Masterpiece Gallery specialise in high quality works from artists around the world. Over 40 years ago, following a varied career in farming, mining, the newsprint and airline industries, director Nevin Hurst began a career in the world of fine art and antiques, eventuating in opening the Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery for business in 1975. The Gallery today houses some of the finest arrays of investment art to be found in the state of Tasmania. The coverage is broad, although specialising in Australian art from colonial to contemporary. The stock also includes colonial antiques, old master drawings, Chinese antiques, European oils and watercolors etc.

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Jemima Frances Irvine  (1822 – 1918)


13011, 13012 & 13013
Jemima Frances Irvine  (1822 – 1918)
(Purple and Yellow Pansies) 1866, (Tulips & Bluebells) & (Orchids)
Watercolour on paper
Various sizes

Jemima Frances Irvine nee Burn (1822 – 1918) emigrated from Scotland to Tasmania with her father, playwright David Burn (c. 1799 – 1875) at the age of four. They lived initially with her grandmother at the Hamilton property Ellangowan, later moving to Rotherwood, Ouse. In 1843 she married Charles James Irvine who was appointed senior assistant superintendent at the Port Arthur penal colony. Despite the notoriety of the settlement, Irvine regarded her time spent there with fondness; ‘In those days there was a charming society at Port Arthur… all [of the officials, their clerks and their families] were intelligent, musical and altogether delightful people… We were very happy and so were many of the prisoners’.1 Irvine later moved to Ingleside, Evandale, where she became known as an avid collector, artist and conchologist. She remained at Evandale until her death in 1918.

1. Kerr, J (1992), Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 391 – 392

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