Skip to main content

Timed ticketing is in place to safely manage visits to the Gallery, so please book ahead.

Menu

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.

Portrait of Joshua Payne, 1840

Daniel Byrne

watercolour and gouache on ivory in leather bound case (case: 13.0 cm x 11.0 cm, image: 9.7 cm x 7.5 cm)

Joshua Payne (1810–1889), engraver and die-sinker, arrived in Adelaide around 1849 and was soon after employed by the Adelaide Assay Office. Here he produced the dies for the £1 and £5 gold coins minted in 1852. The Argus of November 1853 commented on the examples of ‘good heraldic engraving’ Payne exhibited at the Victorian Industrial Society exhibition of that year. Payne’s work also encompassed drawing and he exhibited at the 1863 exhibition of the South Australian Society of Arts. In the 1870s he also published a short-lived comic newspaper, the Mirror. His death notice in the Advertiser describes him as having been ‘a confirmed invalid for the four years prior to his death’ in May 1889. He was survived by his wife and five children.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Accession number: 2009.133

Currently not on display

Copyright image request form
Request a digital copy of an image for publication

Artist and subject

Daniel Byrne

Joshua Payne (age 30 in 1840)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Related information

The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

Café and shop

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.

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery

Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

Plan your visit

Timed ticketing, location, accessibility and amenities

Support your Portrait Gallery

We depend on your support to keep creating our programs, exhibitions, publications and building the amazing portrait collection!

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.