Woman in bustle by Bishop Osborne

Woman in bustle by Bishop Osborne

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

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