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[Harrison, George Henry] 1816-1846 :[Portrait of William Swainson engaged in ornithological research. 1836?]

Reference Number: G-499

William Swainson seated at a table, leaning on a writing desk, writing with a quill pen, a dead parrot in front of him. He appears to be between his twenties and his forties and the painting must have been completed in London, before he came to New Zealand.

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1 image, categorised under Portraits and Oil paintings, related to William Swainson, George Henry Harrison, London, Parrots, Ornithologists, Interior architecture - England, Scientists, Authors, Writing and Men.

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[Harrison, George Henry] 1816-1846 :[Portrait of William Swainson engaged in ornithological research. 1836?], Reference Number G-499 (1 digitised items)

Extent: 1 oil(s)Oil on canvas 894 x 692 mm (sight). Vertical imageSingle art work

Historical Notes: Likely to have been painted after Swainson's visit to Brazil in 1817/1818 but may also have been painted as late as 1838/1839, when he was again working on a publication about exotic birds. The subject is shown with brown hair, but with a bald top. His face appears youthful. Other portraits suggest that he began to lose his hair relatively young.

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Other copies available: First transparency listed has reflected light from the flash in upper half of background

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