Portrait of Sarah Field, Henry Mundy
  • Artist
    Henry Mundy
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Portrait of Sarah Field
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    114.3 x 86.3 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of John Griffiths and James Pryor, 1980

Henry Mundy

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.