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  • Title
    Portrait of Joseph Raphael, ca. 1852 / drawn by Charles Rodius
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1438
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1852
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 drawing - pencil, pastel and charcoal - image approx. 25.0 x 18.5 cm; in frame 29.4 x 22.8 cm

    Joseph Raphael (1785-1853), a Jewish convict, was convicted of highway robbery and transported for life serving his sentence in Tasmania and Newcastle. He received a conditional pardon in 1818 and an absolute pardon in 1842. In 1819 Raphael opened a shop in Pitt Street, Sydney, where he sold calico, vinegar and tea. By 1827 his shop had moved to 92 George Street, though he still did business from a "moveable" shop. In 1830 he opened the Manchester Arms in George Street but by the end of the year he was insolvent. He was also declared insolvent in 1832, 1837 and 1843. Raphael was involved in a number of court cases concerning his business dealings and he was convicted of assaulting the Magistrate, Captain Brabyn, in 1830, receiving a three month sentence. In 1848 a Sydney newspaper described Raphael as "a gentleman well known in Sydney". He died on 26 September 1853.

    These are the names : Jewish lives in Australia, 1788-1850 / John S. Levi. Carlton, Vic. : Miegunyah, 2006.
  • Scope and Content
    A head and torso portrait of Joseph Raphael in pencil, pastel and charcoal in an original frame.
  • 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
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 908627
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed in pencil at lower left 'Chas. Rodius delt. Jan.[?] 1852'.
    Handwritten in ink on paper glued on back of mounting board 'Joe. Raphael obit 26th September 1853'. Back of mounting board engraved - numbers '26th' and '1853' visible
  • Conservation note

    Drawing on acid-free backing board
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  • Topic
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