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  • Title
    Item 02: [Lachlan Macquarie? portrait, ca.1805-1824]
  • Call number
    ML 37
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, West Wall, no. 206
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  • Physical Description
    1 painting - 74.3 x 61.6 cm. inside frame; 92 x 80 cm. framed - oil
  • Source
    Presented by Lt. Col. Charles Greenhill Gardyne (son-in-law of the 9th Viscount Strathallan) of Glenforsa, Argyllshire, 1914. The portrait had previously been given to Lieutenant-Colonel Gardyne by the widow of Lachlan Macquarie the Younger
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Donor believed the artist to be John Graham (later known as John Graham-Gilbert). Later the Mitchell Library attributed the painting to John Opie, as there is a reference to Macquarie sitting for Opie in Macquarie's journal, dated 20 April 1805 (A770, p.576). In April 1987, the portrait was unframed for cleaning. A signature "J Graham Gilbert RSA" inscribed in ink was noted on the lowest stretcher bar. Graham Gilbert became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1829. He was only 15 when Macquarie left England for NSW.

    While attribution and creation date remain unclear, a further complication is that the military uniform of the subject does not accord with Macquarie's rank or regiment, casting doubt on whether the subject even is Lachlan Macquarie. It is possibly Lachlan's brother Charles.

    ML Curator of Pictures, 2005
    See PXn 93, 347 & 698 for further notes on date, artist attribution and subject
    Digital order no:a128471
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