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Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

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.

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour, gouche and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the career of the eighteenth-century suspected poisoner and portrait artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

The Cutmear sisters, Jane and Lucy, c. 1842

A man of superior attainments

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of a colonial portrait artist, writer and rogue Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2013

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Reverend William Bedford junior, c 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Reverend William Bedford junior, c 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

David M Thomas Dream Job

Previous exhibition, 2011

Since 1993 Brisbane-based artist David M Thomas has investigated self identity through art works that encompass painting, text, audio, video and performance.

Interview with Andy Thomas video: 3 minutes

Andy Thomas 'When I grow up I want to be an astronaut'

Portrait story

An interview with Australian astronaut, Dr. Andy Thomas, who describes the experience of space travel.

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