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Carte-de-visite bust portrait of Frank Edward Clarke, Chief Draughtsman of the New Plymouth Lands and Survey Department. Clarke is wearing a jacket with a shirt and tie. He has a large moustache and is looking away from the camera. The photograph includes an annotation in William Francis Gordon's handwriting, which reads: "In Memory of Frank E. Clarke / Died July 1st 1899 Aged 50 years". It is likely the annotation and original photograph were rephotographed, either by Gordon or George Herbert White.
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Not only was Frank Edward Clarke a Chief Draftsperson he was also a keen amateur naturalist and a talented scientific illustrator. As you can see from this article He has a drawing in your collection and a range of illustrations of his are held at Te Papa. He was a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand and described several new to science species of New Zealand fish. See

- Siobhan

Posted on 16-06-2015 03:02:45