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Charles Henry Theodore Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family c. 1852
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A Useful Branch of the Profession: Portrait Artists in Colonial Australia

Sat 17 Mar, 1pm–1.30pm
NGV Australia, Federation Square
Exhibition space
Ground Level

Joanna Gilmour introduces the portraits in Colony: Australia 1770–1861 and considers the place of portraiture in the output of early Australian artists.


Joanna Gilmour is Curator at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Husbands & Wives (2010); Indecent exposure: Annette Kellerman (2011); Elegance in exile: portrait drawings from colonial Australia (2012); and Sideshow Alley: infamy, the macabre & the portrait (2015). She has also twice been the coordinating curator of the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2012 and 2013.

Joanna Gilmour, Curator, National Portrait Gallery