Unusual cast-iron profile plaque mounted on turned backing, inscribed ‘SIR Henry Parkes’ but showing Charles Dickens, c. 1860

$545.00 AUD

Unusual cast-iron profile plaque, mounted on turned cowrie pine backing with original polish finish , inscribed to the frame in white paint ‘SIR Henry Parkes’ but showing Charles Dickens,

circa 1860

Condition: signs of age, a part of backing edge wood restored.


This interesting item is a classic example of ‘Aussie Ingenuity’. When Sir Henry Parkes came to the limelight on the political stage, a quick flick of the paintbrush transformed dreary Dickens into something much more appropriate for a nation approaching Federation. The likeness to Sir Henry Parkes is remarkable!

Read all about this item & a portrait miniature of Lady Parkes here >>

Sir Henry Parkes & Lady Eleanor Parkes




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