Category: Charles Henry Theodore Costantini (1803 – 1860)
One of the most colourful characters and artists of the early years of the Tasmanian colony, Charles Henry Theodore Costantini, thief, forger, surgeon and artist was born in Paris in 1803 and is distinguished by being one of the few convicts transported twice to Australia. Despite these beginnings, Costantini received his certificate of freedom in 1834, after which time he established himself as a painter of portraits and homesteads in Van Diemen’s Land. Much of his life remains shrouded in mystery, and it appears he was more than happy to be an enigma. Cosntaitini died in Hawaii in 1860, age 57.