Human Kind: transforming identity in Australian and British portraits 1700-1900

Joseph Wright of Derby. 'Self-portrait' Nd


The National Gallery of Victoria's outstanding collection of Australian and British portraits, spanning the Enlightenment and the dawn of Federation, say much about this nation's cultural evolution within a global context. This project will produce an interdisciplinary study of these portraits.


Associate Professor Alison Inglis (the University of Melbourne)

Professor Deirdre Coleman (the University of Melbourne)

Dr Ted Gott (National Gallery of Victoria)

Dr Vivien Gaston (the University of Melbourne)

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1765-1768). Self-portrait Nd (detail) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Gift of Alina Cade in memory of her husband Joseph Wright Cade, 2009 CC PD-US