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Portrait of Elizabeth Isabella Broughton, about seven years old, 1814 [picture] / [Richard Read]
Bib ID 836060
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Read, Richard, approximately 1765-1827?
 
Online Versions
Description 1814 
1 painting : watercolour ; 36.3 x 30.3 cm. 
Series

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK417.

Biography/History

William Broughton came to Australia as a servant on the First Fleet, and later served at Norfolk Island. There he lived with Elizabeth Heathorn, who had arrived in 1792 as a convict. They had five children. In 1809 Elizabeth and her two-year-old daughter Betsy sailed for England on the ship "General Boyd", which on the way visited the east coast of New Zealand in search of timber spars. At Whangaroa the crew and passengers, save for Betsy and three others, were killed by Maoris. Three weeks later Alexander Berry, a Scots merchant also seeking timber, heard of the massacre and came to investigate and rescued the prisoners. Betsy was taken to South America on board Berry's ship, for his cargo was destined for Lima, and waited there for nearly a year, until a ship bound for New South Wales arrived. After her return to Sydney her father had this portrait painted as a gift for the family who had cared for her in Lima. Betsy Broughton stayed in New South Wales, married and had seventeen children. She is buried at Bong Bong, near Moss Vale.

Notes

Attributed to Richard Read senior, and title assigned, by Rex Nan Kivell.

Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK417.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-135177139

Source of Acquisition This portrait was acquired by Rex Nan Kivell in 1935. 
Subjects Broughton, Elizabeth Isabella, 1807-1891 -- Portraits.  |  Girls -- Portraits.  |  Picture -- Portrait.  |  Picture -- NLA exhibition 1989.  |  Picture -- NPG exhibition 1994.  |  Picture -- Loan 1992.
Exhibited Exhibited: National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Colonial Art - March - July 2018  Exhibited: Treasures Gallery NLA: Portraits of the Famous and Infamous, August 2015 - December 2015  Exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2012 - 12 October 2012.  Exhibited: Drawing in Australia, ANG, 1989; Deja vu, NLA, 1989; Age of Macquarie, Hist. Houses Trust N.S.W., 1992; About face, Nat. Portrait Gallery 1994.  Exhibited: "Travellers Art", National Library of Australia, 12 June 2003-21 September 2003. 

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