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Campaign seeks return of Aboriginal artist's lost copyright

Slighted watercolorist's landscapes now hang in Australian national museum

Albert Namatjira with his sons. (Photo by Pastor Gross, courtesy of the Strehlow Research Centre)

SYDNEY -- A racist injustice that blighted much of the Australian artist Albert Namatjira's life may soon be at least partially rectified. Internationally esteemed during his lifetime, the Aboriginal watercolorist sold his lambent paintings of the central Australian desert around the world. He became one of Australia's best-known artists, and was presented to Queen Elizabeth II, Australia's head of state.

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