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  • Title
    Edward Gostwyck Cory, ca. 1837-1842 / silhouette portrait by Richard Dighton
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DG P2/46
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1837-1842
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 watercolour - 27.2 x 22 cm.

    For a biography of Edward Gostwyck Cory (1799-1873), see: Australian Dictionary of Biography online

    Extract from letter 9 Dec. 1970 from M.L. to Mr. F.Cory (M.L. 1271/70)
    ...The 1828 Census gives this information about Edward Gostwyck
    Cory: — aged 31, wife Frances 28, came in “Allies" 1823, owned vineyard cottage, Paterson’s Plains, total 4800 acres, 300 cleared and cultivated, 16 horses, 320 horned cattle. ...

    Extract from letter 26 Oct. 1970 from Mr. F.Cory to M.L. (1271/70)
    The original Australian Corys came here in SB “Allies” in 1823, Edward and Gilbert and John, from England (Cornwall or Devon I believe) and were given Land Grants near Paterson via Maitland, which they named “Vacy”, and from there they expanded their farming and pastoral interests, including extension of pastoral pursuits to the New England District, where they were the first to settle with stock the country over the Moonbie Ranges near Armidale. I believe both, if not one, are buried in Vacy Cemetery.

    Extract from information supplied by Mrs. E.Yule to Field Librarian (1271/70)
    The original Gory grant was about 5 to 6 miles out from Paterson which is about 12 to 14 miles from West Maitland. i.e. on the Paterson River near Maitland. The property and town was called Vacy. The Corys built the Hotel, The School of Arts, the Stores etc. there. Cory was her gandfather. Six Cory brothers went to Queensland where there are a anumber of properties. Gostywck Gory had a property West of Longreach and retired in Toowoomba. Alfred Gory had Stradbroke. Henry Cory had Vermont and he retired and lived in Warwick.

    Notes from PXn 273
  • Scope and Content
    One of Dighton's many silhouette portraits, Dighton stands in left profile, wearing a frock coat and trousers strapped under his boots. In his right hand he holds a top hat and cane and in his left, gloves. His receding hair is short and brushd forward and he has mutton chop whiskers.
  • General note

    Copy Print available at P1/C
    Digital order no:a1528445
  • Contributing Creator

    Previously attributed to Robert Dighton (1751-1814)
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed "Richard Dighton / Cheltenham" in the lower right hand corner
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Artist identified as Richard Dighton by Lesley Gent, September 2008
  • Date note

    Dated from the period when Cory returned to England after selling his New England properties

    Edward G. Cory entry, Australian Dictionary of Biography online
  • Conservation note

    The watercolour was unframed when it was transferred from DG 403
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