SLNSW-Governor Charles Augustus FitzRoy, ca. 1855 / oil...-Ydmdj8R9
Governor Charles Augustus FitzRoy, ca. 1855 / oil painting by Henry Robinson Smith
Full title: Governor Charles Augustus FitzRoy, ca. 1855 / oil painting by Henry Robinson Smith
Author/creator: Smith, Henry Robinson, active 1847-1865.
Date: ca. 1855.
Call Numbers: ML 159, Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, North Wall, no. 127
Record Identifier: Ydmdj8R9
Formats: Pictures, Paintings
Contents: 1 painting - 127 x 100.3 cm. - oil
The painting is mentioned in Bells Life in Sydney on 27 January 1855 p.2.
Smith offered the painting as a prize in an art union or raffle in 1856, where he valued it at 84 pounds: Sydney Morning Herald 13 May 1856 p.8.
The donation of the portrait to the Free Public Library by Mrs J.G Raphael is noted in the Sydney Morning Herald of 3 March 1879 p.4
The donation is also noted in the Sydney Free Public Library Annual Report for 1879-80 p.5.
This portrait was painted a year after Governor FitzRoy received his knighthood. The medal of Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB) is displayed prominently on a scarlet ribbon that hangs around FitzRoy's neck.
Date source: The dictionary of Australian artists / ed. Joan Kerr. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992
This painting is close to a daguerreotype photograph of Sir Charles A. FitzRoy with his aide-de-camp, ca. 1851, reproduced in Sierp, A., Colonial life in Tasmania : fifty years of photography, 1855-1905. Adelaide : Rigby, 1976. It is not known where the daguerreotype is held.
Digital order no:a128371