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  • Title
    Mary Ann Piper and her children, ca. 1826 / by Augustus Earle
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 672
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, South Wall, no. 301
  • Level of description
  • Date

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

    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 attachment 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.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955.
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Work is untitled. Title devised from further research provided for the publication `Reading the Rooms' in 2023.
  • General note

    Previously titled, [Ann Piper and her children, ca. 1826 / oil painting by Augustus Earle]
    For a portrait of Captain Piper, the husband of Mary 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.

    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
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Formerly attributed to Richard Read, this painting was accorded to Earle by Bernard Smith, see "Australian painting 1788-1970", B. Smith, Melbourne : Oxford University.
  • Date note

    The work is dated from the time of Earle's stay in Australia (1825-1827).
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  • Exhibited in

    Faces of Australia: image, reality and the portrait. - State Library of New South Wales (25 May - 12 October, 1992)
    A Rage for Curiosity - State Library of New South Wales (September, 1997 - January, 1998)
    The Picture Gallery 1 - State Library of New South Wales (February, 1999 - November, 1999)
    Private Lives: Families of N.S.W. - State Library of New South Wales (January, 2001 - February, 2002)
    For Auld Lang Syne: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation - Art Gallery of Ballarat
    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October, 2018 - )
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