Inside Newgate Prison
After being sentenced in Bristol for forgery in March 1812, Francis Greenway spent time in Bristol’s Newgate Prison before finally being transported on board the General Hewitt, arriving in Sydney in February 1814. These two paintings are unsigned, although the Greenway family always claimed them as Francis Greenway's work. The paintings were owned by the Greenway family until the mid-20th century and the State Library acquired them in 1990. Ink inscriptions on the back of each canvas (July 1812 and August 1812) are written in handwriting similar to Greenway's and it is likely that Greenway was still in Newgate Prison at this time.