left and centre of the composition can be seen constructing a building using large ...

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'The pastoral pursuits of Australia', 1927 - asset 5

This is a large oil painting on canvas, measuring 160.0 cm x 440.0 cm, by Napier Waller (1894-1972) and painted in 1927 as one in a suite of paintings that make up a large mural. It shows an outdoor, sunlit scene in which a small group, two men and a woman holding a baby with two feathers in its hand, are gathered close ...

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'Emu beaker', 1917

This is a beaker made in 1917 from earthenware clay by Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), which measures 10.0 cm (height) x 8.7 cm (diameter). A very simple, tapered cylindrical form, it is primarily red-brown in colour. The shine that can be seen on the lip of the beaker indicates that the surface has been sealed (and therefore ...

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Mambo T-shirt motif

This is a Mambo clothing company T-shirt motif from the 1980s, which features a Mambo mascot white dog on a black background. The design, by Richard Allan, was entitled 'Call of the wild'. The dog is looking back in surprise at musical notes that are emerging from its rear.

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Decorative tile, c1980

This is a decorative tile of red and brown enamel on metal with a clear glaze. It depicts a Mäori motif based on rock art from the Opihi River area of South Canterbury, on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand. It shows five dogs and a human form at the head of a dominant central image of a stylised taniwha or ...

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Cricket trophy by William Kerr, 1879

This is a large cricket trophy made in 1879 by William Kerr in Sydney, New South Wales. The trophy measures 72.0 cm (height) x 40 cm (width) x 31.5 cm (depth). Its basic structural design consists of a round wooden base supporting a central fern-like column that is crowned by drooping fronds made in silver. A shallow glass ...

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Plate designed by El Lissitzky, c1923

This is an unglazed earthenware plate designed in Germany by El Lissitzky in about 1923 and made by an unknown German maker. The round plate, which measures 11.9 cm x 2.6 cm, is decorated with five red geometric motifs stencilled on a black background. The motifs include a curved rectangular band in red that runs around ...

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'Precious horse shaking the money tree', c1930s

This is a papercut that was acquired by Hedda Morrison during her years of residence in China between 1933 and 1946. The design of the papercut, which has been created out of a piece of red paper, features the silhouettes of two horses, one large and one small. The large horse is standing side-on beside a tree with four ...

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Suzani wall hanging, Bukhara, c1800

This is an embroidered cotton and silk suzani wall hanging, measuring 234 cm (length) x 173 cm (width), made in the Bukhara region, Uzbekistan, in the early- to mid-1800s. Its primary design in reds and yellows set on an off-white background consists of a large, centrally placed rectangular field surrounded on all sides ...