Griffith, William (1808-)

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Griffith, W. (1808-)
Griffith, William (1808-1870)
Griffiths, J. (1808-1870)
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Artist; Painter
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Colonial portrait painter who lived and worked in Parramatta, NSW. He set up a successful portrait studio there and introduced the novel idea of payment by instalment, thus allowing citizens from all classes the opportunity to have their likenesses taken.

painter, had undertaken some professional training in France before coming to Sydney in the Alfred on 7 January 1840. Ten days later Griffith married Susanna Duffus and they moved to Parramatta. Their first child Margaret was born on 16 December 1840. The Griffiths took up residence in George Street, Parramatta in a property reportedly owned by The King’s School, Parramatta. His wife later conducted her own school in the George St residence, advertising in the Australian of 24 April 1841 for female boarders 'who would be carefully instructed in the Useful and Ornamental Branches of Education’. As well as teaching at The King’s School (1839-42) and establishing himself as a local portrait painter, Griffith presumably taught drawing at this school also. By 1843 they had moved to Marsden Street, Parramatta. Despite competition, Griffith quickly set up a successful portrait practice in the studio room (later renamed the Picture Gallery) of John Mackay’s fashionable Australian Arms Inn. He introduced the then novel concept of payment by instalment, thus enabling all classes of citizens to have their likenesses taken. Examples of Griffith’s portraits, mainly in chalk or crayon, were on display at the Picture Gallery in December 1843, his sitters including the auctioneer Patrick Hayes and members of the pioneering Paton family. He lent his support to the Scottish Art Union held at Parramatta during the summer of 1845 46. In 1844 Griffith was paid the extraordinary sum of £200 to paint a full-length portrait of Sir William Westbrook Burton, New South ...

  • 1840 Sydney, aboard The Alfred.

Flourished

  • fl. c.1841 - c.1854

View the full record at Design and Art Australia Online

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Private Collections
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • St John's Church, Parramatta (attrib.), NSW
  • The King's School, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
  • Australasian Pioneers Club, Sydney, NSW
  • Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
  • Snap Freeze: Still Life Now
  • Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Australia
  • (see also) Martens, Conrad
  • (see also) Griffith, Susanna
  • (see also) Griffith, Margaret
  • (see also) Plater, Lucien de Broel
  • (see also) Mackay, John
  • (see also) Boswell, Annabella Alexandra Campbell
  • (see also) Read, Richard Daniel
  • (see also) Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Australia
  • (see also) Australian Artists' Society
  • (see also) Portrait miniature of Richard Rouse
  • (see also) Portrait of Elizabeth Rouse, nee Adams
  • (see also) Portrait of Richard Rouse

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