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Betsheb and her tribal family were found in 1939 after living in the isolated wilderness of South-West Tasmania for nearly a century. During those years, a unique culture had formulated, providing a disturbing challenge when introduced to contemporary conventions.

A Gown for Betsheb is both a portrait and a memorial to a woman who may have existed beyond the Tasmanian folkloric tale.

She was a wild thing amidst classical furniture.

Louis Nowra, The Golden Age, 1985.

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A Gown For Betsheb
pigment print on paper