Thomas Bock (1790 – 1855)
‘R V Hood’ c. 1839
Pencil watercolour and Chinese white on paper
25.5 x 20.4 cm
Signed lower right


Much of the early art of the colony was created by convicts who have left legacies far beyond their low standing. Among the earliest of these artists was Thomas Bock (1790 – 1855), who was transported to Hobart Town in 1824. After his pardon, he established himself as a portraitist, producing images of many of the colonial elite. Masterpiece currently has on offer his portrait of frame maker, lithographer and art dealer Robin Vaughn Hood (1802 – 1888), who was a central figure in the arts in and culture of Van Diemen’s Land, highly regarded for his iconic birds’ eye Huon pine frames.