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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.

John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior
John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior
John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior

John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior

Portrait, watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eleanor Thorton 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior
Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior
Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Elegance in exile Portrait drawings from colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2012

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius: four artists who, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist

Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone
Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone
Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone

Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Frost, 1839 an unknown artist, W Read
John Frost, 1839 an unknown artist, W Read
John Frost, 1839 an unknown artist, W Read

John Frost, 1839 an unknown artist, W Read

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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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.