Edmund Edgar alias Bult, Robert Stevens

Vol 40 no 3, Aug 2018
Article from Vol 40 no 3, Aug 2018

Edmund Edgar alias Bult, Robert Stevens


Edmund Edgar Bult (alias Edmund Edgar, c 1804–after 1852), a talented and respectable young London engraver cum cat burglar, ransacked the house of a young lady, only to be apprehended by a police constable while making his getaway. HRH Frederick Duke of York was among those who supported a plea for clemency, and his death sentence was commuted to transportation for life. On arrival in Sydney he was immediately employed as an engraver by the artist Augustus Earle, then by the engraver John Carmichael. He became an art teacher and accomplished portrait painter.

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