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Juan Ford was commissioned by the Melbourne Jewish Museum to paint the portrait of the late Sir Isaac Isaacs, honouring his service as the country's first, Australian-born Governor General. Appointed to the position in 1931, Sir Isaac Isaacs served as a politician in both state and federal government. The striking portrait was unveiled at Victorian Parliament House this week to coincide with the North Library taking his name. The portrait, on loan from the Jewish Museum, depicts Sir Isaac Isaacs in a bowler hat on the steps of Victorian parliament.