Past Presents: looking into the art collection took a look at some of the diverse range of artworks from Te Papa's collection. It explored how such a variety of artworks ended up under one roof. Visitors gained an understanding of where the art collection came from and an insight into some recent acquisitions.
This online resource offers an exhibition overview, with a focus on John Singleton Copley's portrait of Mrs Humphrey Devereux. Here, you can find out about the artist and the painting, and learn how the painting came to be part of Te Papa's collection.
Watch a Tales from Te Papa video about this painting.
The portrait of Mrs Humphrey Devereux is part of the Google Art Project