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404723
  • Title
    [Ann Piper and her children, ca. 1826 / oil painting by Augustus Earle]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 672
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, South Wall, no. 261
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    ca. 1826
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    404723
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - 195.1 x 121.7 cm., image ; 237.1 x 163.6 cm. (frame) - oil
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Mary Ann Shears married Captain John Piper, military officer and public servant by special licence in 1816. It is believed they met and formed an attached during Piper's term of service on Norfolk Island. -- Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.2, 1788-1850. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1967
  • Scope and Content
    The children depicted in this painting are Thomas (b. 1816) dressed in black, William Sloper (b. 1822) who holds a drum and wears a tailored version of the frock and pantaloons boys wore until they were "breeched" around five years old, Eliza (b. 1818) who stands behind her mother, and Anne Christina Frances (b. 1820) who leans on the arm of her mother's chair. The girls are dressed in white muslin with pink sashes and coral necklaces.
  • Source
    Presented by Mrs B. Dale (nee Cox) & Mr R. H. Cox, grandchildren of John Piper, in 1921.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955.
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    For a portrait of Captain Piper, the husband and father of Ann Piper and her children, see ML 6

    For notes on the contents of this drawing, see J. Kerr, "A Woman of Substance" in Creating Australia, 200 years of art 1788-1988 / by the Art Gallery of South Australia ; Ed. & introduced by D. Thomas ; [Sydney] : International Cultural Corporation of Australia [and] Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1988.

    Formerly attributed to Richard Read, this painting was accorded to Earle by Bernard Smith, see "Australian painting 1788-1970", B. Smith, Melbourne : Oxford University.
    The work is dated from the time of Earle's stay in Australia (1825-1827).

    Correspondence with the donors is located at PXn 306.

    A framed coloured photo. litho. of this work, presented by Vaucluse House in 1981, is located at ML 859.

    Frame filed at F 429
    Digital order no:a928600
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