This work, signed and dated, is one of the portrait medallions made by Woolner during his brief sojourn in Australia (1852-54). According to the State Library, it may have been the model for a bronze medallion produced in 1853-4.
NGV 1905 identifies the sitter (1790-1861) as “the Rev.James Clow, first Presbyterian minister in Melbourne, 1837.”
AR 1891, p.24; NGV 1894, p.127 (V.Buvelot Gallery, s.wall, no.4); NGV 1905, p.151 (V.Buvelot Gallery, s.wall, no.7) [£10]
See also SLV online catalogue (not reproduced); ID photo shown here taken by the author (July 2019)
For the sitter, see e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clow