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  • Title
    Jane Penelope Atkinson, 1832 / painted by Richard Read Junior
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MIN 427
  • Level of description
  • Date

    November 1832
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour miniature on ivory, gilt-framed within a hinged wooden case, bound in red Moroccan leather, satin-lined, secured with 2 metal clasps. - image 9 x 7 cm. in case measuring 13 x 12 cm. - case is scuffed, particularly near clasps; small hole in silk lining at lower left

    Richard Read Junior arrived in NSW in 1819, as a free man. During the 1820s and 1830s he established himself as a prolific portrait painter, largely of medium format watercolour portraits. Many of these have survived but few of his miniatures have survived. Source: Curator of Pictures from notes on ML file
  • Source
    Purchased December 2006
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • General note

    Jane Penelope Atkinson was the daughter of emancipist Mary Reibey. She married merchant John Atkinson in 1824, settled in Wilberforce on one of Mary Reibey's properties and produced 12 children. She died in Tasmania in 1854. Apart from being a portrait of a member of a leading colonial and emancipist family - and in that evidence of the tremendous social mobility of colonial society - this miniature is also a rare and high quality example of colonial miniature painting. Source: Curator of Pictures from notes on ML file
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Painted by / R. Read / No. 89 Pitt Street / Sydney N. S. Wales / Novr 1832 / Mrs Jn[?] Atkinson -- inscribed on backing paper
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