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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.

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Self portrait, 1846

George French Angas

lithograph on paper (sheet: 36.0 cm x 29.1 cm)

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George French Angas published many illustrations of the plants, native animals and peoples of Australia and Aotearoa during his forty years in the antipodes. The son of shipping magnate and banker George Fife Angas, a founder of the South Australian Company, he came to Adelaide in 1844 after a failed attempt at his father’s profession. In South Australia he participated in journeys to the Murray Lakes, the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Barossa Valley and other places before embarking on a trip to Aotearoa. In South Australia again from early 1845, he exhibited in Adelaide (the colony’s first art exhibition) and then left for Sydney, showing his work there also before departing for home. In 1846, some 300 of his colonial paintings were displayed at London’s Egyptian Hall alongside bird specimens, costumes and artefacts, and a Māori youth whom Angas had ‘adopted’ in 1844. His volumes South Australia Illustrated, The New Zealanders Illustrated and Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand appeared in 1847. Angas returned to Australia in 1850, opting again for Adelaide before heading to the goldfields. From 1853 until 1860, Angas worked at the Australian Museum, undertaking cataloguing and research. He eventually returned to England but continued to produce publications drawn from his antipodean experiences. A fellow of the Linnaean, Royal Geographical and Zoological Societies, Angas died in London in 1886.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 2000.14

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Artist and subject

George French Angas (age 24 in 1846)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Related portraits

1. South Australian Illustrated (Plate 35), 1847. All George French Angas, Thomas McLean.

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

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Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the lives of Sir George Grey and his wife Eliza, the subjects of a pair of wax medallions in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert
Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert

Facing Facts

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers describes the 1922 Self-portrait with Gladioli by George Lambert.

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

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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.