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Henry Lawson

Joe Greenberg

watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil, gouache and fibre-tipped pen on paper (sheet: 39.1 cm x 25.2 cm, image: 37.0 cm x 22.4 cm)

Henry Lawson (1867-1922), one of Australia's defining authors, is best known for his short stories and ballads depicting the hardship of bush life. Lawson spent his childhood on a poor selection in the Mudgee district in New South Wales. He received little formal education, but he was encouraged to read widely by his mother, the women's rights activist and writer, Louisa Lawson. A regular contributor to the Bulletin in the 1890s, he supported its nationalist, egalitarian and pro-union stance. In that decade, too, he wrote scores of stories and vignettes, the best of them - such as 'The Drover's Wife' and 'The Bush Undertaker'- haunting, profoundly sad and wryly funny all at once. Despite catastrophic bouts of depression and alcoholism, Lawson continued to write until his death in Sydney at the age of 55, when he was honoured with a State funeral.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001
© Estate of Joe Greenberg

Accession number: 2003.174

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

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Sarah Engledow ponders the divergent legacies of Messrs Kendall and Lawson.

Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986 Joe Greenberg
Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986 Joe Greenberg
Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986 Joe Greenberg
Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986 Joe Greenberg

Corporate Characters

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

A collection of thirty-seven caricatures by the artist Joe Greenberg capture the heroes and villians of Australian business in 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.