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"The Lord Chamberlain" Earl of Hopetoun John Adrian Louis Hope (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1900

Sir Leslie Ward

chromolithograph on paper (sheet: 38.0 cm x 26.3 cm)

Rt Hon John Adrian Louis Hope KT GCMG GCVO PC, 7th Earl of Hopetoun (1860–1908) was the first governor-general of Australia. Hopetoun inherited a huge Scottish estate at the age of thirteen, and there developed his lifelong and fearless enthusiasm for horseriding. He was appointed Conservative Whip in the House of Lords when he was twenty-three and in 1889, he was named governor of Victoria. A popular governor and supporter of Federation, he left Melbourne in 1895, returning in December 1900 to take up the post of governor-general. In the incident known as the ‘Hopetoun Blunder’, he immediately upon arrival invited New South Wales Premier Sir William Lyne to form a federal government. Lyne, however, had opposed Federation and other politicians would not accept him as leader. Hopetoun was sworn in as governor-general on 1 January 1901 and commissioned Edmund Barton’s ministry the same day. One of his sons became Viceroy of India.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Accession number: 2003.206.10

Currently on loan: Parliament of Australia

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Artist and subject

Sir Leslie Ward (age 49 in 1900)

Rt Hon John Adrian Louis Hope KT GCMG GCVO PC (age 40 in 1900)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Ronald Walker (23 portraits)

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"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

Vanity fair

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2012

Ashleigh Wadman rediscovers the Australian characters represented with a kindly touch by the British portrait artist Leslie Ward for the society magazine Vanity Fair.

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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.