Sir George Grey, K.C.B., 1861, 1861
Scope and Contents
70 x 92 mm. Oval print. Three quarter length portrait of Sir Edward George Grey seated with his elbow resting on a table. Grey entered the Army in 1829 and spent periods of exploration in Australia in 1837 and 1839-40. He was Lieutenant Governor of South Australia 1841-45, Governor of New Zealand 1846-54 and 1861-67, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope 1854-61 and Prime Minister of New Zealand 1877-79. This portrait is accompanied by a letter from Adolphe Beau of Forest Hill to the Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute (dated 29 September 1898) offering copies for sale of this photograph. Beau states that: 'Having among my negatives of portraits, - (carefully preserved since relinquishing my studio in Regent Street) an excellent likeness of the late Sir George Grey, I believe it might interest many of his friends to know that such portrait is in existence ... Should you wish to see the same, I would be glad to call on you on my next coming to town, at the same time supplying you with any information as to sizes and prices'.
A further note, of 3 October, states that he will bring a copy of the portrait to the Institute the following day. How Beau obtained the negative is unknown, and the date is certainly incorrect.
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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Good condition, apart from some retouching.
Existence and Location of Copies
CN 1643 and 2862.
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