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  • Title
    [Mary Putland (nee Bligh) - miniature portrait, ca. 1805 / by unknown artist, English school]
  • Call number
    MIN 399
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1805
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - watercolour on ivory, in a contemporary turned rosewood frame - visible image, oval, 7 x 5.7 cm., in oval frame, 11.7 x 10.5 cm.

    In August 1806, Mary Putland and her husband Lieutenant John Putland, RN arrived in Sydney with her father, William Bligh when he took up the position of Governor of New South Wales. John Putland died on 4 January 1808, and on 8 May 1810 Mary married Lieutenant-Governor Maurice O'Connell. The couple remained in Sydney until 1814 when they accompanied the 73rd Regiment to India, eventually returning to Sydney in 1838. Following the death of Sir Maurice O'Connell in 1848, Lady O'Connell lived in Paris for some years and then returned to England. She died in London in 1864. -- Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.2, 1788-1850. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1967.
  • Scope and Content
    Head-and-shoulders portrait shows Mary Putland with her curled fair hair piled high above a black bandeau and the bodice of her sheer high waisted Empire style dress.
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  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
  • General note

    The miniature was almost certainly painted in early 1805 in England before the departure of Mary Putland to New South Wales in November 1805. -- Curator's notes, State Library of NSW, Dec 2003, ML 1044/03
    The Library holds another miniature portrait of Lady Mary O'Connell in the Dixson Galleries collection at DG MIN 2.
    Digital order no:a128606
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