Drawing 19th century, original hand drawn by Richard Jr. Read.
Richard Read junior arrived in Sydney from his native London in November 1819. By March 1821, he was advertising in the Sydney Gazette as a ‘Miniature, Portrait and Historical Painter’ operating from premises at 59 Pitt Street. He also advertised his services as a teacher, and offered for sale 'a most elegant collection of drawings consisting of Natives of New Zealand and New South Wales, Views, Flowers, etc.'. Styling himself 'Read junior', he urged that others 'be particular to observe that R.R. jun. has no connection whatever with any other person in the same profession', not wishing to be tainted by association with the other Richard Read in Sydney. Read's clients were mainly respectable traders or military officers, the small bourgeoisie, who appear to have been attracted to Read's simple, sympathetic manner just as the colonial elite sought out his father's great style... other examples are held by the National Library of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, and in private collections.
Condition: 1 stain on the background of the subject.
- Read Richard jr (1796-1862)
- Title of artwork
- Portrait Ms colonel Allan
- Gouache, Watercolour
- Titled, dated, located on the back
- Overall in good condition with traces of ageing and usage
- Sold with frame
- Image size
- 24.2×18.8 cm