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  • Title
    [Colonial family portrait, ca. 1860s / watercolour by] / R. Grindell
  • Creator
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  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1860s
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour drawing - 46.3 x 55.7 cm.

    Little is known about R. Grindell, he appears to have been an itinerant watercolour artist in the 1860s. Grindell painted views of Wallace's property, Eunonyhareenyha, Wagga Wagga, c. 1863 (Private collection) and a portrait of Aubrey and Hubert Murray (sons of Terence Aubrey Murray) at Winderradeen, Canberra district, in 1863 (National Library of Australia. PIC 6555).
    Reference: The Dictionary of Australian artists : painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870 / edited by Joan Kerr. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Scope and Content
    Full length unknown family group portrait, showing adult male and female, a young woman and five children, one holding a cricket bat, with landscape view.
  • Source
    Purchased from Sotheby's Melbourne, 4 May 2004, Lot 156
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955.
  • General note

    By the 1860s this sort of image is very rare in colonial portraiture, photography had largely undermined formal portraiture except at the upper end of the market. The awkward composition of this work suggests it may have been taken from a series of photographic portraits. -- Curator's notes, May 2004
    Digital order no:a128870
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed at lower right
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