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"Sydney" Sir Daniel Cooper (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1882

Sir Leslie Ward

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

Sir Daniel Cooper GCMG (1821–1902), a prominent colonial businessman, was born into a Lancashire merchant family and, after gaining some commercial experience, arrived in Sydney in 1843. His business in partnership with his brother-in-law and later his elder brother was said to be 'about the most extensive mercantile house in the Australian colonies'. A substantial landholder and director of multiple companies, Cooper, according to the Sydney Morning Herald in 1856, overpowered ‘the envy which commonly attends remarkable prosperity by a temper singularly humane and generous, and manners affable and unpretending'. A liberal politician and protégée of Sir Henry Parkes, Cooper was elected to the first New South Wales Legislative Assembly and served as its first Speaker. He supported numerous enterprises, such as the newspaper The Empire and the University of Sydney. Created baronet of Woollahra in 1863, Cooper continued to be a powerful advocate for colonial interests even after returning to England after 1861.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Accession number: 2003.206.6

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Artist and subject

Sir Leslie Ward (age 31 in 1882)

Sir Daniel Cooper (age 61 in 1882)

Donated by

Ronald Walker (23 portraits)

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

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.