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The Demon

Being hirsute was the go in the 1850s, 60s and 70s; but around about the 1880s the beard began to wane.

A mood of restraint and urbanity began to prevail; men started paying more attention to grooming; and greater variety in facial hair fashions were the result. Old men might have hung onto their whiskers, but younger, sprucer, sporting chaps tended to go for a stylish, outdoors-minded mo. The Demon is one such result. It goes well with a blazer and a boater hat.

1The Demon. 2J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff. 3Self portrait in plus fours, c. 1939 (cast 2003) Lyndon Dadswell. © Estate of Lyndon Dadswell. 4"The Australian Commonwealth" (Henry Stafford Northcote) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1904 Sir Leslie Ward. 5Chips Rafferty, c. 1967-69 (printed 2010) Jozef Vissel. © Jozef Vissel. 6Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle. © Bruce Postle.

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Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
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Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Jo's mo show

(with beards)

Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition illustrates changes in beards, moustaches and sideburns from the 1780s to the 1980s.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.