The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

Sir Thomas Austin

(1887-1976), Prime Minister of Kolhapur State

Sitter in 1 portrait

Tell us More

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Make a donation Close



Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

Peter Macann

19 November 2018, 21:23

Sir Thomas Austin was my step father. He married my mother Rosemary Macann (nee Stallard) in 1961. Sir Thomas's first wife Christina (known as Nena) had died some years before. She was a remarkable woman in her own right because as an early 20th century woman she was both a Doctor and a Missionary - though I do not know where she practiced either profession. I remember Home Park House very well as we often came to spend school holidays there with my mother and brother Christopher. We found it an extraordinarily exciting place to explore with all those memoirs of their existence in India, together with grotesque shadow puppets from Thailand. My mother (who's husband died back in 1944) and Tom lived happily together in a flat on Wimbledon Parkside till his death in 1976 aged 89.
I remember him so well as a a calm, quiet and scholarly presence with huge humanity and integrity. There is an area of Bangalore named after him (Austin Town) which he ordered to be built to house the poor of the city.

kathy myers

16 August 2018, 11:33

When Sir Thomas Austin came back to the UK he moved into Home Park House Hampton Wick KT14AE. It was originally a grace and favour house to Hampton court palace but no longer so when he bought it. He came back to the UK with servants from his time in India who looked after him and a mass of Indian furniture and hunting exhibits - he had a whole 60ft room stuffed with elephant tusks and taxidermied tigers and photos of his time in India. The house gradually fell into disrepair and by the time it was sold in 1960 featured 'untouched' regency wall paper and wisteria trees growing through the roof and living rooms. My parents bought the house in 1960 and tried to find 'homes' for all the exhibits left in the house - including miniatures of Clive of India. Some of these items were retained by them. The house was an extraordinary time capsule of the end of the Raj pre Independence.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.

Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

Get Creative

Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

Learn together

Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

Get learning