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
    Address:
    St Mary 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1858  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    artist 
    Occupation 1858–1860  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Lithographer 
    Address:
    St Pancras 
    Census 1861  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Address:
    33 Arlington St, Pancras, Marylebone 
    Travel 13 Mar 1867–16 Mar 1867  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sailed on the s.s. Rangatira from Manukau to Taranaki 
    Immigration 8 Nov 1866–5 Mar 1867  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    on ship Mary Shepherd from London, England to Auckland 
    Location 1869  New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    property, lately occupied by R. Pheney Esq., advertised to be let 
    Address:
    Devon Street 
    Misc 1869 
    left, as part of his eastate, a property in Devon Street, New Plymouth 
    Occupation 1867–1869  Taranaki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    an artist (watercolourist) 
    Will 14 Oct 1869  [19
    _UID DD93560D0DBA461BB86AE5F3DDE58B9BDDAA 
    Died 21 Oct 1869  New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Address:
    Courtenay St 
    Buried 25 Oct 1869  New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [21, 22
    Address:
    Te Henui cemetery 
    Person ID I1518  Treefive
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2015 

    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  [23, 24, 25, 26, 27
    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  [28, 29
    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)
    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 greatnephew). 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 - and perhaps Richard boarded with the Mitchells after his father left for New Zealand.

      On his 1856 marriage entry his age is given 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 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 means 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, 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".
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    5. [S118] BAP009 Baptism Pheney RCF - register page.

    6. [S392] Census England 1851 - 10 Stanhope St, 10 Stanhope St, householder schedule 413; Richard Pheney.
      Also at 10 Stanhope St: William Pople, Frances M. Pople (William's wife) and Elizabeth Pople (William's sister). Richard Pheney is stated to be William's nephew.

    7. [S667] Occupation Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis - artist, Exhibition - Society of British Artists; 5 April 1858; page 6; One of the exhibits noted is "Danesfield Woods, near Medenham" by R. Pheney.

    8. [S519] Occupation Pheney, R (R.C.F.) - lithographer, Details of lithograph by R. Pheney - "The early closing movement, (Three ladies went shopping)"; accessed 2000; Print available from Corporation of London.

    9. [S645] Occupation Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis - artist, References to the artist Richard Cliff Francis Pheney and his painting of a Taranaki farming scene Nov 1867; website accessed in 2000 and 2007.

    10. [S406] Census England 1861 - Pheney, Richard, thegenealogist.co.uk - search for Richard Pheney.
      Search record only

    11. [S878] Census England 1861 - 33 Arlington St Hampstead Rd, Pancras.

    12. [S527] Letter Roberts, R. M. to Jacombs, Frank (Ted) re Pheney artists.

    13. [S537] Occupation Artist - Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis, Exhibitions of paintings by Richard C. F. Pheney ; 1869; Exhibition in Jan 1869, and another (posthumous) in Dec 1869 .

    14. [S541] Occupation Artist - Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis (Janeen Nolan), Biographical information on Richard Pheney and R. C. F. Pheney; 1975.

    15. [S549] Occupation Pheney, R.C.F., Frances and Robert - artists, R. C. F. Pheney - notes on career as an artist; date of 1-pager unknown.

    16. [S645] Occupation Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis - artist, References to the artist Richard Cliff Francis Pheney and his painting of a Taranaki farming scene Nov 1867; website accessed 2000 and 2007.

    17. [S662] BOK104 Book "Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists", Extract about Pheney, "Frank" (Richard Cliff Francis) 1831-1869 at http://www.nzetc.org/scholarly/tei-PlaNine-t1-body-d1-d958.html accessed 13 Oct 2011.

    18. [S663] Occupation Pheney, Richard Cliff Francis - artist, Review of an exhibition of Mr Pheney's watercolour drawings; 9 January 1869; page 2, volume XVII, issue 859; republished at http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz accessed 13 Oct 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    26. [S3018] MAR185 Marriage Frances Cripps and Richd Pheney.

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

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

    29. [S3017] MAR184 Marriage Pheney, Richard.