Thomas Bock (1790 – 1855)
Portrait of Mr T. D. Chapman (1815 – 1884)
Crayon and Chinese white on paper
32 x 26.5 cm (sight)
‘Thomas Bock: Convict Engraver Society Portraitist’, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 79
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.