Portrait of Sarah Field
A painter and lithographer, Henry Mundy worked in London prior
to arriving in Van Diemen's Land as a free settler in
1831. He worked as a portrait painter although the 1844
depression greatly reduced his clientele.
Painted in the "grand manner" this work features Sarah, daughter
of Thomas Lucas, a wealthy settler with interests in Hobart and
Launceston and the wife of William Field, owner of
Enfield. Fashionably dressed in black velvet with white
embroidered insert, and white and gold dress, Sarah is shown beside
a window at Enfield with Dry's Bluff and the Liffey River in
the background. The gilded frame is a fine example of
the craftsmanship in Van Diemen's Land colony.