Regency Portraits Catalogue
Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), Hydrographer; 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).
Referencesback to topHill 1946
Ernestine Hill, My Love Must Wait, 1946.
Ernest Scott, Life of Captain Matthew Flinders, R.N., 1914.
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