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An image of Sir Alfred Stephen by Achille Simonetti
Alternate image of Sir Alfred Stephen by Achille Simonetti Alternate image of Sir Alfred Stephen by Achille Simonetti Alternate image of Sir Alfred Stephen by Achille Simonetti

Achille Simonetti

(Australia, Italy 1838 – 1900)

Title
Sir Alfred Stephen
Year
1899
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
marble
Dimensions

72.5 x 50.7 x 31.2 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the family of Sir Alfred Stephen 1899
Accession number
3265
Location
Not on display
Further information

Sir Alfred Stephen (1802-1894), the NSW Chief Justice and legislator, was the founding trustee of the National Gallery of New South Wales, and a pinnacle of mid-nineteenth century Sydney society.

Simonetti's posthumous bust, commissioned by the Stephen family in reaction against Allen Hutchinson's portrayal of 1898 (also in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales), depicts a younger less exhausted figure than Hutchinson.

Deborah Edwards, 'Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia', National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2003

Bibliography (3)

Deborah Edwards., Australian sculpture 1890-1919, 'Australian sculpture 1890-1919', Sydney, 1987. no catalogue numbers

Deborah Edwards, Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, Canberra, 2003, 85. cat.no. 73

Daniel Thomas, Australian art in the 1870s, 'Introduction', pg.4-6, Sydney, 1976, 21. cat.no. 61

Exhibition history (4)

Australian art in the 1870s:

Australian sculpture 1890-1919, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Jan 1987–22 Feb 1987

Italian artists working in 19th century Australia (1993), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 24 Sep 1993–21 Nov 1993

Presence and absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 22 Aug 2003–16 Nov 2003