Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC by Tsering Hannaford is a good portrait to discuss after Rachel Griffiths. What a contrast. If Natasha Bieniek’s portrait is an intimate and personal, Hannaford’s Beazley’s is cool, detached, impersonal sure of her place in the world.
As well she might be. This is the official portrait of the President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. Beazley was the first woman ever appointed to the position which may explain something about the self-assured expression as she appraises the viewer. The expensive suit is exquisitely tailored and she radiates poise and power but it’s the confidence of a woman who has made it in what we have come to realise is an incredibly chauvinistic profession. She has been a fierce advocate for women in the legal profession. It’s a powerful statement. Grace Tame is in this exhibition. Almost everyone in Australia has heard of Grace Tame in the last year. Perhaps Margaret Beazley is reflecting on her 43 years championing the cause of women in the legal profession.