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69873
  • Title
    [Solomon Wiseman, ca. 1820-1838 / oil painting by unknown artist]
  • Call number
    ML 1086
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, North Wall, no. 170
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    ca. 1820-1838
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    69873
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - 52.9 x 43.2 cm - oil on masonite
  • Source
    Presented by Mrs D. J. D. Litchfield, 1994
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Identity of sitter was provided by donor, Mrs D. J. D. Litchfield, a Wiseman family descendant cf. PXn 879 (information from Mrs Litchfield) - donor stated that the telescope depicted in portrait is still in Wiseman family hands. In his Reminiscences of Thirty Years Residence in Mew South Wales and Victoria (1863), Roger Therry notes regarding Solomon Wiseman that "I saw him often ... but never without a telescope in hand, with which he kept a look-out for travellers as they descended a mountain pass on the opposite side of the river to his house" (p. 121)
    It has not proved possible to positively identify subject of portrait; nor the artist. The style of painting does not accord with any known portrait painter working in Australia before 1838.
    Donor stated that portrait was restored in ca. 1980 by a State Library of NSW officer
    Frame is a late eighteenth century ebony frame, with pressed metal decorative corner pieces
    Digital order no:a928080
  • Date note

    Dated by costume and date of death of Solomon Wiseman
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