Collection Item

George William Evans (possibly) 1847

By Thomas James Lempriere

Thomas James Lempriere was born in Hamburg in 1796 and came to Van Diemen’s Land in 1822. He joined the Commissariat Department and remained in its employ until his death. Lempriere’s surviving diaries, held by the Library, record his Tasmanian life, including his artistic endeavours and other interests such as natural history and meteorology. 

Lempriere began painting relatively late in life, portraiture being foremost among several genres he undertook. The subject of this portrait, George William Evans, was an important surveyor, who was sent by Governor Macquarie in 1813 to confirm and extend the route across the Blue Mountains previously established by Blaxland Lawson and Wentworth.

Lempriere’s daughter Lucy Parris became Evans’ second wife, marrying him in 1826.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas on board
Call Number:
ML 33
Published date:
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 Friday, 1 January 1847
Finished Friday, 31 December 1847
Started Friday, 1 January 1847
Finished Friday, 31 December 1847