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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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Album of cartes de visite and cabinet cards compiled by William St Leonards Robertson, 1860s - c.1900 Various

Portrait, 24 page brown leather bound album of 119 cartes de visite and 16 cabinet card photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

Miss Robertson of Colac (Dolly), 1885-86

Brothers on farms

Magazine article by Malcolm Robertson, 2011

Malcolm Robertson tells the family history of one of Australia's earliest patrons of the arts, his Scottish born great great great grandfather, William Robertson.

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various

Portrait, eight carte de visite, hand-coloured contained in red leather concertina presentation case

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist
William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist
William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist

William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock

William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist
William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist
William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist

William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock

William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Robertson junior, c.1857 Conway Hart
William Robertson junior, c.1857 Conway Hart
William Robertson junior, c.1857 Conway Hart

William Robertson junior, c.1857 Conway Hart

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill
William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill
William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

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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.