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Portrait of Richard Rouse, 1847 / W. Griffith
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Portrait of Richard Rouse, 1847 / W. Griffith
1 drawing : crayon on paper ; 39 x 29 cm.
Signed 'W. Griffith' and dated '1847' lower right.
This portrait of Richard Rouse (1774-1852), builder of Rouse Hill House in the Parramatta district of New South Wales, is one of a pair commissioned by Rouse from William Griffith, a local Parramatta artist who in the 1840s enjoyed a reputation as 'an excellent likeness painter', particularly renowned for his crayon portraits. Rouse was a substantial landholder in the Parramatta and Hawkesbury districts and has been described as the 'type of pioneer that the colony needed, a devoted family man, a loyal member of the Church of England, a hard-working and honest public servant and a very efficient grazier'. [ref: Marjorie Lenehan, entry for Richard Rouse in the Australian Dictionary of Biography]. The Rouse portraits are modest and unpretentious, seeking to capture their likenesses for posterity rather than their status within colonial society. [ref: Joan Kerr, ed. The dictionary of Australian artists: painters, sketchers, photographers and engravings to 1870 Oxford University Press, 1992, pp.326-327]
The Rouse Hill collection also includes a portrait miniature of Richard Rouse [R100/30] which is apparently derived from Griffith's portrait
Ian and Miriam Hamilton.
Published in:
Australian Council of National Trusts Historic homesteads of Australia Cassell Australia, 1969, p. 35; Eve Buscombe Artists in early Australia and their portraits Sydney, Eureka Research, 1979, pp. 247.1, 248.
Exhibited in:
Parramatta Historical and Art Exhibition, November 1938. Patricia R. McDonald and Barry Pearce The artist and the patron: aspects of Colonial art in New South Wales Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1988, pp.72-73.
Rouse Hill House & Farm ; HR87/5. The Hamilton Rouse Hill Trust Collection
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