From John Bishop Osborne’s studio ca. 1880s
This looks like a frequently reprinted item from the original carte or cabinet panel.
Its striking features include not just the fabulously ruched bustle of the young woman’s frock; we also gain a glimpse of the elaborate decor of John Bishop’s studio.
His composition for this full-length portrait includes a backdrop of a eucalypt, a live potted cabbage tree, and a low wall with a peculiar upward slant.
The wall bears some sort of baronial insignia or coat-of-arms, which may signify nothing more than a Victorian taste for such emblems, or it may signify a connection with a setting or personnel from Government House.
© The Private Collection of John & Robyn McCullagh 2006-2007 ARR