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Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 by George Lambert
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Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 (detail) by George Lambert

In developing the National Portrait Gallery Collection, we consider portraits produced in any medium but the sitter must:

  • be Australian-born or closely associated with Australia
  • have contributed substantially to Australian life, history or culture
  • be of enduring public interest

In addition, the portrait must possess aesthetic qualities consistent with the Collection.

If you would like to donate a portrait, and you believe it meets these criteria, please email a photograph of it, along with biographical information of the sitter, to:

Dr Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator
christopher.chapman@npg.gov.au

We also consider donations through the Cultural Gifts Program and by bequest – with the caveat that the same criteria apply.

Portrait valuations

We are unable to provide valuations of artworks. Please refer to the Australian Government’s lists of approved valuers.