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  • Title
    [Sarah Lawson, late 1790's - watercolour on ivory miniature]
  • Call number
    MIN 64
  • Level of description
  • Date

    late 1790's (dated from costume)
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour on ivory miniature in gold circular shaped frame with thick glass on front, set as a brooch (pin is missing). Encased on the reverse, covered in glass, is interwoven hair, brown in colour with auburn highlights. At the top centre of the frame are two loops for hanging. - Max Diam 5 cm. (portrait, sight) - 5.3 x 5.7 cm. (frame), 1.2 (loop)

    Sarah Leadbeater married William Lawson (1774-1850), explorer and pastoralist, on Norfolk Island in 1812. -- Reference: New South Wales Births Deaths & Marriages, V18121333 3A/1812 , 1812.
  • Scope and Content
    The female in this portrait wears a high waisted wrap-style muslin dress fastened with a dark blue ribbon that is tied around the bustline and shoulders. Her hair is natural [i.e. not powdered] and has a white ribbon.
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
  • General note

    Accompanying the portrait is a non-contemporaneous bakelite rectangular label with black print, "Mrs. Lawson / Wife of Lieut. Wm. Lawson"

    This item has been digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Benefaction, 2002
    Digital order no:a128919
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  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - State Library of New South Wales (January - March 2004)
    Age of Macquarie - Greenway Gallery, Hyde Park Barracks
    Possessed : an exhibition of treasures - State Library of New South Wales (March - May, 1997)
    Women Transported : Life in Australia's Convict Female Factories - Parramatta Heritage Centre (August 2008 - November 2010)

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