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Who is Henri Tebbitt?

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By Gwylym Owen

Henri Tebbitt (1854–1927) was an English-Australian painter.

Tebbit was born in Paris of English parents in 1854. He was self-taught as an artist and after travelling in various countries contracted in England. An oil painting by him, “Wet Weather”, was shown at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1884. Coming to Australia in 1889 he did a large amount of take action particularly in water-colour. His pictures for a time were entirely popular following the public, and examples were acquired for the Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Bendigo and Geelong galleries. He had married Martha Bateman in Scarborough in September 1877. They had a daughter Daisy Marguerite, born in Paris France in 1878. However, Henri immigrated to Australia without the family, and went upon to marry Robertha McGuigan in Sydney in 1903.

He died in Rose Bay Sydney upon 4 January 1927. Although his standing as an player was not high, Tebbitt was a man of some character afterward a philosophic mind. Speaking of his own accomplish in his manuscript autobiography at the Mitchell library, Sydney, he said: “I have conveniently endeavoured, perhaps later than a vision obscured, to reproduce as faithfully as I could, nature as I look it, and if my efforts are indifferent, no one regrets it higher than I do.”

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