Portrait of the Rt. Hon. William Morris Hughes
Augustus John OM
04 Jan 1878 - 31 Oct 1961
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.
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
© Augustus John/The Bridgeman Art Library
Shown in 2 exhibitions
War, peace conference and other portraits by Augustus E. John, Alpine Club Gallery, London, Mar 1920–Mar 1920
Billy Hughes, Old Parliament House, Parkes, 28 Jun 2008–01 Feb 2009
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
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.).