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"The Australian Commonwealth" (Henry Stafford Northcote) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)

1904
Sir Leslie Ward

chromolithograph on paper (sheet: 37.6 cm x 23.0 cm)

Henry Stafford Northcote, Baron Northcote of Exeter (1846-1911), governor general, was educated at Eton and Oxford and joined the Foreign Office in his early twenties. He became a Conservative Party MP in the 1880s and served as Governor of Bombay (1899-1903) before being appointed governor-general of Australia in 1904. Northcote travelled extensively in Australia during his term as Governor General, which ended in 1908.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald A Walker 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Artist and subject

Sir Leslie Ward (age 53 in 1904)

Henry Stafford Northcote (age 58 in 1904)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Ronald Walker (23 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

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.

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