Item #3523 Study for Portrait of Robert OHara Burke 1862. William Strutt.
Study for Portrait of Robert OHara Burke 1862
William Strutt

1825 - 1915

Study for Portrait of Robert OHara Burke 1862

Pencil on tracing paper
9.4 x 9.2 cm

Provenance: Private collection North Wales; Sotheby’s Chester, March 1991

This is a study for Portrait of Robert O’Hara Burke 1862. The finished watercolour is in the collection of the National Library of Australia and the oil painting is in the Melbourne Club  

The image has been reversed in the final painting  

William Strutt began recording the Burke and Wills Expedition in June when the camels arrived in Melbourne. During August he made several visits to Royal Park, attended the special service given by Dean Macartney and even followed the explorers out to Essendon with a photographer to record more details of the expedition. Refer Burke and Wills by Tim Bonyhady, refer photograph of Burke standing in this pose.  

Biographical information on William Strutt in Australian Dictionary of Biography

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