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