# 42850

SPURLING, Stephen

Studio portrait of Lady Gore Browne, wife of the Governor of Tasmania, Thomas Gore Browne. Hobart, circa 1867.

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Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 64 mm; verso with the back mark of ‘S. Spurling, Photographer, Hobart Town’, advertising the photographer as a ‘Prize Medallist for Portraiture’ at the 1866 Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition; the print has some light surface rubbing but is otherwise in very good condition, as is the mount; the carte came from a nineteenth-century album and is accompanied by a section of its original window mount, with manuscript caption in ink identifying ‘Lady Gore Browne’.

A fine portrait of Lady Harriet Louisa Gore Browne (née Campbell) (1829-1906), a woman renowned for her astuteness and intelligence, in pensive pose. It was taken in the Hobart studio of Stephen Spurling (I) towards the end of her husband’s term as Governor of Tasmania. The Gore Brownes left Tasmania in January, 1869.

‘In 1851 Browne married Harriet Louisa Campbell. His wife was a considerable support to his political career. She was over 20 years his junior and was well read, socially accomplished with a pleasant personality, and had an excellent understanding of the political environment in which she and her husband circulated. In addition to her influence over Browne, her hospitality and contribution to the social and cultural life during Browne’s placements assisted him in influencing others to support his political views….’ (Wikipedia)

Provenance: From an album associated with the Lempriere and Gresley families of Hobart.