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Henry Mundy

1798 – 1848

Henry Mundy, painter and printmaker, came to Van Diemen's Land in 1831 to take up a teaching appointment that Benjamin Duterrau and his daughter had previously been offered at Ellinthorp Hall, a girls' school near Ross. Instructing the young ladies in music and art, he wrote a number of dance scores that were published with dedications to his students. Gradually he began to make portraits, the earliest of which are thought to date from the late 1830s; he is known to have painted several prominent figures in the early 1840s, after he settled in Launceston. In 1843 he opened a painting school in Hobart, where he also offered music lessons. In 1846, the Colonial Times reviewer stated that 'we like Mr Mundy's style, which is warm and vigorous'. After retiring to Seaford in 1845, Mundy made occasional angry visits to Hobart; on the last of them, he killed himself by drinking a tumblerful of laudanum in the Ship Hotel.

Updated 2018