Dr James Beaney Case Contents

Items related to our founder, Dr James George Beaney whose patronage was fundamental in building The Beaney Institute: a dedicated location for Canterbury’s museum.
  • Key to the Beaney Institute
Dr James George Beaney

Dr James George Beaney

1886, P Bionda (active as an artist 1880s)

Oil on canvas

This portrait of Dr Beaney is based on a photograph by [check], which was reproduced as an engraving. It is probable that the photograph was projected onto the canvas using a similar projector to that used for lantern slides: there is furniture visible below the paint on the left and right of the painting that matches the photograph and print, and would have been sketched in from the photograph then overpainted. The face is painted in more detail than the costume and background, and differs from the photograph. This suggests that the face was painted from life. Bionda may have had assistants to paint the costume and background as the handling of these is different to the finer painting of the face.

Little is known about Bionda but he also painted other portraits in Melbourne, including that of J. S. Butters (1832-1912), a gold broker and politician, who was mayor of Melbourne in 1867. Butters commissioned the portrait of his friend Dr Beaney, who was godfather to his daughter Irene, born in 1884 and whose middle name was Beaney. The portrait was presented to Dr Beaney on behalf of Irene Butters at the Athenaeum Hall in Melbourne on Monday 11 February 1886. At that time Bionda’s portrait of Butters was hanging in the Town Hall.

Information on Bionda and Butters from Alan Barber, 2012. Bequeathed by Dr James George Beaney, 1891
Reference: 3089
Can be found: The Study Collection

Ink stand

Ink stand

Silver

Reference: CANCM:nn
Can be found: The Study Collection

Key to the Beaney Institute

Key to the Beaney Institute

1899

Gold

Key with which the Beaney Institute was formally opened on 11 September 1899, with city arms, presented to George Collard, Mayor of Canterbury, by Henry Bell Wilson, builder of the Beaney Institute.

Reference: 8108
Can be found: The Study Collection

Miniatures of military medals

Miniatures of military medals

Reference: CANCM:nn
Can be found: The Study Collection

Trowel presented on laying of Beaney Institute foundation stone

Trowel presented on laying of Beaney Institute foundation stone

1897

Silver

Trowel presented to the Mayor of Canterbury, George Collard, on his laying the foundation stone of the Beaney Institute in 1897.

Presented by Miss D Collard, niece of George Collard, 1975
Reference: 9955.1
Can be found: The Study Collection

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