Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

An undated photo released on October 14, 2017 shows family members watching Australia's most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, sitting on a rock as he paints. Pastor S.O. Gross-courtesy of the Strehlow Research Centre/Handout via REUTERS

By Alison Bevege-SYDNEY (Reuters) – The impoverished family of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist.

Namatjira’s vibrant water colours are internationally celebrated for the way he captured the hues of the Western Desert in the centre of the country.

One of his paintings was given to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth in 1947 on her 21st birthday and he met the queen during her 1954 coronation tour in Canberra.

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