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Mexico from the Palace painted by ‘Maximilian Emperor'
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Several years ago I came across this curious painting on the racks in a distant, dusty corner of the store room in the basement of the Johannesburg Art Gallery in South Africa. Since then the mystery surrounding it has never been far from my mind. According to an old label on the frame, the painting purports to be “Mexico from the Palace painted by ‘Maximilian Emperor’.

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2005 by Jiawei Shen
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The Chairman, Board, Director and all the staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Benefactor, Mary Isabel Murphy, who died peacefully at her home near Bowral on Tuesday 20 September. She was 100 years old.

Mary, Queen of Scots by unknown artist, National Portrait Gallery of London
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Angus's latest Trumbology is accompanied by the following caveat: 'This one is reeeeeeally geeky.'

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) by John Watson Gordon, James Faed, W Wilding
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Sir Thomas Brisbane’s arrival in New South Wales in late 1821 was met with the usual degree of pomp and fawning. It has been suggested, however, that Brisbane’s interest in the New South Wales governorship was as attributable to his passion for astronomy as to the desirability of the position as a prestigious career move and the rightful reward for his duty and talents.

Postcards

Reflections on portraiture

'Postcards' are reflections on portraiture by Portrait Gallery Director, Angus Trumble, and others.