Kerry Heckenberg is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. Her research deals with the making and reception of Australian art, particularly in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on representational issues. Her work has been widely published with recent essays appearing in journals such as Script and Print (2012) and the Journal of Art Historiography (2014).
University of Queensland
My main concern in this essay is with a group of pictures of nude bathers painted by Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin and Sydney Long in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries showing European Australians at…