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Title

The Dickinson family

1851

Artist

Marshall Claxton

England, Australia

1813 - 28 Jul 1881

  • Details

    Date
    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
    Location
    19th c Australian art
    Accession number
    4492
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Marshall Claxton

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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