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Dr James Mitchell 1854

By Marshall Claxton

Marshall Claxton, a Royal Academy of London-trained artist, arrived in Sydney in 1850, hoping to find new markets for his faltering career. He was greeted with enthusiasm by critics who anticipated that his influence would encourage Sydneysiders to engage in ‘higher pursuits than merchandise and squatting’. During his brief time in Sydney enjoyed the patronage of many leading families. 

Dr James Mitchell was a prominent medico and businessman. The collections of his son, David Scott Mitchell, were the foundations of the Mitchell Library. 

The painting’s frame was made in Sydney by Edwin Baldwin and won a special prize in an 1854 exhibition at the Australian Museum.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 7
Published date:
1854
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Sunday, 1 January 1854
Finished Sunday, 31 December 1854
Started Sunday, 1 January 1854
Finished Sunday, 31 December 1854