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
72.5 x 50.7 x 31.2 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the family of Sir Alfred Stephen 1899
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Australian art in the 1870s:
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 25 Jun 1976–02 Aug 1976
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 28 Oct 1976–21 Nov 1976
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, The Rocks, 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
Referenced in 3 publications
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