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  • Title
    [Harriott Blaxland, ca. 1835]
  • Call number
    ML 329
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, East Wall, no. 283
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1835
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil in frame - 75 x 62.5 cm. (image) in frame 89 x 76 cm.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Identified from a list of portraits in bequest of Alice O. Walker, 1936 (ML 416/1931: In-letters; ML 847-848/1936: Out-letters)
    Date derived from costume worn by the sitter. Evidence of overpainting in details of the dress may complicate date estimation
    Appears to be related to watercolour portrait P2/245, which bears a later inscription on the reverse identifying the subject as Harriott Blaxland
    A portrait of Mrs Blaxland is mentioned among paintings seen by Rev. John McGarvie in Augustus Earle's gallery in 1826 (Diary of Rev. J. McGarvie, ML A1322, p.235), but McGarvie later expresses doubt as to the artist of the portrait (see Buscombe, Eve, Artists in early Australia and their portraits: a guide to the portrait painters of early Australia ... Sydney : Eureka Research, 1979, p.25-26). An earlier ML picture restorer (1964) did not think that the brushwork in ML 329 is similar to that of the portrait of Capt. John Piper (ML 6) which is attributed to Earle
    Dating and stylistic comparison allow the possibility that Maurice Felton is the artist. A portrait by him of Harriott Blaxland's daughter Anna Walker (ML 341), and a portrait, later attributed to Felton, of John Blaxland Jnr. (ML 423), were bequeathed with this painting. In the period between Felton's arrival in Sydney in late 1839 and his death in March 1842, Harriott Blaxland (b. 1777) would have been 62 to 65 years of age
    Digital order no:a928570
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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)
    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October, 2018 - )

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