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  • Title
    Walter Renny
  • Call number
    ML 1062
  • Level of description
  • Date

    [187-]. Dated by costume of sitter, and media of work
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 photograph - hand col. with oil paint - oval image 55 x 42.5 cm
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Portrait is unsigned and undated. Family tradition says that Walter Renny was interested in colouring enlarged photographs with oil paint cf. ML 4/1959.
    See also Artist unknown, Mary Ann Renny, ML 1063, Mitchell Library
    Colour transparency digitised 1999
    Digital order no:a928582
  • Attributions / conjectures

    PORTRAIT OF THE MAYOR - A striking half-likeness, life size, of his Worship the Mayor (Walter Renny, Esq.) is on view, at the studio of Mr. Pickering, the photographer, Brickfield-hill. It is apparently taken by the solar process, and carefully finished in oils. His Worship is represented in the costume of his office, the details of which are accurately carried out. The ex-
    pression of his features has been caught very happily by the painter, and in the execution of other essentials, such as the hands, that regulate in a remarkable degree the claims of portraits of this character to excellence, the skill of the artist, with the assistance of Phoebus, is very signally displayed. There is also on view a clever cabinet portrait of Alderman Steel.

    The Empire, 3 Jan 1870
    (Thanks to Emma Grahame for this reference, July 2012)
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