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  • Title
    [William Bligh, ca. 1814 - watercolour on ivory miniature]
  • Call number
    MIN 53
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1814
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour on ivory miniature in oval gilt frame. The remains of a later, now broken, brooch pin is can be seen soldered to the frame. In reverse of miniature is encased hair and pressed gold letters WB[?]. The miniature sits in a mid-twentieth century, probaby Freeman Bros. Sydney, miniature case. - 6 x 5.1 cm
  • Source
    This miniature was in the possession of William Bligh's daughter Elizabeth, who bequeathed it to her daughter, Mary Jane, Mrs Nutting, who gave it to her brother William Russell Bligh, who bequeathed to his niece Edith Agnes Oakes, from whom the Library purchased it in March 1936
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    This miniature shows William Bligh in the uniform of either a Rear-Admiral or Vice-Admiral, ranks he achieved from 1814. However damage to it makes it impossible to accurately determine his rank. The miniature apparently sustained damage in the late nineteenth century when a previous owner, William Russell Bligh, left it in a bank cellar where it was 'infused by damp.' : see William Russell Bligh to F.M. Bladen 6 March 1898 ML MSS 155
    Digital order no:a131007
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Initialled at lower right "MB" or "ITB"
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