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Governor King undated

By Unknown artist

Designed for portability or private display in the home, this smaller-sized portrait, contrasts markedly with the larger scale portraits produced for public display. In this portrait Governor King wears a naval captain’s dress uniform. After epaulettes were introduced in 1795 they became a primary means of determining the rank of an officer.

As Governor, Philip Gidley King was pivotal in shaping the early colony. He influenced regulation of prices, wages, hours of work and convict employment. He encouraged exploration, construction of public buildings, agriculture and local industries, including whaling and coal mining.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 546
Published date:
undated
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 Monday, 1 January 1900
Finished Monday, 1 January 1900
Started Monday, 1 January 1900
Finished Monday, 1 January 1900