An image of The Dickinson family

Marshall Claxton

(England, Australia 1813 – 28 Jul 1881)

The Dickinson family

19th c Australian art
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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.

oil on canvas
86.3 x 86.3 cm
Signature & date
Not signed.
Gift of Miss H M Dickinson 1899
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