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Portrait of the Rt. Hon. William Morris Hughes



Augustus John


04 Jan 1878 – 31 Oct 1961

  • Details

    Other Title
    W.M. Hughes
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    80.0 x 59.8 cm stretcher; 100.5 x 80.0 x 9.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed u.r., brown paint "John". Not dated.

    Gift of the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank 1946
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Augustus John/Bridgeman Images

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    Artist information
    Augustus John

    Works in the collection


  • About

    William Hughes 1864-1952, Prime Minister of Australia 1915-1923.

    Painted in Paris while attending the 1919 Peace Conference. John painted portraits of all the chief delegates.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

  • Provenance

    Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England

    Bank of England, pre 1946, London/England, H.T. Armitage (Governor of the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney 1941-48) discovered in 1945? that the portrait was in the possession of the Bank of England. Through the Commonwealth Bank's London Manager, it was suggested to the Bank of England that the portrait would find a far more appropriate home in Australia. Presented by Lord Catto, Govenor of the Bank of England to H.T. Armitage in 1946 with instructions that the painting be given to the Commonwealth Bank or a National Institution. The portrait hung in the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney for 2 or 3 months and was then presented to AGNSW.

    Hugh Traill Armitage, pre 24 May 1946, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of H.T. Armitage, Governor of the Commonwealth Bank 1946

Other works by Augustus John

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