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Painting of 'Robert' the bantam, with associated prize medals

2012.0021.0001

Painting of 'Robert' the bantam, with associated prize medals

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Physical description

An oil painting featuring a hard feathered bantam rooster, standing in a rural setting with a barn and trees in the background. He has a red face and golden coloured neck with green, brown and black feathers on his wings and body. A signature in the bottom right corner reads 'S.Thomson / 1922'. In the left hand corner are the words 'ROBERT / owned by / C.Thompson'. Eight octagonal or circular medals are mounted underneath the painting. Two of the medals are gold coloured, and the remaining six are silver coloured with dates ranging from 1924 to 1948. The painting and medals are mounted in a black wooden frame that is glazed.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of an oil portrait painting of 'Robert', a Modern British Game cockerel, dated 1922, framed together with eight prize medals. The prize medals were all won by Cecil Robert Thompson's fowls at show competitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Goulburn between 1924 and 1948. In the bottom left hand corner of the portrait in painted an inscription, 'ROBERT / owned / by / C. Thompson'. Opposite, in the bottom right corner, is the painted inscription, 'S. Thomson / 1922'.

Robert Cecil Thompson lived most of his life in Goulburn, New South Wales, where he established his poultry stud 'Kilree' in about 1920. Thompson travelled widely as a competitor and judge at poultry competitions and agricultural shows across Australia. 'Robert' was one of Thompson's prize-winning Modern British Game cockerels, and one of the framed medals was won by him for 'Best Bird' at the Old Goulburn Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Club's annual show in 1924. Thompson advertised as a 'Breeder, Exhibitor, importer of the highest-class Modern Game Bantams in Australia', and he was known as 'Mr Modern Game'. He is still recognised in the industry today for his decades of dedication to various bantam breeds, especially the Modern British Game.

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