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  • Title
    Governor Charles Augustus FitzRoy, ca. 1855 / oil painting by Henry Robinson Smith
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 159
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, North Wall, no. 127
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1855
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil - 127 x 100.3 cm.

    Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy was the tenth governor of New South Wales. During his term (1846-1855), FitzRoy was faced with the problems posed by gold discoveries, which were unprecedented in British colonial experience.

    Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.1, 1788-1850. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1966
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955.
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    The painting is mentioned in Bells Life in Sydney on 27 January 1855 p.2.
    Smith offered the painting as a prize in an art union or raffle in 1856, where he valued it at 84 pounds: Sydney Morning Herald 13 May 1856 p.8.
    The donation of the portrait to the Free Public Library by Mrs J.G Raphael is noted in the Sydney Morning Herald of 3 March 1879 p.4
    The donation is also noted in the Sydney Free Public Library Annual Report for 1879-80 p.5.

    This portrait was painted a year after Governor FitzRoy received his knighthood. The medal of Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB) is displayed prominently on a scarlet ribbon that hangs around FitzRoy's neck.
    Date source: The dictionary of Australian artists / ed. Joan Kerr. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992
    This painting is close to a daguerreotype photograph of Sir Charles A. FitzRoy with his aide-de-camp, ca. 1851, reproduced in Sierp, A., Colonial life in Tasmania : fifty years of photography, 1855-1905. Adelaide : Rigby, 1976. It is not known where the daguerreotype is held.
    Digital order no:a128371
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    H R Smith -- painted at lower left
  • Date note

    Dated from Fitzroy's tenure as Governor of New South Wales
  • Name
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Pride of place - State Library of New South Wales (27 September - 29 November, 2004)
    Paintings from the Collection

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