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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.

A Goldfields Member

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour on Tom Durkin playing with Melbourne's manhood.

Self portrait

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.

A County Court Judge
A County Court Judge
A County Court Judge

A County Court Judge "Sober as a Judge" [Judge Pohlman], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Suburban Member.
A Suburban Member.
A Suburban Member.

A Suburban Member. "Poetry and Politics" [John Whiteman], 1875

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

A Vanquished Knight
A Vanquished Knight
A Vanquished Knight

A Vanquished Knight "Wroth with Kilmore" [The Hon. John O'Shanassy, K.C.M.G.], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Prima Donna [Maria Palmieri]
A Prima Donna [Maria Palmieri]
A Prima Donna [Maria Palmieri]

A Prima Donna [Maria Palmieri], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

A Wool Merchant
A Wool Merchant
A Wool Merchant

A Wool Merchant "Colonial John Bull" [Mr Richard Goldsbrough], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Goldfields Member
A Goldfields Member
A Goldfields Member

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Homeopathy [Dr Günst]
Homeopathy [Dr Günst]
Homeopathy [Dr Günst]

Homeopathy [Dr Günst], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

A Collins Street Surgeon
A Collins Street Surgeon
A Collins Street Surgeon

A Collins Street Surgeon "Patients and Diamonds" [Dr Beaney F.R.C.S.], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

An Ex-Treasurer.
An Ex-Treasurer.
An Ex-Treasurer.

An Ex-Treasurer. "Ultra-Protection!" [Graham Berry, Premier of Victoria], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

A Chief Secretary
A Chief Secretary
A Chief Secretary

A Chief Secretary "Blunt, but Honest" [The Hon. James Goodall Francis], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Right Worshipful.
A Right Worshipful.
A Right Worshipful.

A Right Worshipful. "He objects to Ladies" [James Gatehouse, Mayor of Melbourne, 1874-1875], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

A Premier
A Premier
A Premier

A Premier "The New Man" [The Hon. George Briscoe Kerferd], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Popular Preacher.
A Popular Preacher.
A Popular Preacher.

A Popular Preacher. "Charity Covereth a Multitude of Sins" [Charles Clark], 1873

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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