Frederick Strange (c. 1807 – 1873)
(Mount Wellington and St. John’s from New Town Bay) 1851
Watercolour on paper
22 x 29.5 cm (sight)
Signed with initials and dated lower left: ‘F.S. 1851’
Frederick Strange (c. 1807 – 1873) was sentenced to transportation for life in 1837 for stealing a watch. He arrived in Hobart Town in 1838, where he served as a government messenger. Prior to his departure from England, he was a portrait and house painter, a profession he was able to return to following his move to Launceston after obtaining a third class pass in 1841.
He struggled to make a living, particularly following the introduction of photography to the colony, and soon found a more comfortable existence as a grocer on Charles Street, Launceston. His former studios were taken over by a photographer. Strange died in Launceston in 1873.