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An image of The Dickinson family by Marshall Claxton

Marshall Claxton

(England, Australia 1813 – 28 Jul 1881)

Title
The Dickinson family
Year
1851
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

86.3 x 86.3 cm

Signature & date
Not signed.
Credit
Gift of Miss H M Dickinson 1899
Accession number
4492
Location
19th c Australian art
Further information

Marshall Claxton travelled to Australia seeking greater demand for his work, despite his reasonable success as a painter in England. He held an exhibition in Sydney, which resulted in numerous portrait commissions from clergymen, government officials and members of prominent Sydney and country families.

This family portrait depicts Sir John Nodes Dickinson, his wife, Helen, their baby daughter, Helen Mary, and the family dog, Tiny. English-born Dickinson came to Australia to take up his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1844. In 1852 he commissioned Claxton to paint another portrait of his daughter Helen Mary Dickinson, who became a major patron of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Bibliography (5)

Steven Miller, Dogs in Australian art, 'Miniature pinscher', pg. 144-145, Kent Town, 2012, 144 (colour illus., detail), 145 (colour illus.).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 196, Oil Paintings-Copies of Old Masters, titled 'Sir John N. and Lady Dickinson, Miss Helen Mary Dickinson (1851)'.

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 61 (colour illus.). cat.no. 23

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 45.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 68 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Two hundred years of Australian painting : Nature, people and art in the southern continent: