Claudius Marquis, 2018
Charcoal, black pastel and sandpaper on Fabriano paper; 184 x 150 cm
$ 2500 AUD
Signed on verso
Exhibited as part of the Forgotten Faces exhibition, this portrait of Claudius Marquis is an example of those obscure ethnic ‘convicts’ or criminals present in late Colonial Australia. Sentenced for three years for “uttering a forged acceptance” on the 15th of March 1872. Claudius Marquis is a ‘half-caste’, Portuguese & Chinese Clerk and native of Macao. He has a small scar on the left and right side of his head, several pock marks on his forehead, a pockmark on left side of chin, two scars left shoulder blade and a scar outside on the calve on his left leg.