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The Hoff

The image of a hairy swag-wielding bushman might be one popularly associated with Australia in the late nineteenth century.

The Hoff
The Hoff

But war, independence and new nationhood created different ideas about identity in the early decades of the twentieth, when the bearded, beer-sodden bushmen gave way to a beach-going urban Australian specimen. These were the Australians whose bodies were celebrated in the work of artists like Rayner Hoff and others of neo-classical bent. The Hoff is like a sportier, more worldly model of The Lawson.