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Reverend William Bedford junior

c. 1846
Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

watercolour on paper (frame: 53.0 cm x 46.5 cm, sheet: 37.0 cm x 31.0 cm)

William John Pickett Bedford (1805–1869), Anglican minister, was the eldest of three children of Anglican clergyman, William Bedford (1781–1852), and his wife, Eleanor, and came to Van Diemen’s Land with his family in 1823. Like his younger brother, Edward – who later proved to be one of convict artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright’s most significant patrons and supporters – William was sent back to England for a university education, returning to Van Diemen’s Land in 1831 after a period at St John’s College, Cambridge. William was ordained in Hobart in 1832; he married Mary Anne Banks in Hobart the following year and thereafter took up a living in Campbell Town, remaining there until the 1850s. Bedford returned to England with Mary Anne and their three children in 1859 and became the vicar of Bramford, Sussex. Bedford came to be regarded as ‘a man of rare energy’ for the improvements he made to the church there and for the school he established in the village. He never returned to Australia; he died in Hastings, Sussex, having ‘suffered for some time from an exhausting malady’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

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Artist and subject

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (age 52 in 1846)

William John Pickett Bedford (age 41 in 1846)

Subject professions

Religion

Supported by

L Gordon Darling AC CMG (38 portraits supported)

Marilyn Darling AC (30 portraits supported)

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