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Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), Hydrographer; inventor of the Flinders Bar

Naval hydrographer; author of A Voyage to Terra Australia; inventor of the Flinders Bar.

'Neither of the two portraits of him conveys a good impression of his alert commanding look. His nose was 'rather aquiline' and his lips were customarily compressed. He had a noble brow, hair almost black, eyes dark, bright, and with a commanding expression, amounting almost to sternness' (Flinders Papers quoted by Ernest Scott, Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N., 1914, p 402).

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Hill 1946
Ernestine Hill, My Love Must Wait, 1946.

Scott 1914
Ernest Scott, Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N., 1914.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.