Collection Online
Christ appears to his disciples
oil on canvas
112.2 × 91.5 cm
inscribed in black paint l.l.: W. HATHERELL. / 1925
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1925
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
William Hatherell mainly treated literary and biblical subjects which he painted in an old-fashioned style, using a dry and chalky technique that resembled fresco painting. To modernise his work he usually dressed his figures in contemporary clothing, as he has painted Christ’s disciples here. He possibly exhibited this work at the Royal Academy, London in 1922 then sent it to Sydney for the exhibition of the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists in 1925. He may have re-dated the painting for that exhibition.


Acquired in the year it was painted and entering the collection in this frame, Christ appears to His Disciples is framed in a form used in the later half of the C19th rather than the contemporary framing styles of the 1920’s.

Unknown - 20th century