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An evening at Yarra Cottage, Port Stephens, 1857

Maria Brownrigg

watercolour and collage on paper (sheet: 18.0 cm x 26.5 cm)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Accession number: 2017.130

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Maria Brownrigg (age 45 in 1857)

Marcus Blake Brownrigg (age 22 in 1857)

Annie Henrietta Brownrigg (age 18 in 1857)

Catherine Annette Brownrigg (Katie) (age 17 in 1857)

Caroline Brownrigg (age 14 in 1857)

Crosbie Blake Brownrigg (age 14 in 1857)

Maria Caroline Brownrigg (Emma) (age 12 in 1857)

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The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley
The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley
The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley
The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.