A Lunatic at Tarban Creek Asylum
UK Public Institution
James Stuart was born in Ireland and emigrated to New South Wales in 1834 where he was an Assistant Surgeon at Sydney and Norfolk Island. He was also a noted naturalist and accomplished draughtsman who made many fine watercolour drawings of fauna and flora, and published illustrated books of natural history. His surviving works, twelve volumes of drawings of natural history subjects, are all held on deposit from the Australian Linnean Society by the Mitchell Library Collection, State Library of New South Wales. No figurative or portrait works are recorded.
This rare work is a watercolour portrait of a patient from the Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum founded in 1838.