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Australian sketches of Richard Read

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 296

Scope and Contents

Thrity-five sketches of birds and other images, two photographs and correspondence regarding Richard Read, including biographical information.


  • Creation: 1820 - 1983


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Biographical / Historical

The artist Richard Read, who was born around 1765, was sent to Australia as a convict. He was probably the father of a second Richard Read, a free settler who worked on the same street in Sydney. The Reads are known to art historians as Richard Read Senior and Richard Read Junior.


1 file(s) (1 box file) : art work/paper/photograph

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 8c99R

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. III.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The pictures in the collection were discovered by Mr C.E. Greening, a descendant of Richard Read, while turning out his parents' home in 1962. He deposited them in the R.C.S. Library in January 1963. After his retirement Mr Greening began researching his family history, and in September 1978 allowed the R.C.S. Librarian to photocopy his correspondence regarding Read. The two photographs in the collection were also presented by Mr Greening.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of the pictures were made by the London representative of the Public Library of New South Wales, 1977.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Read, Richard, b c 1765, artist in Australia

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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