Robert DOWLING
England 1827 – England 1886
Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886

Mrs Adolphus Sceales with Black Jimmie on Merrang Station 1856
oil on canvas mounted on plywood
not signed, not dated
76.0 (h) x 101.5 (w) cm
Purchased from the Founding Donor Fund 1984
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 1984.260

When Dowling painted this extraordinary mourning scene in 1856, Jane Sceales was a 34-year-old widow with two young daughters and a vast property called Merrang. The painting was conceived as a tribute to her husband, who had died in 1854. Jimmie, his young groom, was one of the many Aboriginal people employed on Merrang and neighbouring Western District properties.