Woolner, Thomas (1825-92; English)
James Clow 1853
Plaster medallion, 31.5 cm diameter
Purchased, 1891
State Library of Victoria (H36)

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