14 July, 2019

Paintings of Archbishop Polding : updated

Although there are several paintings of Archbishop Polding in existence, only one is certain to be painted from a "sitting".  

The portrait concerned was painted in 1834 or 1835 and shews John Bede Polding shortly after his consecration as a bishop.  That painting is kept at the Downside Monastery, which was Polding's Religious House before coming to Australia.

Adjacent is a reproduction of the Downside painting (not the original). It is painted from the original, but makes several distinct changes. Where is the copy? When was it made and by whom?

If any reader knows where this portrait is kept, or has any further details about it, we would be most grateful if you would write to us at:


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