Richard Cliff Francis Pheney[1, 2]

Male 1831 - 1869  (38 years)


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  • Name Richard Cliff Francis Pheney 
    Born 13 May 1831  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Acton, St Pancras 
    Christened 18 May 1833  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Address:
    St Mary 
    Gender Male 
    Will 14 Oct 1869  [7
    _UID DD93560D0DBA461BB86AE5F3DDE58B9BDDAA 
    Died 21 Oct 1869  New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Address:
    Courtenay St 
    Buried 25 Oct 1869  New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Address:
    Te Henui cemetery 
    Person ID I1518  Treefive
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2017 

    Father Richard Pheney,   b. Abt 1803, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1881, New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Mother Frances Maria Cripps,   b. 1 Sep 1807, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1835, Clapham, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1830  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
    Address:
    St James, Paddington 
    Family ID F461  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Mitchell,   b. 20 Sep 1835, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1921, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1856  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19, 20
    Address:
    the Old Church, St Pancras 
    Children 
     1. Frances Pople Pheney,   b. 27 Dec 1856, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1939, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Emma Mildred Pheney,   b. 8 Oct 1858, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1947, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Catherine Pheney,   b. 5 Dec 1861, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Robert Francis Vaughan Pheney,   b. 22 Oct 1867, New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1942, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F460  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    00536 Taranaki farming scene - painting by R.C.F. Pheney
    00536 Taranaki farming scene - painting by R.C.F. Pheney
    00537 Sheep - painting by R.C.F. Pheney
    00537 Sheep - painting by R.C.F. Pheney

  • Notes 


    • Richard was born in 1831 and baptised in 1833 - a copy of the baptism entry says 13 May but the original says 18 May.

      In the 1851 census he was at 10 Stanhope St, Pancras, Marylebone where he was said to be the nephew of William Pople, head of the household (actually a great-nephew). He was aged 19 and apprentice to a lithographer.
      It is possible that Richard, and perhaps his brother Francis, who were both lithographic artists, may have worked for or with Robert Mitchell, who was to become Richard's father-in-law. Perhaps Richard boarded with the Mitchells after his father left for New Zealand.

      When Richard married Emma Mitchell in 1856, the marriage entry gave his age as full, his profession as lithographer and his residence as Mary St.

      Richard was an artist of some note. Page 217 of A dictionary of artists who have exhibited works in the principal London exhibitions from 1760 to 1893 New enl. ed. (London, H. Graves, 1895) says:-
      Pheney, Richard. London. 1855-1858. Landscape.
      '1 exhibition at Suffock Street, and 5 various exhibitions elsewhere.'

      Richard and his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1867. In January 1869 he showed six watercolours in the Institute reading room in New Plymouth, before sending them to the Otago Fine Arts Exhibition in Dunedin. The Taranaki Herald reviewed the drawings very favourably. In December 1969, after his death, a large collection of his paintings was shown in the Council Chambers in New Plymouth.

      Richard signed a will on 14 Oct 1869. The sole executrix was his wife Emma, he left everything to Emma for the benefit of her and the children.
      His death notice in the Taranaki Herald of 23 Oct 1869 said: "Pheney - On the 21st October, of consumption, Richard Clift Pheney, late of Camden Town, London, in his 39th year." Consumption was the term then commonly used for tuberculosis. Richard was buried at Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, as was his father Richard in 1881. The graves' locations are not known.

      After Richard's death, the family returned to England. William Mitchell (Emma's brother) had returned to UK in 1876, and may have seen Emma and the children there and helped persuade them to return to New Zealand. Frances was the first to re-emigrate, travelling alone in 1878 on the Dallam Tower.

  • Sources 
    1. [S599] Biography Pheney, Richard and R.C.F - sources (Ann Evans).

    2. [S696] Background Shipping Index New Plymouth Arrivals and Departures 1852-1880, Mr Pheney - passenger; 2 October 2000; It is possible that the "Mr Pheney" was R.C.F. Pheney's father.

    3. [S2326] ancestry.com London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, London Metropolitan Archives, Acton St Mary, Register of Baptism, dro/052, Item 006.

    4. [S105] BAP001 Baptism Pheney RCF - "true copy", BAP001.
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    5. [S118] BAP009 Baptism Pheney RCF - register page, BAP009.

    6. [S5388] ancestry.com London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, 18 May 1833: Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis & Margaret Jane.

    7. [S700] Will - Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis, Richard Cliff Francis Pheney; 14 October 1869.

    8. [S235] DTH022 Death Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis, DTH022.

    9. [S207] BUR012 Burial Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis, BUR012.

    10. [S4551] ancestry.com New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007, BUR193., Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth.

    11. [S289] MAR010 Marriage Pheney, Richard jnr and Cripps, Frances Maria, MAR010.

    12. [S332] MAR067 Marriage Pheney, Richard and Cripps, Frances Maria - transcript, MAR067.

    13. [S3015] MAR183 Marriage Pheney, Richd and Cripps, Frances, MAR183.

    14. [S3018] MAR185 Marriage Frances Cripps and Richd Pheney, MAR185.

    15. [S3071] MAR255 Marriage Pheney, Richard and Cripps, Frances Maria, MAR255.

    16. [S4121] ancestry.com England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973, 1 Jun 1830: Richard Pheney and Frances Maria Cripps.

    17. [S5190] ancestry.com London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, 1 Jun 1830: Richard Pheney and Frances Maria Cripps.

    18. [S290] MAR011 Marriage Pheney, Richard jnr (RCF Pheney) and Mitchell, Emma, MAR011.

    19. [S3017] MAR184 Marriage Pheney, Richard, MAR184.

    20. [S4121] ancestry.com England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973, 4 Feb 1856: Richard Pheney and Emma Mitchell.