[Female With Driftwood, Possibly Euphemia Henderson]
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[Female With Driftwood, Possibly Euphemia Henderson]

c1860s. Tintype in 9 carat rose gold frame brooch with gold safety chain, marked “Whitehead, 9ct” on outer rim, 5 x 3.6cm (image). Raised and lost emulstion to top left corner and sitter's face.

The sitter in the portrait is wearing a beaded collar, brooch and a locket, and appears to be standing behind some driftwood. She is believed to be Euphemia Henderson (1822-1907), Australian wildflower artist and botanist. She was briefly engaged to Australian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller (1825-1896), and worked with him on Phillip Island.

Isaac Whitehead (Irish/Aust., 1819-1881) was a gilder and frame maker whose premises were at 87 Collins Street, Melbourne. Whitehead was also a painter of Australian landscapes, and his frames were described as having an “elegant beauty.” Ref: The Australasian, 4.9.1875.

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Item #CL194-24

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  Other currencies

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