Rickety [i.e. Ricketty] Dick / [portrait possibly after the work of Charles Meryon, ca. 1843-1846]

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Rickety [i.e. Ricketty] Dick / [portrait possibly after the work of Charles Meryon, ca. 1843-1846]

Call numbers

ML 488

Record identifier

nvg88MG1

Rickety [i.e. Ricketty] Dick / [portrait possibly after the work of Charles Meryon, ca. 1843-1846]

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Rickety [i.e. Ricketty] Dick / [portrait possibly after the work of Charles Meryon, ca. 1843-1846]

Full title

Rickety [i.e. Ricketty] Dick / [portrait possibly after the work of Charles Meryon, ca. 1843-1846]

Date

undated [ca. 1843-1846]

Call Numbers

ML 488

Record Identifier

nvg88MG1

Formats

Physical Description

Contents

1 drawing - visible image 61 x 49 cm, in frame 74.2 x 62 cm - charcoal and pastel

Other Descriptions

Level of description

Fonds

Access and use

Copying Conditions

Out of copyright : Creator died before 1955

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Physical Access Conditions

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Issue Copy

Digitised

More information

SCOPE AND CONTENTS

Contents

Half length portrait showing Ricketty Dick clad in a European blanket holding a stick.

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Full title

Rickety [i.e. Ricketty] Dick / [portrait possibly after the work of Charles Meryon, ca. 1843-1846]

NOTES

General note

A similar large pastel portrait of an Australian Aboriginal by Charles Meryon, ‘Un Anthropophage’ n.d. (1840s), is held in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris (Acquisition 9482, Dec 1938). This drawing, (part of a collection of drawings originally given to Antoine-Eduard Foley by Meryon for a collaborative book project about Oceania), was reproduced...

Signature / Inscriptions

Rickety Dick from J ...? Cleeve -- inscribed on the remains of a label on back of board

Attributions / Conjectures

This unsigned portrait is possibly after the work of draughtsman, etcher, sculptor and naval officer Charles Meryon (1821-1868). An officer in the French Navy, Meryon sailed to New Zealand in 1842 on Le Rhin, which had been sent to protect the French settlement at Akaroa. He spent four years in the South Pacific making a number of sketches. Le Rhin...

Conservation note

Portrait reframed in 2006

CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION

Source

Purchased 1956

Exhibited in

Eora: Mapping Aboriginal Sydney, 1770-1850

Administrative / Biographical history

Ricketty Dick (Warrah Warrah) was a well known local character. He suffered from a disease of the lower limbs which eventually crippled him. He was a favourite of William Charles Wentworth, who is said to have paid a man to look after him in his old age. He died in 1863 and a medallion was struck in his honour as a souvenir of the 1873 Exhibition,...

Identifiers

PRIMARY IDENTIFIERS

Call Numbers

ML 488

Record Identifier

nvg88MG1

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https://collection.sl.nsw.gov.au/record/nvg88MG1

OTHER IDENTIFIERS

Reference code

901949

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