An image of Portrait of the Rt. Hon. William Morris Hughes

Augustus John OM

(Wales 04 Jan 1878 – 31 Oct 1961)

Portrait of the Rt. Hon. William Morris Hughes

Other titles:
W.M. Hughes
Not on display
Further information

William Hughes 1864-1952, Prime Minister of Australia 1915-1923.

Painted in Paris while attending the 1919 Peace Conference. John painted portraits of all the chief delegates.

oil on canvas
80.0 x 59.8 cm stretcher; 100.5 x 80.0 x 9.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed u.r., brown paint "John". Not dated.

Gift of the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank 1946
Accession number
© Augustus John/The Bridgeman Art Library
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London/England
Bank of England, pre 1946, London/England, H.T. Armitage (Governor of the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney 1941-48) discovered in 1945? that the portrait was in the possession of the Bank of England. Through the Commonwealth Bank's London Manager, it was suggested to the Bank of England that the portrait would find a far more appropriate home in Australia. Presented by Lord Catto, Govenor of the Bank of England to H.T. Armitage in 1946 with instructions that the painting be given to the Commonwealth Bank or a National Institution. The portrait hung in the Commonwealth Bank, Sydney for 2 or 3 months and was then presented to AGNSW.
Hugh Traill Armitage, pre 24 May 1946, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of H.T. Armitage, Governor of the Commonwealth Bank 1946