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Study "Radical Restraint: A Portrait of Michael Kirby", 1998

Ralph Heimans

pencil, watercolour and ink on paper (sheet: 26.4 cm x 35.9 cm, image: 18.2 cm x 22.9 cm)
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Justice Kirby works nearly every waking moment, even listing his recreation, in Who's Who, as 'work'. Ralph Heimans sketched him at his desk, and has said that Kirby's rather impatient glance in the portrait reflects the judge's expression as the artist asked him to look up for a moment.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Accession number: 2003.160.5

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Ralph Heimans (age 28 in 1998)

Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG (age 59 in 1998)

Subject professions

Law and justice

Donated by

Ralph Heimans (15 portraits)

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