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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Andrew Sayers AM

Past directors

History

Directors of the National Portrait Gallery from 1998 to today.

Mirka - 9 Collins Street

Wicked but Virtuous

About Face article

Faith Stellmaker shares pioneering artist and restaurateur Mirka Mora’s lasting legacy on Melbourne’s art, dining and culture.

Adut, The Studio Series, 2015 Atong Atem

Icons and Identities

General content

It’s often thought that foremost among portraiture’s many functions is the documentation of individuals who are celebrated and familiar, or who best exemplify the temper and identity of a certain place at a certain time.

Scientific priest, 1965 Dusan Marek

Inner Worlds, Outer Selves

General content

Within a person’s psyche live memories, dreams, instincts, fears and fantasies. On the outside, although our identities may appear far less complicated, we are able to choose which parts of ourselves we wish to project.

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APS2 Casual Visitor Services Officers (Temporary Register)

Applications close midnight 30 June 2023
Employment opportunities

The Visitor Services Officer is part of the Access and Learning Team greeting visitors as part of the front of house team. This role requires experience in dealing with the general public, welcoming at the door and guiding them to the Gallery amenities, scanning pre-sold exhibition tickets, and assisting visitors to various exhibitions in the Gallery.

Mary Chomley

Women make history

Magazine article by Jennifer Higgie, 2022

Jennifer Higgie uncovers the intriguing stories behind portraits of women by women in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists

Unboxed

Magazine article by Sandra Bruce, 2022

Sandra Bruce explores a new acquisition that has within it a story of interconnectivities in the Australian art world.

Beau Dean Riley Smith, Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay nations, Bennelong, 2017

Space in between

Magazine article by Rebecca Ray, 2022

Rebecca Ray goes backstage with Bangarra’s Head of Design and photographer Jacob Nash.

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Rosalie Kunoth, c. 1964

Donald Cameron
Portrait, oil on canvas mounted on board

Gift of Audrey Cameron in memory of the artist Donald Cameron 2022

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister

Splendid, many-splendoured

Magazine article by Sandra Bruce, 2021

Sandra Bruce gazes on love and the portrait through Australian Love Stories’ multi-faceted prism.

Portrait of Elizabeth Gould with a raptor, possibly a red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus), painted in her lifetime Artist unknown

Birds of a feather

Magazine article by Annette Twyman, 2021

Charting a path from cockatiel to finch, Annette Twyman explores her family portraits and stories.

spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock: spaces between movement and stillness

10 February 2021
Archived media releases 2021

To celebrate the new exhibition Australian Love Stories, renowned Australian glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock has been commissioned to make a large-scale installation reflecting on the role the heart plays as our emotional centre.

Kerry Stokes
Kerry Stokes
Kerry Stokes

Kerry Stokes, 2014 (printed 2021)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2021

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth, 2016 (printed 2021)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2021

Richard Walsh, Editor OZ magazine at the Hunter Street offices
Richard Walsh, Editor OZ magazine at the Hunter Street offices
Richard Walsh, Editor OZ magazine at the Hunter Street offices

Richard Walsh, Editor OZ magazine at the Hunter Street offices, c. 1966 (printed 2021)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Tim Bednall 2021

Location

Plan your visit

We’re on King Edward Terrace in front of the High Court and next to the National Gallery of Australia. We are open every day of the year from 10am to 5pm, except 25 December.

Lillie Langtry

Lovely Lillie and Dirty Bertie

Lust

Royal romps: illicit liaisons

Sir Douglas Mawson

Staying home

True south #2
About Face article

Joanna Gilmour brings a mindful Douglas Mawson’s perspective to bear on the concept of isolation.

Dave Graney and Clare Moore

Playing by their own rules

Passion

Joined at the hip

Olegas Truchanas

Giving a dam

True south #1
About Face article

Ensconced and meditative in crisp Tasmania, Joanna Gilmour pays tribute to passionate green advocate and photographer Olegas Truchanas.

Mural of Italian/Roman actress Anna Magnani (1908­–1973) with face mask, April 2020 Unknown artist

Of plague and portraits

About Face article

Corinna Cullen on the symbolic power of pandemic-related imagery over the ages.

Nick Cave

The Amazing Face: a 14-day Dive into Portraiture

Archived media releases 2020

The National Portrait Gallery is offering a free online class on the art of portraiture from April 28.

The eye and the heart

About Face article

Nici Cumpston immerses herself in the collective vision of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

Venetia, Lady Digby, circa 1633-1634 by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Love in the extreme

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2020

Joanna Gilmour reveals love’s more intense manifestations in the tale of Lord Kenelm and Venetia Digby.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

Miles from nowhere, 2008 (printed 2014) from the Games of consequence series 2008 Polixeni Papapetrou

Mother’s muse

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2020

Inga Walton traces the poignant path of photographer Polixeni Papapetrou, revealed in the NGV’s summer retrospective.

Ann Moyal

The elegant thinker

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2020

Sarah Engledow pens a fond farewell to acclaimed science historian Ann Moyal.

Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt as Marguerite Gautier in 'La Dame aux Camélias'
Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt as Marguerite Gautier in 'La Dame aux Camélias'
Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt as Marguerite Gautier in 'La Dame aux Camélias'

Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt as Marguerite Gautier in 'La Dame aux Camélias', 1891

H. Walter Barnett, Falk Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Purchased 2020

Walala Tjapaltjarri
Walala Tjapaltjarri
Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri, 2009

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on cotton rag paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

Bob Hawke

Primed

Some Prime Ministers
Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

Lee Lin Chin

Icons

Parliament House
Touring exhibition, 2019

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Madame du Barry, 1791 by Richard Cosway

Little women

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour looks beyond the ivory face of select portrait miniatures to reveal their sitters’ true grit.

Self portrait

Expect the unexpected

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour revels in accidental artist Charles Rodius’ nineteenth century renderings of Indigenous peoples.

Marcia Langton

The art of multiplicity

Magazine article by Meredith Hughes, 2019

Meredith Hughes explores a key Portrait Gallery work, emerging into the infinite iterations of identity.

Rosie Batty

2017-19 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

From 2017 to 2019 the Acquisition Fund was focussed on the commission of a stunning portrait of Rosie Batty by Nikki Toole.

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Portfolio of 54 portraits compiled by Queen Victoria, 1859–1861 by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, Camille Silvy, Frances Day and William Bambridge

Queen of cartes

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour discusses the role of the carte de visite in portraiture’s democratisation, and its harnessing by Victoria, the world’s first media monarch.

Update on Temporary Closure of the National Portrait Gallery

15 April 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The National Portrait Gallery will close its doors from Tuesday 23 April 2019, but the public are still able to experience the home of portraiture during the four-month closure.

The Textiles Scientist, 2018 by Kate Atkinson

Textiles Scientist Voted the People’s Favourite

27 March 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The black and white portrait of an elderly woman with sidelong glance and irreverent, contemplative smile has taken out the people’s choice award in this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Jeanne Pratt at home
Jeanne Pratt at home
Jeanne Pratt at home

Jeanne Pratt at home, 2015

Alana Landsberry
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alana Landsberry and Bauer Media Australia 2019

James Macarthur
James Macarthur
James Macarthur

James Macarthur, c. 1836-1838

an unknown artist
Portrait, black and bronze ink with white bodycolour highlight on buff board

Purchased 2019

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol
Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol
Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol, 1867

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid down on a section cut from a nineteenth century album page

Purchased 2019

George Spartels
George Spartels
George Spartels

George Spartels, early 1970s

Ivan Gaal
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2019

Charles Perkins
Charles Perkins
Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins, 1974

Frank Hinder
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen, watercolour on paper

Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM

The Delltones
The Delltones
The Delltones

The Delltones, 1964 (printed 2019)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Christmas Island

About Face article

This is my last Trumbology before, in a little more than a week from now, I pass to my successor Karen Quinlan the precious baton of the Directorship of the National Portrait Gallery.

Lady Barkly

Carte-o-mania!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

Michelle Simmons

Three ways to look at a photograph

NPPP 2019 exhibition essay
General content

Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2019 Prize.

Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly, 2018

by Paul Newton
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018

by Andrew Bonneau
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

Anna Meares

Anna Meares, 2018

by Narelle Autio
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by King & Wood Mallesons 2018

Catherine Livingstone

Catherine Livingstone, 2018

by Mathew Lynn
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Ben Roberts-Smith

Ben Roberts-Smith, 2018

by Julian Kingma
General content

Commissioned in 2018 with funds raised through the 2020 project

Tim Fairfax AC

Tim Fairfax, 2018

by Russell Shakespeare
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

Angus Trumble reflects on the force of nature that was Helena Rubinstein.

The Rajah quilt, 1841 by Kezia Hayter

Material culture

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The Rajah Quilt’s narrative promptings are as intriguing as the textile is intricate.

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy

The Writer: Peter Goldsworthy, 2018

by Deidre But-Husaim
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AO and Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018.

Queen Alexandra and Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, Hvidore, circa 1908 by Mary Steen

The cost of living luxuriously

About Face article

In 1904, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia purchased as a gift for her sister, Queen Alexandra, a fan composed of two-color gold, guilloché enamel, mother-of-pearl, blond tortoiseshell, gold sequins, silk, cabochon rubies, and rose diamonds from the House of Fabergé in Saint Petersburg.

Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine

Contemporary women artists make Australian history
Previous exhibition, 2018

This exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history, enriching the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine

28 June 2018
Archived media releases 2018

Ten women artists explore the possibilities of portraiture as a contemporary art form; and reinterpret and reimagine Australian history in the Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.

Fiona McMonagle video: 5 minutes

Fiona McMonagle

Contributing artists

Born: 1977, Letterkenny, Ireland
Works: Melbourne

Nicola Dickson

Contributing artists

Born: 1959, Southport, QLD
Works: Canberra

Linde Ivimey video: 6 minutes

Linde Ivimey

Contributing artists

Born: 1965, Sydney
Works: Sydney

Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine

17 May 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce its winter exhibition is So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history. It will open to the public from 29 June 2018.

The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley

Presence and absence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The art of Australia’s colonial women painters affords us an invaluable, alternative perspective on the nascent nation-building project.

Betty Bryant, c. 1939

The life of Bryant

Magazine article by Tenille Hands, 2018

Tenille Hands explores a portrait prize gifted to the National Screen and Sound Archive.

Greek Orthodox Priest, 2015 by Sarah Ball

Hope for kindness

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

Sarah Engledow arrives at the junction of fate and hope in Sarah Ball’s poignant Immigrants series.

The National Portrait Gallery's 20th birthday party

The National Portrait Gallery's 20th Anniversary

About Face article

Last month we marked the twentieth anniversary of the formal establishment of the National Portrait Gallery, the tenth of the opening of our signature building, and the fifth of our having become a statutory authority under Commonwealth legislation.

Layne Beachley

Collection: Icons

Volume One
Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

The stately lotus

About Face article

I spent much of my summer holiday at D’Omah, on the outskirts of Yogyakarta. Lotus and waterlilies sprout in extraordinary profusion in artful ponds amid palms and deep scarlet ginger flowers.

The blue of the dawn, 2009 by Vittoria Dussoni

NPPP 2011 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2011 Prize.

Woburn Sheepshearing
Woburn Sheepshearing
Woburn Sheepshearing

Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811

Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Portrait, aquatint with stipple and etching and engraving, hand coloured on chine colle on paper laid down on cotton stretched over wooden strainer

Purchased 2018

Gail Kelly
Gail Kelly
Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly, 2018

Paul Newton
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

Tan Le
Tan Le
Tan Le

Tan Le, 2018

John Tsiavis
Portrait, transparency between mirror substrates in LED lightbox

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Anna Meares
Anna Meares
Anna Meares

Anna Meares, 2018

Narelle Autio
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by King & Wood Mallesons 2018

Catherine Livingstone
Catherine Livingstone
Catherine Livingstone

Catherine Livingstone, 2018

Mathew Lynn
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

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Album of cartes de visite and cabinet cards compiled by William St Leonards Robertson, 1860s-c. 1900

Various
Portrait, 24 page brown leather bound album of 119 cartes de visite and 16 cabinet card photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s-1870s

Various
Portrait, eight carte de visites, hand coloured, contained in a red leather presentation case

Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William Robertson
William Robertson
William Robertson

William Robertson, 1866

Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863

William Edward Kilburn
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Tas Bull
Tas Bull
Tas Bull

Tas Bull, 1986 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2018

Hélène Kirsova
Hélène Kirsova
Hélène Kirsova

Hélène Kirsova, c. 1937

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Hélène Kirsova
Hélène Kirsova
Hélène Kirsova

Hélène Kirsova, 1938

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Clara Crosbie
Clara Crosbie
Clara Crosbie

Clara Crosbie, c. 1885

Arthur William Burman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Gift of John McPhee 2018

Lillie Langtry
Lillie Langtry
Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885

W & D Downey
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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Two gentlemen celebrating a birthday (Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge), 1974

Bob Jenyns
Portrait, painted wood, denim, wool, plastic and ten candles

Gift of Frank Watters OAM 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin
The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin, 2017

Wendy Sharpe
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2018

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Leonard French, 1980s (printed 2018)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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Head of H.C. Coombs, c. 1972 (cast 2018)

Norma Redpath
Portrait, bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, 1901

The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported
Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported
Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported

Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported, 1996

Margaret Woodward
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the Karmel family in memory of Lena and Peter Karmel 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Chance meeting, 1940-41 by Martin Lewis

Nocturnal animals

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

Joanna Gilmour explores the enticing urban shadows cast by artists Martin Lewis and Edward Hopper.

Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim

Hump days

Magazine article by Jessica Bolton, 2017

Jessica Bolton navigates the parallel tracks documenting Robyn Davidson’s astonishing journey.

Feminist Fan#1 (PUSSY: Casey at the Melbourne Pussy Riot Protest, 2012) 2015 by Kate Just

Heroine knits

Magazine article by Sophia Cai, 2017

‘Dear Kate Just – I’m your feminist fan’. Interview by Sophia Cai.

An evening at Yarra Cottage, Port Stephens

Maria Caroline Brownrigg

About Face article

At first glance, this small watercolour group portrait of her two sons and four daughters by Maria Caroline Brownrigg (d. 1880) may seem prosaic, even hesitant

Forest Creek, Mount Alexander Diggings, 1852 by S. T. Gill

The Rothschilds, the Montefiores, and the Victorian Gold Rush

About Face article

Some years ago my colleague Andrea Wolk Rager and I spent several days in the darkened basement of a Rothschild Bank, inspecting every one of the nearly 700 autochromes created immediately before World War I by the youthful Lionel de Rothschild.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

Nicholas Harding

28 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Signed and dated 1843 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Queen Victoria

About Face article

Last Sunday I had the privilege of appearing at the Canberra Writers’ Festival in conversation with Julia Baird. The subject of our session was Julia’s recent biography, Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire.

Sarah Bernhardt, 1876 by Georges Clairin

Demimonde liaisons

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2017

Jane Raffan feasts on modernity’s entrée in the Belle Époque theatre of the demimonde.

Margot Rhys, 1935 by Athol Shmith

Progressive pictures

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2017

Athol Shmith’s photographs contributed to the emergence of a new vision of Australian womanhood.

Thomas Mathewson (inset) and his studio on Queen Street, c. 1908 by Thomas Mathewson & Co

Northern exposure

Magazine article by Phil Manning, 2017

Phil Manning celebrates a century of Brisbane photographic portraiture.

Mary (or Diana) Croker, mat woman, Colchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

Dempsey’s People curator David Hansen chronicles a research tale replete with serendipity, adventure and Tasmanian tigers.

Asiel Timor Dei, ca. 1728 by a master of Calamarca

The Viceroyalty of New Spain

About Face article

European painters always enjoyed a good deal of latitude in the representation of angels, those asexual, bodiless, celestial regiments of God, so long as they were young and beautiful.

Luke and Nacoya, 2016 by Daniel Sponiar

The National Photographic Portrait Prize turns ten

About Face article

It is now a little more than 178 years since the French Academy of Sciences was made aware of the invention of the daguerreotype process.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change...

NPPP 2017 exhibition essay
General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

George and Jemima Billet with family

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

Jo Gilmour uncovers endearing authenticity in the art of a twice-transported Tasmanian.

NPPP finalists

20 20

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Geoffrey Graham

The mind's eye

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman takes a trip through the doors of perception, arriving at the junction of surrealism and psychoanalysis.

Louise Lovely feeding gulls in a park, 1969 Unknown photographer

Jewelled nights

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2017

Anne Sanders celebrates the cinematic union of two pioneering australian women.

Revd Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, c.1795 by Sir Henry Raeburn

Great Scots

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2017

Diana O’Neil samples the tartan treats on offer in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

Sylvia Breamer
Sylvia Breamer
Sylvia Breamer

Sylvia Breamer, c. 1920

Witzel Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Sylvia Breamer
Sylvia Breamer
Sylvia Breamer

Sylvia Breamer, c. 1917-1919

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick

Kate Fitzpatrick, 1978 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Portrait of David Dridan
Portrait of David Dridan
Portrait of David Dridan

Portrait of David Dridan, 1992

Brian Dunlop
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Dridan OAM 2017

Gough Whitlam
Gough Whitlam
Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir John Gorton
Sir John Gorton
Sir John Gorton

Sir John Gorton, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Joe Darling (image plate from The Empire's Cricketers. London: Fine Art Society), 1905

an unknown artist after Albert Chevallier Tayler
Portrait, chromolithograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, c. 1870

James E. Bray
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Purchased 2017

Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty

Rosie Batty, 2017

Nikki Toole
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2017

A Goldfields Member

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour on Tom Durkin playing with Melbourne's manhood.

Director John Duigan and actor Judy Davis on the set of ‘Winter of our Dreams’, Sydney, 1981 by Robert McFarlane

Natural born stiller

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist speaks to Robert McFarlane about shooting for the stars.

Sisters, 2015 by André Brönnimann

Adam’s Prize Apples

Magazine article by Pamela Gerrish Nunn, 2016

Pamela Gerrish Nunn explores New Zealand’s premium award for portraiture.

Cachasunghia, Osage Warrior 1804–06 by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin

Political profiles

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour examines the prolific output of Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, and discovers the risk of taking a portrait at face value.

Angus Trumble and Brownie

A bear of great substance

About Face article

Just in time for Christmas, Angus reflects on the most special present he has ever received.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Crème Valaze

From lanolin to Balenciaga
About Face article

Helena Rubinstein (1872‒1965) was the first self-made millionairess of modern times, and created the first publicly-listed global cosmetics corporation. 

Nicholas Harding, 2016 Mark Mohell

Nicholas Harding

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Over the years the young Nicholas Harding got his hands on various mice and guinea pigs, but they served mainly to illustrate the concept of mortality. 

William Robinson, 2016 by Mark Mohell

William Robinson

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Unique in the world, perhaps, is a bronze sculpture that fuses the age-old human portrait bronze tradition, and the later genre of the bronze pug figurine: that’d be William Robinson’s Self-portrait with pug.

Kristin Headlam with Basil, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Kristin Headlam

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Basil grew into a speckled beauty – a long-legged leaper and an exceptionally vocal dog, with a great register of sounds, ascending in shock value from a whimper to a growl to a bark to a yelp that’s a violation of the ears.

Sarah Engledow and Acorn, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Explore The Popular Pet Show

The artists and their furry friends
General content

Curator, Sarah Engledow, introduces the artists and the animals in The Popular Pet Show.

Woman with Fair Hair and Pink Cardigan, 1949 by John Perceval.

The family scene

Magazine article, 2016

Traudi Allen discovers sensitivity, humour and fine draughtsmanship in the portraiture of John Perceval.

Tim Flannery

Provocative talks on Saturdays in September

29 August 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Join The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent, Karen Middleton, for A Month of Saturdays – afternoon conversations bringing current affairs experts to the Gallery for engaging, real-time discussions about the topics that matter.

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Mary, Queen of Scots by unknown artist, National Portrait Gallery of London

Portrait dendrochronology

About Face article

Angus's latest Trumbology is accompanied by the following caveat: 'This one is reeeeeeally geeky.'

Thomas Woolner

The mystery of Enoch Arden

About Face article

Tennyson's Enoch Arden was inspired by a story that Thomas Woolner passed on to him – but whose story and of whom?

Inditchenous beestes of New Olland

About Face article

A remarkable undated drawing by Edward Lear (1812–88) blends natural history and whimsy.

Free Range Cousins, 2015 by Jennifer Stocks

Children of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Learning resource
Learning resource archive

Senses, movement and imagination in portraits of children from the 2016 Prize. For Year 1 - 3 students.

Waterfall in Australia, c. 1830 by Augustus Earle

Augustus serendipitous

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

The London-born son of an American painter, Augustus Earle ended up in Australia by accident in January 1825. 

Stevie Wright

Tribute

Stevie Wright
Magazine article, 2016

Stevie Wright (1947-2015), singer-songwriter, came to Australia from England at the age of nine.

Peter Wilmoth, age 12, with copies of Our World 1974 Courtesy of the author

Paper, boy

Magazine article by Peter Wilmoth, 2016

Peter Wilmoth’s boy-journalist toolkit for antagonising an Australian political giant.

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 by William Dobell

Bill and Ted's excellent portrait.

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow on Messrs Dobell and MacMahon and the art of friendship.

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New Chief Patron for the National Portrait Gallery

8 March 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Mrs Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO has accepted an invitation to become the new Chief Patron of the National Portrait Gallery. 

'Moses' by Michelangelo, c. 1513–1515

Not perspiring, but glowing.

The cultural history of radiance.
About Face article

Angus Trumble explores the creative manifestations of radiance.

Olga Radalyski prison records, on loan from the Public Record Office of Victoria.

The sensational denouement of the case

The Yarra Boot Trunk Tragedy, 12 January 1899
About Face article

The 'Yarra Boot Trunk Tragedy' unfolded a week before Christmas 1898, when some neighbourhood boys noticed a wooden box floating in the river at Richmond. 

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior, c. 1836

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton
Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Commissioned with the assistance of funds provided by Janet Whiting AM, Philip Lukies and Antonia Syme 2016

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns]
John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns]
John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns]

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866

Edouard Gatel
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Goldfields Member
A Goldfields Member
A Goldfields Member

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

The Member of the Upper House
The Member of the Upper House
The Member of the Upper House

The Member of the Upper House "One of the Olden Time" [The Hon. John Alston Wallace M.L.C.], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Purchased 2016

Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster]
Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster]
Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster]

Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Collins Street Surgeon
A Collins Street Surgeon
A Collins Street Surgeon

A Collins Street Surgeon "Patients and Diamonds" [Dr Beaney F.R.C.S.], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Self portrait

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour accounts for Australia’s deliciously ghoulish nineteenth century criminal portraiture. 

Chang the Chinese giant and party

The portrait writ large

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Karen Vickery on Chang the Chinese giant in Australia.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

John Monash

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

Karl James gives short shrift to doubts about the profile of General Sir John Monash.

Ned Kelly death mask

Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait
Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Ned Kelly death mask

The Waxworks

General content

Waxworks were among the various types of entertainment venue to emerge in Australian cities in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Ned Kelly death mask

Sideshow Alley: Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

5 December 2015
Archived media releases 2015

Bushrangers, oddities, true crime and scandal come together in this modern day cabinet of curiosities.

Death mask of George Melville courtesy of National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Old Melbourne Gaol Collection

A colourful story from Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait
About Face article

From infamous bushranger to oyster shop display, curator Jo Gilmour explores the life of George Melville.

The Bare story

General content

Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers AM FAHA

13 October 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff mourn the loss of the National Portrait Gallery's inaugural director.

Jaynie Anderson

Sitter still

Magazine article by Emeritus Professor Jaynie Anderson AM, 2015

Jaynie Anderson reflects on her experience as sitter for Reshid Bey’s 1962 portrait.

Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock

Secure the shadow ere the substance fade

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

The tragic tale of Tom Wills, the ‘inventor’ of Australian Rules Football.

Self portrait, 1786 by John Kay

Alternative virtue

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour presents John Kay’s portraits of a more infamous side of Edinburgh.

A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach

No small wonder

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour describes how artist Sam Leach works on a small scale to grand effect.

Lady Barkly

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic

The silent partner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

One half of the team that was Eltham Films left scarcely a trace in the written historical record, but survives in a vivid portrait.

Portrait of Captain John Hunter

Goods and chattels

About Face article

I have been reading systematically through the ads in the earliest issues of the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, such a rich vein of information about certain aspects of daily life in Regency Sydney.

Portrait of Thea Proctor, 1905 by George Lambert

The real Thea

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Long after the portraitist became indifferent to her, and died, a beguiling portrait hung over its subject.

Shall I raise my eyebrows and gasp? (Alex), 2011 by TextaQueen

Pen power

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Politics and personae in the portraiture of TextaQueen by Jane Raffan.

Andy Thomas

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Barry Humphries

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Trumble's way

About Face article

At the end of a summer break one is tempted to say that there is nothing much to report. Isn’t one restful holiday very much like another?

Edward Hargraves
Edward Hargraves
Edward Hargraves

Edward Hargraves, c. 1884

Henry King
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sir Oswald Brierly
Sir Oswald Brierly
Sir Oswald Brierly

Sir Oswald Brierly, c. 1870

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Gamaliel Butler
Gamaliel Butler
Gamaliel Butler

Gamaliel Butler, c. 1810

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Purchased 2015

"Saide, R.Y.S." Charles Gibson Millar (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1894

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

James T. Donovan
James T. Donovan
James T. Donovan

James T. Donovan, 1892

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2015

Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick
Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick
Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick

Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick, c. 1977

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Jozef Vissel 2015

Stan de Teliga
Stan de Teliga
Stan de Teliga

Stan de Teliga, 1973

Vaike Liibus
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Liibus family 2015

Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere
Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere
Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere

Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere, 1825

Jean Coutant after Jacques Etienne Victor Arago
Portrait, line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, c. 1774

Valentine Green after Johann Zoffany
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)
Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)
Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)

Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends), 2008

Kate Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist, Kate Rae and Mosman Art Gallery with the encouragement of the Hetherington family 2015

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1870

William H. Bardwell
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Jan Senbergs
Jan Senbergs
Jan Senbergs

Jan Senbergs, 2015

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2015

Unsettled dogs, 2012 by Sam Jinks

Sam Jinks

More about In the flesh artists

Born in Bendigo, Victoria, Sam Jinks’ work can be found in various public collections that include the Kiran Nader Museum of Art, Dehli, India and the Museo Escultura Figurativa Internacional Contemporaenea (MEFIC), Portugal.

Self portrait

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

Arcadia: Sound of the sea

Exhibition introduction
General content

One night in the spring of 1970 in an old house in Whale Beach, north of Sydney, John Witzig, Albe Falzon and David Elfick put together the first issue of Tracks, playing Neil Young’s album Harvest over and over again as they pasted up galleys of type.

Visiting the gallery

How to get here
Plan your visit

Maps and public transport information for your visit.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

How the National Portrait Gallery and its unique collection came to be

Angus Trumble with Self portrait at easel by Fred Williams

Autumn in Canberra

About Face article

In Persuasion (1818), a long walk on a fine autumn day affords Anne Elliot an opportunity to ruminate wistfully and at great length upon declining happiness, youth and hope.

Clem Hill (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
Clem Hill (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
Clem Hill (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)

Clem Hill (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896

H Parker Rolfe
Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson, c. 1866

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

The Australian Tom Thumb (John David Armstrong)
The Australian Tom Thumb (John David Armstrong)
The Australian Tom Thumb (John David Armstrong)

The Australian Tom Thumb (John David Armstrong), c. 1880

J D. Cooper
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Lord John Russell
Lord John Russell
Lord John Russell

Lord John Russell, 1844

Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Ken Catchpole
Ken Catchpole
Ken Catchpole

Ken Catchpole, 2014

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2014

Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)

Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896

H Parker Rolfe
Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Anne Levy
Anne Levy
Anne Levy

Anne Levy, 2011

Hugh Adamson
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Gift of Anne Levy AO 2014

Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed

Pop poet

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2013

Dr Anne Sanders previews the works in the new focus exhibition Paul Kelly and The Portraits.

Mr John Eason

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of convict-turned-artist William Buelow Gould.

Models with trident and 1970s lamp 2013
 by Wendy Sharpe

Observation point

Magazine article by Wendy Sharpe, 2013

Australian artist and Archibald Prize finalist, Wendy Sharpe reflects on the art of portraiture.

‘Untitled’ - Yellow Kangaroo Paw, 2008 by Christian Thompson

The 'I' in Indigenous art

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan examines unique styles of Indigenous portraiture that challenge traditional Western concepts of the artform.

Kaloti Parmjit, 2012 by Louise Whelan

Louise Whelan

Finalist interviews

I met Kaloti Parmjit the day I took the photo. I first visited the Sikh temple in the suburb of Glenwood to take photos as part of a social documentary project I'm undertaking for the State Library of NSW.

Yhonnie and Indiana, 2012 by Janelle Low

NPPP 2013 learning resource

Learning resource archive

Exploring select works from the NPPP 2012. For secondary students.

Swimming with Platypus, 2009

Someone to watch over you

Magazine article by Carrie Kibbler, 2013

Carrie Kibbler looks at how portraiture fits into the Australian Artbank Collection.

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979–1980

Listomania

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Sarah Engledow describes the fall-out once Brett Whiteley stuck Patrick White’s list of his loves and hates onto his great portrait of the writer.

Moonboy, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Tim Storrier, 2013

Tim Storrier describes the influences on the development of his artistic style.

Janice Wakely

Generous Janice

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow puts four gifts to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection in context.

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats

South-bound and down

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour recounts the story of ill-fated sea voyages in the early stages of the Antipodean colony.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan investigates auction sales of self portraits nationally and internationally.

The Sands Brothers (group photograph)

Seeing stars

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores photographic depictions of Aboriginal sportsmen including Lionel Rose, Dave Sands, Jerry Jerome and Douglas Nicholls.

John Connell
John Connell
John Connell

John Connell, c. 1830

Richard Read Jnr
Portrait, watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Gift of Eleanor Thornton 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Miss Elizabeth Roberts
Miss Elizabeth Roberts
Miss Elizabeth Roberts

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830

Richard Read Jnr
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Purchased 2013

Portrait of Henry Hopkins
Portrait of Henry Hopkins
Portrait of Henry Hopkins

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2013

Andrew Sayers
Andrew Sayers
Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers, 2012

Mark Mohell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman
Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman
Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman

Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman, c. 1880

William B. Latimer, W B Latimer Photo Art Studio
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Purchased 2013

Dorothy
Dorothy
Dorothy

Dorothy, 1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c. 1964 (printed 2003)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown

Bryan Brown, 2008

Adam Knott
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne

The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne, 1839

Charles Turner after Sir George Hayter
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Tommy Tycho
Tommy Tycho
Tommy Tycho

Tommy Tycho, 1986

Calvin Winetroube
Portrait, colour photolithograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Vicky Tycho 2013

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About Headspace

General content

Both making and exploring art involve a form of thinking that opens the way to multiple systems of knowing and experiencing.

Past, present, future, 2002 by Wang Qingsong
M+ Sigg Collection

Chinese Art

General content

A short overview of modern Chinese art from 1949 to the present.

The Darling

The Darling

Moustaches

Beards were generally been out for British military men in the 1800s: civilians might have worn them as badges of masculinity, but in the army they were perhaps a bit too close to indiscipline for comfort.

The Gibb

The Gibb

Beards

The 1950s are popularly thought of as an uptight, conservative time when men were clean-cut, brylcreemed and clean-shaven.

Arthur Streeton

The 1890s to the 1940s

Mo and beard timeline

Although the tough, weathered, hard-drinking bushmen of the kind mythologised by writers like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson are popularly associated with the character of late nineteenth century Australia, it was also a time when alternative ideas about identity began to come into play.

Thomas Woolner

The 1850s to the 1880s

Mo and beard timeline

The restrained and cultivated facial hair fashions evident through the first decades of the 1800s were on the wane by the middle of the century, when hirsute faces became mainstream.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

The 1780s to the 1840s

Mo and beard timeline

Eighteenth century men differed from those of the preceding centuries in their preference for beardlessness.

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis

Lecture, 4 June 2011
General content

Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
General content

Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

Man of the year #4, 2011 by Agus Suwage

Agus Suwage

by Enin Supriyanto
Artist essays

Born in 1959, Agus Suwage was educated in the creative hub of Central Java, Yogyakarta before moving west to study graphic design at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

Trans-, 2004-05 by Tejal Shah

Tejal Shah

by Gitanjali Dang
Artist essays

Born in 1979, Tejal Shah grew up in Chhattisgarh, central India, moving to Bombay in 1995.

Ang Retabla Rizalista (Relikaryo ni Arnulfo Tikb-ang) 2011 The Rizalian Retablo (Reliquary by Arnulfo Tikb-ang)
by Alwin Reamillo

Alwin Reamillo

by Christine Clark
Artist essays

Alwin Reamillo was born in Manila, Philippines in 1964. He studied painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, and began his career as a visual art teacher at the Philippine High School for the Arts.

Keep the balance, 2010 by Eko Nugroho

Eko Nugroho

by Adeline Ooi
Artist essays

Born and raised in Yogyakarta, Eko Nugroho (b. 1977) entered the art scene at the height of Reformasi.

Refound line, 2011 by S Teddy D

S Teddy D

by Elly Kent
Artist essays

S Teddy D was born in Padang, Sumatra in 1970, and studied painting at the Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of Art) in Yogyakarta.

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979–1980

White Whiteley

The portrait of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley
Previous exhibition, 2012

Eleven works by Brett Whiteley, centred around his scintillating 'Patrick White at Centennial Park 1979-1980'.

David Low
David Low
David Low

David Low, 1917

Rudolph Buchner
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, sepia toned on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Robyn Archer
Robyn Archer
Robyn Archer

Robyn Archer, 1990

George Gittoes AM
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Robyn Archer AO 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832

Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist, 2011

Andrew Mezei
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased 2012

Belinda Giblin
Belinda Giblin
Belinda Giblin

Belinda Giblin, n.d.

Stuart Campbell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

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Cardinal George Pell, 2007 (printed 2012)

David Roberts
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790

John Young after Gilbert Stuart
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Bert Hinkler
Bert Hinkler
Bert Hinkler

Bert Hinkler, 1930s

Nison Tregor
Portrait, cast metal with gold finish

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Alan Foulkes in memory of Mark Graham Cleghorn 2012

Gamaliel Butler
Gamaliel Butler
Gamaliel Butler

Gamaliel Butler, c. 1824

an unknown artist
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Merv Shearman 2012

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Donald Friend at Owl Creek, 1983

Lawrence Daws
Portrait, ink and charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lawrence Daws 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Painting shirt (Self portrait), 2011 by Kate Beynon

Observation point

Magazine article by Kate Beynon, 2011

Artist Kate Beynon reflects on the place of portraiture in her artistic career.

Federal Statistican Knibbs

The numbers man

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Dr. Sarah Engledow tells the story of Australia's first Federal statistician, Sir George Knibbs.

A woman of New South Wales, c. 1840

More cash than dash

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes how colonial portraitists found the perfect market among social status seeking Sydneysiders.

Man of the year #4, 2011 by Agus Suwage

Beyond the Self

Contemporary Portraiture from Asia
Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition examines the representation of the self in current South and Southeast Asian art practice through the work of artists from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand

Boy on the dragon, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Zhong Chen, 2011

Zhong Chen's paintings of boys on Chinese zodiac animals and kung fu images reflect his identity as a Chinese-Australian artist.

Louis XVI giving final instructions to the Comte de La Perouse, c. 1785

Sea legged frogs

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes some of the stories of the individuals and incidents that define French exploration of Australia and the Pacific.

Sir Joseph Banks

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Celebrating a new painted portrait of Joseph Banks, Sarah Engledow spins a yarn of the naturalist, the first kangaroo in France and Don, a Spanish ram.

Sandor Ferenczis 50th birthday dinner, Budapest, 1923

Less than six degrees of separation

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2011

Anne Sanders finds connections in Inner Worlds between Hungarian expatriates and the development of psychoanalysis in Australia.

Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011

Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011, 2011

TextaQueen
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Purchased 2011

Noni Hazlehurst
Noni Hazlehurst
Noni Hazlehurst

Noni Hazlehurst, 1977 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Trukanini
Trukanini
Trukanini

Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s)

Charles Woolley
Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Allanah Dopson & Nicholas Heyward 2009

John Shirlow
John Shirlow
John Shirlow

John Shirlow, c. 1937

Julian Smith
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia

No shirt, no service

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Bon Scott and Angus Young photographed by Rennie Ellis are part of a display celebrating summer and images of the shirtless male.

Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000

Paths to portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

The life and art of Australian artist Jenny Sages is on display in the exhibition Paths to Portraiture.

Paul Grabowsky

Feel the music

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian composer Paul Grabowsky by photographer Martin Philbey.

Lucy, 2001

Technical terminology

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond introduces some of the ideas behind the exhibition Present Tense: An imagined grammar of portraiture in the digital age.

Self portrait

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Whether the result of misadventure or misdemeanour, many accomplished artists were transported to Australia where they ultimately left a positive mark on the history of art in this country.

General Birdwood, the Idol of Anzac, taking a dip in the sea after a hard days work 1915

In the thick of it

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Projecting the splendour of the empire, and the resolve of its subjects, the bust of William Birdwood keeps a stiff upper lip in the National Portrait Gallery.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Husbands and Wives

Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia
Previous exhibition, 2010

'I have just been to my dressing case to take a peep at you.

Sir William Charles Windeyer

Private virtues public lives

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Family affections are preserved in a fine selection of intimate portraits.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill

Australian of the Year

Inspiring a Nation
Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

Album of cartes de visite and cabinet card photograph including a portrait of John Tebbutt
Album of cartes de visite and cabinet card photograph including a portrait of John Tebbutt
Album of cartes de visite and cabinet card photograph including a portrait of John Tebbutt

Album of cartes de visite and cabinet card photograph including a portrait of John Tebbutt, c. 1870s

Various
Portrait, leather-bound album of cartes de visite and cabinet cards, 46 page book, featuring 156 photographs

Gift of Mike MacPhail 2010

Mickey Johnson
Mickey Johnson
Mickey Johnson

Mickey Johnson, c. 1896

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre, 2005

R. Ian Lloyd
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Reverend Daniel Draper
Reverend Daniel Draper
Reverend Daniel Draper

Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866

Fredrick Charles Burman after John Cochran
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Purchased 2010

Mr and Mrs Case
Mr and Mrs Case
Mr and Mrs Case

Mr and Mrs Case, 1864

Alexander Fox and Co
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Gustavus Brooke
Gustavus Brooke
Gustavus Brooke

Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865

Burman and Son
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Purchased 2010

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, albumen photograph carte de visite

Purchased 2010

My father-in-law watering his garden, 1986 by Davida Allen

Lovingly observed

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sarah Engledow previews the beguiling summer exhibition, Idle hours.

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones

Home and away

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir William Dobell painted the portraits of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and Sir Hudson Fysh, who did much to promote the image of Australia in this country and abroad.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie

Sure thing

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie 1887 by Frederick Woodhouse Snr. is a portrait of James Scobie, well known jockey and eminent horse trainer.

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About the exhibition

Portraits + Architecture
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Portrait of Lady Eyre Williams (Jessie Gibbon)

Chance encounter

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of one of Melbourne's early socialites, Jessie Eyre Williams.

Portrait of Troppo Architects, 2009

Thinking about architecture and portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Christopher Chapman describes the experimental exhibition Portraits + Architecture

Jessie Street

Worth her salt

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Jerrold Nathan's portrait of Jessie Street shows the elegant side of a many-faceted lady.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the

Heartfelt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Janet and Horace Keats with the spirit of the poet Christopher Brennan is brought to life by artist Dora Toovey.

Sir Sidney Kidman

The fat of the land

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir Sidney Kidman (1857-1935) is inscribed in Australian legend as the ‘Cattle King’. 

Portrait of Cate Blanchett

Being Cate

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

A moving portrait of Cate Blanchett unfolds as an inspired pairing of medium and subject.

Annette Kellerman, c. 1916

Naked ambition

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour dives into the life of Australian swimming legend Annette Kellerman.

Lucy Escott
Lucy Escott
Lucy Escott

Lucy Escott, c. 1861

Dalton's Royal Photographic Gallery
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite, hand coloured on card

Purchased 2009

R O'Hara Burke
R O'Hara Burke
R O'Hara Burke

R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Purchased 2009

William John Wills
William John Wills
William John Wills

William John Wills, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir Charles Gavan Duffy
Sir Charles Gavan Duffy
Sir Charles Gavan Duffy

Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, c. 1870

Batchelder & Company Photo
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Graham Smith 2009

Victor Trumper
Victor Trumper
Victor Trumper

Victor Trumper, 1905

George Beldam, Sun Electric Engraving Company
Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

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Self portrait, 1971

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Diana de Kessler 2009

Francis Russell Nixon
Francis Russell Nixon
Francis Russell Nixon

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-1855

an unknown artist after George Richmond
Portrait, copperplate engraving, heightened with China white on buff paper

Purchased 2009

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers)
The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers)
The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers)

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896

David Davies
Portrait, pastel on paper

Purchased 2009

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Portrait of Andrew Garran, c 1895

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on cedar panel

On loan from the Garran family

My Favourite Australian

My Favourite Australian

Previous exhibition, 2008

My Favourite Australian is a project developed in collaboration with ABC TV and the people of Australia.

Margaret Whitlam

Open Air

Portraits in the Landscape
Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

Layne Beachley

Everybody's heard about the bird

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Two professionals; Australian surfer Layne Beachley and photographer Petrina Hicks, combine their strengths to achieve a remarkable portrait.

Tim Winton

Tracks in the sand

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses Quentin Jones's photograph of Australian author Tim Winton.

Axe Me Biggie

Axe Me Biggie

Magazine article by Stephen Dupont, 2008

Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont's Afghanistan project captures the human experience of a country in reconstruction.

Facing Australia, Composite portrait: Facing St Lucia, 2003

Conflicting images

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

Michael Desmond reveals the origins of composite portraits and their evolution in the pursuit of the ideal.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett
Portrait of Cate Blanchett
Portrait of Cate Blanchett

Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008

David Rosetzky
Portrait, single channel moving image, colour, sound, 9 minutes, 56 seconds

Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2008

Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy

Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Layne Beachley
Layne Beachley
Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley, 2008

Petrina Hicks
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned 2008

Sir Hudson Fysh
Sir Hudson Fysh
Sir Hudson Fysh

Sir Hudson Fysh, 1950

Sir William Dobell OBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Australian War Memorial in association with the Fysh family 2008

Martha Kermode
Martha Kermode
Martha Kermode

Martha Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2008. The original frame for this work was donated to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia by the National Gallery of Victoria 2009.

Robert Kermode
Robert Kermode
Robert Kermode

Robert Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2008. The original frame for this work was donated to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia by the National Gallery of Victoria 2009.

Steven Heathcote
Steven Heathcote
Steven Heathcote

Steven Heathcote, 2007

Julian Kingma
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of Julian Kingma 2008

Y-erran-gou-la-ga
Y-erran-gou-la-ga
Y-erran-gou-la-ga

Y-erran-gou-la-ga, published 1807

Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Portrait, engraving, hand coloured on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Robert Emerson Curtis
Robert Emerson Curtis
Robert Emerson Curtis

Robert Emerson Curtis, 1943

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Werner Baer
Werner Baer
Werner Baer

Werner Baer, 1947

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Richard King 2008. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Merioola Group
The Merioola Group
The Merioola Group

The Merioola Group, 1940s

Alec Murray
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner
Senator Bonner

Senator Bonner, 1990

Robert Campbell Jnr
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2008

Tim Winton
Tim Winton
Tim Winton

Tim Winton, 2004

Quentin Jones
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Adam Lindsay Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon

Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1890-1894

S. Milbourn Jnr
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Portrait of Alfred Simpson
Portrait of Alfred Simpson
Portrait of Alfred Simpson

Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

Courtesy of Mr Antony Simpson

Layne Beachley
Layne Beachley
Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley, 2008

Petrina Hicks
Portrait, single channel moving image, colour, silent, continuous loop

Commissioned 2008

Sydney city (Patrick White and Tom Uren, Hiroshima Day demonstration), 1984

The activist A-list

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow examines a number of figures in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery who were pioneers or substantial supporters of the seminal Australian environmental campaigns of the early 1970s and 1980s.

MacKenzie family silhouette

All there in black and white

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery acquired a beguiling silhouette group portrait by Samuel Metford, an English artist who spent periods of his working life in America.

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst

Be bold

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2007

The name of Florence Broadhurst, one of Australia’s most significant wallpaper and textile designers, is now firmly cemented in the canon of Australian art and design.

Personal Hygiene, 2007

Shifting pixels

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2007

In 2007 the National Portrait Gallery produced its first online exhibition featuring the animated self portraits created by some of Australia’s most innovative visual artists and animators.

Walter Lindrum OBE

Cannonical

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Walter Lindrum, world-famous billiards player, was one of Australia's greatest sporting champions.

Dame Mary Gilmore

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Karee Kayvon, 2006

Virtual lives

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2007

A brief introduction to the Weird, Wired World of Internet Portraiture.

Steven Bishop, performer by Nathalie Latham

Australia's Creative Diaspora

Photographed by Nathalie Latham
Previous exhibition, 2007

Paris based Australian photographer and filmmaker Nathalie Latham has an ongoing interest in the creative achievements of other Australian artists living in various locations around the globe.

General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999

On active service

Magazine article by Sam Bowker, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired an evocative depiction of soldier Peter Cosgrove by the Victorian-based painter, printmaker and sculptor Rick Amor.

Martin Sharp

Oz and beyond

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Martin Sharp fulfils the Pop art idiom of merging art and life.

Captain W Kinghorne
Captain W Kinghorne
Captain W Kinghorne

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834

Thomas James Lempriere
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

Captain James King, engraving after Webber
Captain James King, engraving after Webber
Captain James King, engraving after Webber

Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi after John Webber
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Omai, A Native of Ulaietea
Omai, A Native of Ulaietea
Omai, A Native of Ulaietea

Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774

Francesco Bartolozzi after Nathaniel Dance
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007

Jude Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007

Jude Rae
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007

Jude Rae
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE
Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE

Study for portrait of Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007

Jude Rae
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

Milton Glaser Art is Work

Sam Haskins

Portraits & Other Stories
Previous exhibition, 2006

Haskins is known for his poetic combinations of images and this exhibition of 'extended' portraits builds on this approach.

Glenn McGrath

Pigeon coup

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Glenn McGrath makes a strong impact on the English batsmen and the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.

Billy Hughes paperweight

Mugshots

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia

Cultural kaleidoscope

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.

Sam and the Perfect World, 2005

The news from Washington

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2006

Australia's former Cultural Attache to the USA, Ron Ramsey, describes the mood at the opening week of the revitalised American National Portrait Gallery.

Shane Warne

Flash

Australian Athletes in Focus
Previous exhibition, 2006

Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

Leigh Bowery in Fur Coat

Hyperversity

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the larger-than-life Australian performance artist, Leigh Bowery.

Elle Macpherson

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

Caroline Pileggi

Ready , set... shoot

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

The exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus offers various interpretations of sporting men and women by five Australian photographers.

Sir Edward Holden

Promise Fulfilled

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The life and achievements of Sir Edward Holden, who is represented in the portrait collection by a bust created by Leslie Bowles.

Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow
Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow
Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow

Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow, 1896

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2006

Study for a portrait of Alex Wodak
Study for a portrait of Alex Wodak
Study for a portrait of Alex Wodak

Study for a portrait of Alex Wodak, c. 2005

Nick Mourtzakis
Portrait, conte pencil and pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Jack Wodak 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Shane Warne, 2006

Robin Sellick
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2006

Edward John Eyre
Edward John Eyre
Edward John Eyre

Edward John Eyre, 1867

Julia Margaret Cameron
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on paper

Presented by Sir Roy Strong and the late Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman in memory of their friendship with Gordon Darling and Marilyn Darling 2006

Barry Humphries

Clifton Pugh

Australians
Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

Margaret Whitlam

Glossy too

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

The Glossy 2 exhibition highlights the integral role magazine photography plays in illustrating and shaping our contemporary culture.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940
	 by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton

Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2005

Accomplished illustrator, painter, writer and diarist, set designer and one of the most distinguished photographers of the twentieth century, Cecil Beaton is renowned for his portraits of well known faces from the worlds of fashion, literature, and film.

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Washington preview

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2005

Ron Ramsey, former Director of Cultural Relations at the Embassy of Australia interviewed NPG Washington Director, Marc Pachter, about their building renovations.

Rock Island Bend. Franklin River, South West Tasmania, 1979 by Peter Dombrovskis

Written in Water

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, photographers and conservationists, shared a love of photography and exploring wilderness areas of Tasmania.

Paul Kelly

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

Australia has become recognised for the range and talent of its musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities in general associated with the music industry

Professor Peter Doherty

Friends and Acquaintances

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr. Sarah Engledow discusses a collection of drawings and prints by the Victorian artist Rick Amor acquired in 2005.

Sir Lindesay Clark

The Stories Beneath

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005
The Alcoa World Alumina Australia gift.
True Stories - Helen Garner

True Stories

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

The story behind the creation of the portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages.

Robert Klippel

A bond of friendship

Magazine article by Yvonne Audette AM, 2005

Australia's major abstract painter Yvonne Audette discusses her portrait of sculptor Robert Kippel.

Akira Isogawa

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

The rose, 1927

The World of Thea Proctor

Previous exhibition, 2005

The World of Thea Proctor is the Portrait Gallery's second major biographical exhibition - that is, the second exhibition to focus exclusively on the life and work of a single individual

Dr John Yu

Clay, water, fire

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

Ah Xian's porcelain portrait of paediatrician Dr. John Yu reflects Yu's heritage and interests.

Lady Knox
Lady Knox
Lady Knox

Lady Knox, c. 1927-1929

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Lady Natasha Johnston
Lady Natasha Johnston
Lady Natasha Johnston

Lady Natasha Johnston, 1968

Cecil Beaton
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Hugo Vickers 2005

Portrait of Deborah Vernon Hackett
Portrait of Deborah Vernon Hackett
Portrait of Deborah Vernon Hackett

Portrait of Deborah Vernon Hackett, c. 1908

Florence Ada Fuller
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2005

Jackie French
Jackie French
Jackie French

Jackie French, 1999

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Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 2004

Peter Russell-Clarke
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Andrew Southall
Andrew Southall
Andrew Southall

Andrew Southall, 1992

Rick Amor
Portrait, drypoint on wove paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Fulton

Masters of Fare

Chefs, winemakers, providores
Previous exhibition, 2004

Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores celebrates men and women who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia, enriching our lives with new ideas and new flavours over the past forty years.

Portrait of Ninette Dutton

In a glance

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portrait of Ninette Dutton by Bette Mifsud.

Howard Taylor

Reflections on portraiture

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

An extract from the 2004 Nuala O'Flaaherty Memorial Lecture at the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery in Launceston in which Andrew Sayers reflects on the unique qualities of a portrait gallery.

The Jester (self portrait)

Bloodlines

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Michelle Fracaro describes Lionel Lindsay's woodcut The Jester (self-portrait).

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Tiny Trace of a Colonial Giant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

At just 7.8 x 6.2 cm, the daguerreotype of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa is one of the smallest works in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Johnny O'Keefe

Making Portraits

Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions
Previous exhibition, 2004

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong

Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt, 1998

Robin Sellick
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender

Sir Percy Spender, 1981

Alex Kolozsy
Portrait, cold cast bronze

Gift of the artist and the New South Wales division of the Liberal Party of Australia 2004

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe
Wendy Sharpe

Wendy Sharpe, 2000

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Dodd
Margaret Dodd
Margaret Dodd

Margaret Dodd, 2002

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre
Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre, 1994

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Tim Storrier
Tim Storrier
Tim Storrier

Tim Storrier, 1995

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja

Wenten Rubuntja, 1998

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp, 1986

Garry Shead
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Donald Friend, 1987

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Cate Blanchett

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

Mel Gibson

POL

Portrait of a Generation
Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

TJ Smith and Tulloch
TJ Smith and Tulloch
TJ Smith and Tulloch

TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Hélène Kirsova with a rope
Hélène Kirsova with a rope
Hélène Kirsova with a rope

Hélène Kirsova with a rope, c. 1938

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rex Dupain 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-1937

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rex Dupain 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Paul Beadle
Paul Beadle
Paul Beadle

Paul Beadle, c. 1950

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rex Dupain 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Anne Boyd
Anne Boyd
Anne Boyd

Anne Boyd, 1977

Lewis Morley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Firth-Smith
John Firth-Smith
John Firth-Smith

John Firth-Smith, 1974

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore, 1961

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2003

Study for Portrait of W S Robinson
Study for Portrait of W S Robinson
Study for Portrait of W S Robinson

Study for Portrait of W S Robinson, 1952

Sir William Dobell OBE
Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2003

The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay

Headspace 3

Being Me
Previous exhibition, 2002

The self-portrait enables students to explore emerging and changing aspects of their own identity, their sense of self, their place in the world, their experience of being human

John Fairfax
John Fairfax
John Fairfax

John Fairfax, c. 1860

Edwin Dalton
Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002

Tim Johnson
Portrait, oil and polymer vinyl paint on canvas

Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002

Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles

Sir George Coles, 1935

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The sitter (Drusilla Modjeska)
The sitter (Drusilla Modjeska)
The sitter (Drusilla Modjeska)

The sitter (Drusilla Modjeska), 2001

Jo Bertini
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002

Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre)
Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre)
Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre)

Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre), c. 1930

Jean Shepeard
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Robert, Lindy, Grant
Robert, Lindy, Grant
Robert, Lindy, Grant

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981

Jenny Watson
Portrait, oil on canvas board (triptych)

Purchased 2002

John Kaldor
John Kaldor
John Kaldor

John Kaldor, 1975 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Garth Porter
Garth Porter
Garth Porter

Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare

Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

George Judah Cohen
George Judah Cohen
George Judah Cohen

George Judah Cohen, 1925

George Lambert
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the National Australia Bank 2002

Self portrait

Me Myself I

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2001

Andrew Sayers explores the self-portraits created by Australian artist Sidney Nolan.

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, 1932

Enid Fleming
Portrait, cast plaster, patinated

Gift of the Sydney Airports Corporation 2001

Captain Ulm
Captain Ulm
Captain Ulm

Captain Ulm, 1932

Enid Fleming
Portrait, cast plaster, patinated

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Sydney Airports Corporation 2001

Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney
Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney
Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney

Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney, 1963 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Leonard French, Heathcote, Victoria
Leonard French, Heathcote, Victoria
Leonard French, Heathcote, Victoria

Leonard French, Heathcote, Victoria, 1969 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore, c. 1938

Lyall Trindall
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872

Maull & Co Photographers
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

The Burke and Wills Monument
The Burke and Wills Monument
The Burke and Wills Monument

The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Robert O'Hara Burke
Robert O'Hara Burke
Robert O'Hara Burke

Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860

Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Billy Hughes paperweight
Billy Hughes paperweight
Billy Hughes paperweight

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d.

an unknown artist
Portrait, cast iron, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ric Techow and Jenny Techow-Coleman in memory of Roy and Bet Techow 2001

Damien Parer

Mirror With A Memory

Photographic Portraiture in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2000

This is the first major exhibition to examine photographic portraiture in Australia, from its beginnings in the early 1840s to the present day

William Johnson (1873—1948) by Percy Leason

Recognition

Percy Leason's Aboriginal Portraits
Previous exhibition, 1999

Originally conceived as an anthropological record, Percy Leason’s powerful 1934 portraits of Victorian Aboriginal people are today considered to be a highlight of 20th century Australian portraiture

Stefano Manfredi
Stefano Manfredi
Stefano Manfredi

Stefano Manfredi, 1997

Selina Snow
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W.
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W.
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W.

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W., 1836

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Robert Edwards AO 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence
Michael Hutchence

Michael Hutchence, 1997

Harry Borden
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Lord Florey
Lord Florey
Lord Florey

Lord Florey, c. 1966

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Purchased 1998

Patrick White #1
Patrick White #1
Patrick White #1

Patrick White #1, 1980

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 1998

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Uncommon Australians

Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery
Previous exhibition, 1992

In 1988 philanthropists Gordon and Marilyn Darling decided to make an Australian portrait gallery a reality, overseeing the development of the 1992 touring exhibition Uncommon Australians.

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Estate of Alan Boxer

Biography

Alan Boxer, public servant, academic and art collector, was schooled in Melbourne and gained his economic qualifications in Melbourne and Oxford.

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