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A BECKETT, Emma

Born: 1838

Died: 1906

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Author of diaries spanning half a century, they tell an absorbing story of the birth of one of Australia's most famous artistic families.  Emma was a decisive influence in this family.  Her passionate -- and, for its time, surprising -- commitment to her daughter's career (Emma Boyd, known as Minnie Boyd) as an artist was crucial.  She was the Boyds' first and most important patron, buying and promoting their work, as well as providing their main income.