PORTRAIT OF DAVID
SYME, c. 1892
This portrait of David Syme reading a newspaper, was painted on board ship in 1892, while May Vale was on her return voyage from Europe.
David Syme, was the proprietor of the Age newspaper He was born on 2 October 1827 at North Berwick, Scotland and died at his home 'Blythswood' in Kew, Victoria on 14 February 1908.
In his biography
in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Syme is described as
At the time of this portrait, he would have been around sixty-five years of age.
Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890