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Richard Woolcott, 1997

Bill Leak

oil on canvas (frame: 137.6 cm x 122.7 cm, support: 121.5 cm x 106.5 cm)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard and Birgit Woolcott
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Estate of Bill Leak

Accession number: 2007.39

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Artist and subject

Bill Leak (age 41 in 1997)

Richard Woolcott (age 70 in 1997)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

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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.