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Title

Portrait of the Rt. Hon. William Morris Hughes

1919


Artist

Augustus John OM

Wales

04 Jan 1878 - 31 Oct 1961


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.


Details


Other Title

W.M. Hughes


Date

1919


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Gift of the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank 1946


Location

Not on display


Accession number

7661


Artist information

Augustus John OM

Works in the collection

19


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Alpine Club Gallery, Catalogue of war, peace conferencce and other portraits by Augustus E. John, London, 1920. cat.no. 10 or 19

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 97 (illus.).

Donald Horne, In Search of Billy Hughes, Melbourne, 1979, Book jacket (illus.).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 112. cat.no. 1137

Charles Marriott, The Studio, 'Mr Augustus John as Portrait Painter', pg. 43-50, London, Apr 1920, 48 (illus.).