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John Howard and Janette Howard
, 2000

by Josonia Palaitis

oil on canvas (frame: 154.0 cm x 154.0 cm, support: 130.0 cm x 130.0 cm)

The Hon. John Howard OM AC (b. 1939) was Prime Minister of Australia from early 1996 to late 2007. A lawyer by profession, he was elected as the Federal Member for Bennelong in 1974, and returned to the Parliament at every ensuing Federal election until the Labor landslide of late 2007, when he became the second Australian Prime Minister - after Stanley Bruce - to lose his own seat in a general election. Howard served over five years as Treasurer in the Fraser government, and spent two periods as Leader of the Opposition. He remained in office for over 11 years, a record second only to Robert Menzies’s. Conceding defeat to Kevin Rudd in 2007, Mr Howard described his wife - who was the first Chief Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, from 1999 to 2007 - as the ‘love of his life’ and his ‘rock’. The couple is shown here in the garden of Kirribilli House in Sydney.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Commissioned with funds provided by the Founding Patron, L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2000
Accession number: 2000.26