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A Politician. "He is a Terror to Dummies' [Sir William Foster Stawell, Chief Justice of Victoria]

1873
Tom Durkin and The Weekly Times (publisher)

from the series ‘Masks and Faces’
lithograph on paper (sheet: 36.0 cm x 23.5 cm)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Artist and subject

Tom Durkin (age 20 in 1873)

The Weekly Times

Sir William Foster Stawell (age 58 in 1873)

Subject professions

Law and justice

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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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