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"Chelsea Hospital" Sir Henry Wylie Norman (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1903

Sir Leslie Ward

chromolithograph on paper (sheet: 39.5 cm x 26.0 cm)

Sir Henry Wylie Norman (1826–1904), governor and army officer, was born in London, the son of a merchant who conducted his business chiefly in India and the Caribbean. Wylie joined the army in 1844 while in India and was stationed there with his regiment for the next fifteen years, seeing action in various skirmishes during the Indian Mutiny, and proving himself a most able officer and administrator. During the 1860s, he was assistant military secretary to the chief of the British army, military secretary to the governor-general of India, and aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria. In 1883, he became governor of Jamaica, leaving that role in 1888 to take up the position of governor of Queensland. Arriving in Brisbane in 1889, Norman encountered a colony experiencing significant financial difficulty, but was popular despite having to institute austerity in government expenditure. In 1895, having earlier declined the highly prestigious post of governor-general of India, he returned to London and served as agent-general for Queensland. In later years, Norman chaired royal commissions on the West Indian colonies and the Boer War, was promoted to Field Marshall, and was vice-president of the Royal Geographical Society. He was honoured with a memorial tablet in St Paul’s Cathedral on his death in 1904.

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Purchased 2015

Accession number: 2015.11

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Sir Leslie Ward (age 52 in 1903)

Sir Henry Wylie Norman (age 77 in 1903)

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