Colonel James Nunn, Australian Mounted Infantry, ca. 1840 / attributed to Joseph Fowles

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Colonel James Nunn, Australian Mounted Infantry, ca. 1840 / attributed to Joseph Fowles

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ML 1321 , Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, North Wall, no. 130

Record identifier

YK5QJoan

Colonel James Nunn, Australian Mounted Infantry, ca. 1840 / attributed to Joseph Fowles

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Colonel James Nunn, Australian Mounted Infantry, ca. 1840 / attributed to Joseph Fowles

Full title

Colonel James Nunn, Australian Mounted Infantry, ca. 1840 / attributed to Joseph Fowles

Date

ca. 1840

Call Numbers

ML 1321 , Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, North Wall, no. 130

Record Identifier

YK5QJoan

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1 painting - 60.9 x 43.8 cm. (image) in gilded wood frame 79 x 62.5 cm. - oil on canvas

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Copyright status : Out of copyright - Creator died before 1955

Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS

Contents

1 oil painting on canvas in a gilded wood frame. A full length portrait of Major James Winniett Nunn, of the 80th Regiment of Foot, Commandant of the New South Wales Police, with a landscape of New South Wales in the background.

Nunn was probably part of the 5th Irish Lancers whose uniform is distinguished by the great flowing green head-pie...

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Full title

Colonel James Nunn, Australian Mounted Infantry, ca. 1840 / attributed to Joseph Fowles

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NOTES

General note

Digital order no:Album ID : 1269583

Signature / Inscriptions

No signature.

Attributions / Conjectures

Possibly painted by Joseph Fowles. While the painting is not dated or signed, it does depict Nunn in NSW. It is possible that it was painted in England, though the attribution to Joseph Fowles is credible.

Attribution to Joseph Fowles made by Elizabeth Ellis. 2014 Hordern House catalogue for European Discovery, 1538-1843, p.75, Number 33.

Date note

Undated.
Date range based on Nunn's arrival in colony in 1837 and his appointment as Colonel in 1846.

Description source

Label on verso of painting.

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

Source

Purchased from Hordern House, October 2014, Lot 33

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Paintings from the Collection

Administrative / Biographical history

Nunn arrived in New South Wales with the 80th Regiment of Foot which was garrisoned from 1837 to 1844. In the same year he became the commander of the NSW Mounted Police, and in December 1837, it was reported that Aboriginal warriors had attacked and killed stockmen on properties beyond the limits of settlement in the Namoi River district. Nunn was dispatched with two sergeants and twenty troopers and on 26 January 1838, near the Gwydir River, his party was attacked and a corporal wounded. In retaliation the troopers opened fire and a number of Aboriginal people were killed. The Mounted Police then pursued the Aborigines and engaged them again, killing more. The event is now known as the Waterloo Creek Massacre.

He was made a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army in 1846.

The 80th Regiment was sent to India in 1844 and Nunn died at Meerut, 2 February 1847, aged 57. His death and obituary was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, 7 September 1847.

Reference:
Sydney Morning Herald
1847 'COUNTRY SALE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 7 September, p. 2, viewed 27 October, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12900294...

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ML 1321 , Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, North Wall, no. 130

Record Identifier

YK5QJoan

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https://collection.sl.nsw.gov.au/record/YK5QJoan

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Reference code

1248659

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