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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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

Ningali Lawford-Wolf

Powerful Indigenous women

Magazine article by June Oscar AO, 2017

June Oscar AO lauds three iconic Aboriginal figures in the Portrait Gallery collection who have inspired and influenced her.

"Kismet" (Thomas Oscar Asche) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1912-1913

Alick Ritchie
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald A Walker 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Oscar Asche
Oscar Asche
Oscar Asche

Oscar Asche, c. 1905

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

June Dally-Watkins
June Dally-Watkins
June Dally-Watkins

June Dally-Watkins, 1949 (printed 2008)

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2008

Barry Tuckwell
Barry Tuckwell
Barry Tuckwell

Barry Tuckwell, 1991

June Mendoza
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Tuckwell 2018

June Elliott
June Elliott
June Elliott

June Elliott, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

June Dally Watkins
June Dally Watkins
June Dally Watkins

June Dally Watkins, c. 1968 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

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Mervyn Godfrey, 2009

June Orford, Tim Ainsworth
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of June Orford 2009

The Rt Rev Barbara Darling
The Rt Rev Barbara Darling
The Rt Rev Barbara Darling

The Rt Rev Barbara Darling, 2008

Francis Reiss and June Orford
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Tony and Maureen Wheeler
Tony and Maureen Wheeler
Tony and Maureen Wheeler

Tony and Maureen Wheeler, 2005

Francis Reiss and June Orford
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994

Francis Reiss and June Orford
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Francis Reiss 2009

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The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009

Francis Reiss and June Orford, Tim Ainsworth
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

Last week to vote for your favourite portrait

1 June 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery’s National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 will close Monday 8 June 2015, this is the last week to visit the exhibition in Canberra and vote for your favourite portrait in the People’s Choice.

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Dr Gene Sherman AM announces resignation from the National Portrait Gallery Board

16 June 2015
Archived media releases 2015

It is with deep regret, but great pride, that the National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the decision of its Deputy Chairman to resign from the Gallery’s Board, to focus on a new international role as co-Chair of the Tate Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee.

Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits media information

18 June 2013
Archived media releases 2013

Paul Kelly & The Portraits presents a multifaceted image of the performer over the course of his career.

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.

Artist in residence creates portraits using brainwave zctivity

29 June 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Digital media artist, George Khut, is creating a spectacular form of digital portraiture involving public participants.

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David

Harold David Takes out the People’s Choice Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize

8 June 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The votes are in and the National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake by Harold David is the people’s choice for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018.

Maryan, 2010 by Rod McNicol

Rod McNicol

18 June 2015
Archived media releases 2015

Australian photographer Rod McNicol has consistently analysed the passing of time through the evidence of the photographic portrait. At once confronting and tender, McNicol’s portrait photographs are bold and intimate.

Portrait 24

June - August 2007
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Robert Hannaford, Walter Lindrum, John Brack, judicial portraits, Vincent Lingiari and more.

Portrait 28

June - August 2008
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Harold Cazneaux, nineteenth-century carte de visites, Tim Winton, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, Evelyn Chapman and more.

Portrait 43

June - August 2012
Magazine

This issue features Cindy Sherman, Tim Storrier, Brett Whiteley and Patrick White, contemporary Chinese portraiture, Charles Blackman and more.

Portrait 8

June - August 2003
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine focusses on the importance of philanthropy for the National Portrait Gallery.

Portrait 32

June - August 2009
Magazine

This issue features Vanity Fair, Nancy Bird Walton, William Barak, Sidney Kidman, Benjamin Duterrau's portraits of the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania, and more.

Portrait 16

June - August 2005
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features portraits by Rick Amor, colonial charicatures, Les Murray, Peter Porter, Helen Garner and more.

Portrait 20

June - August 2006
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Dame Nellie Melba and Frances Alda, Leigh Bowery, Karin Catt, Sidney Nolan and more.

Portrait 12

June - August 2004
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Peter Brew-Bevan, daguerreotypes, the exhibition Depth of Field, Ern McQuillan's photographs of sportspeople and more.

Portrait 36

June - August 2010
Magazine

This issue features convict portraitists, Janet Dawson, Paul Grabowsky, Nam Le, the Present Tense exhibition and more.

Portrait 4

June - August 2002
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features articles on Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, George Lambert's self-portrait, Professor Peter Doherty, the man behind the Dr. Who theme, and more.

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.

Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy

The People’s Choice Awards

16 June 2020
Archived media releases 2020

The votes have been counted, and the winners of the National Portrait Gallery’s People’s Choice Awards for the Prize exhibitions are...

Reg Richardson AM

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia

9 June 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

Feather and the Goddess Pool, 2014 by Natalie Grono

Feather voted the people’s favourite

11 June 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to announce that the People’s Choice award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize goes to Natalie Grono from Byron Bay for her photograph Feather and the Goddess Pool 2014.

Billy the match man, Liverpool, 1844 by John Dempsey

Rare Set of Watercolour Paintings on Display for the First Time

15 June 2017
Archived media releases 2017

A rare and enchanting collection of 52 portraits of British street people will be on display for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery’s winter show, Dempsey’s People: a folio of British street portraits 1824-1844.

Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House In Conversation video: 43 minutes

In Conversation

Brenda L Croft and Dr Matilda House, 24th June 2020
Recorded virtual programs

Brenda L Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra peoples) talks with Ngambri/Ngunnawal/Wiradjuri elder, Dr Matilda House, about her photographic portrait.

'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882
'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882
'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882

'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882, 1882

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper (2 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Portrait 57

Winter 2017
Magazine

The discovery of Dempsey's People, Australian rugby greats, Athol Shmith's progressive pictures, and powerful Indigenous portraits.

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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.

Charles Kingsford Smith and crew of the Southern Cross before the east-west crossing of the Atlantic, June 1930
Charles Kingsford Smith and crew of the Southern Cross before the east-west crossing of the Atlantic, June 1930
Charles Kingsford Smith and crew of the Southern Cross before the east-west crossing of the Atlantic, June 1930

Charles Kingsford Smith and crew of the Southern Cross before the east-west crossing of the Atlantic, June 1930, 1930

International News Photos Inc
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2019

Catherine Martin
Catherine Martin
Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006)

Douglas Kirkland
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2006

Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard, 2013

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2013

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.

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, c. 1980

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

Hardtmuth 'Hottie' Lahm
Hardtmuth 'Hottie' Lahm
Hardtmuth 'Hottie' Lahm

Hardtmuth 'Hottie' Lahm, 1973

Nora Heysen AM
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of June Lahm 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877)
The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877)
The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877)

The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877), 1877

an unknown artist
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2015

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol

The last bushrangers

It's Complicated

Brothers in harms

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Gifts and Benefits Register

Public information

In accordance with the Australian Public Service Commission’s Guidance for Agency Heads on Gifts and Benefits, the National Portrait Gallery will maintain a register of gifts and benefits accepted by its Director and publicly disclose any that are over $100 in value.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous

Karin Catt Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

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Executive Remuneration Reporting

Finance

The remuneration of the Principal Executive Officer (Band B) is set in accordance with the Determination of the Remuneration Tribunal.

Peter Carey
Peter Carey
Peter Carey

Peter Carey, 1989 (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

Peter Carey
Peter Carey
Peter Carey

Peter Carey, 1989

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

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Gifts register for previous years

Gifts and Benefits Register
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe, 2001 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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.

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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Nick Enright
Nick Enright
Nick Enright

Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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.

Gillian Armstrong AM
Gillian Armstrong AM
Gillian Armstrong AM

Gillian Armstrong AM, 1973

Gordon Glenn
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

George Miller
George Miller
George Miller

George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)
The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)
The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)

The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880

Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2017

Smalltown Boy (Perth)
Smalltown Boy (Perth)
Smalltown Boy (Perth)

Smalltown Boy (Perth), 2018

The Huxleys
Portrait, gilcée print on paper

Purchased 2021

Bruce Beresford
Bruce Beresford
Bruce Beresford

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006)

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Prizes and awards

The competition is open to Australian school students and home-schooled students aged from 5-18 years.

Dame Judith Anderson
Dame Judith Anderson
Dame Judith Anderson

Dame Judith Anderson, 1962

Don Bachardy
Portrait, pen and ink and drybrush on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Howard Arkley 1
Howard Arkley 1
Howard Arkley 1

Howard Arkley 1, 1980 (printed 2012)

Robert Rooney
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2012

Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver, 2018

John Tsiavis
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Bruce Petty
Bruce Petty
Bruce Petty

Bruce Petty, 2008

Bruce Petty
Portrait, single channel digital animation, colour, sound, 2 minutes, 19 seconds

Commissioned 2008

Bruce Beresford on location
Bruce Beresford on location
Bruce Beresford on location

Bruce Beresford on location, c. 1981 (printed 2004)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Judy Davis
Judy Davis
Judy Davis

Judy Davis, 1981

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 1998

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880)
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880)
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880)

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880), 1880

an unknown artist
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2002

Nicole Kidman

Australians in Hollywood

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2003

The exhibition Australians in Hollywood celebrated the achievements of Australians in the highly competitive American film industry.

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.

Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler
Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler
Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler

Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler, 1954

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

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

Hera Roberts
Hera Roberts
Hera Roberts

Hera Roberts, 1936

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Rex Dupain 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Griffiths, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (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

Harry Seidler
Harry Seidler
Harry Seidler

Harry Seidler, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, pencil on paper

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

Dichotomia, Barry Otto
Dichotomia, Barry Otto
Dichotomia, Barry Otto

Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Prizes and awards

The Darling Portrait Prize is a biennial national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), who was instrumental in establishing the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Stable Scene with Shane Dye
Stable Scene with Shane Dye
Stable Scene with Shane Dye

Stable Scene with Shane Dye, 2000

Noel McKenna
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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

Sylvia Breamer
Sylvia Breamer
Sylvia Breamer

Sylvia Breamer, c. 1920

Witzel Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Barry Humphries

Lewis Morley

Myself and Eye
Previous exhibition, 2003

Lewis Morley has a great eye for a shot and a sharp ear for a pun

The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster
The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster
The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster

The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, 1788

John Murphy after George Romney
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Nourou-gal-derri
Nourou-gal-derri
Nourou-gal-derri

Nourou-gal-derri, 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Extraordinary airmen make aviation history

Passion

Charles is my wingman

Peter Carey in Kelly country
Peter Carey in Kelly country
Peter Carey in Kelly country

Peter Carey in Kelly country, 2000

Bruce Armstrong
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Fanny Jane Marlay
Fanny Jane Marlay
Fanny Jane Marlay

Fanny Jane Marlay, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Purchased 2013

Nicole Kidman, New York
Nicole Kidman, New York
Nicole Kidman, New York

Nicole Kidman, New York, 2003

Irving Penn
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

Daddy Cool, Melbourne
Daddy Cool, Melbourne
Daddy Cool, Melbourne

Daddy Cool, Melbourne, 1974

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2005

The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)
The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)
The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)

The Kelly Gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880

Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2017

'A Postmaster General'  (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)
'A Postmaster General'  (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)
'A Postmaster General'  (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)

'A Postmaster General' (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Purchased 2014

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

A Chief Secretary
A Chief Secretary
A Chief Secretary

A Chief Secretary "Blunt, but Honest" [The Hon. James Goodall Francis], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee
Kay Cottee

Kay Cottee, 1993

Pamela Thalben-Ball
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the artist 1999

Self portrait

Buoyant Brack brood breeds inspiration

Nearest & Dearest

Domesticity’s creative maelstrom

"Australian Cricket" George John Bonnor (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1884

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang

From riot to revelry

Nearest & Dearest

Pride, protest, panache

Lord Kitchener
Lord Kitchener
Lord Kitchener

Lord Kitchener, n.d.

William Howitt
Portrait, carved Jarrah

Purchased 2016

The Payne family
The Payne family
The Payne family

The Payne family, 1888-1889

A. Flegeltaub
Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

Captain John Lort Stokes
Captain John Lort Stokes
Captain John Lort Stokes

Captain John Lort Stokes, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

The people's champion, Mr Lang
The people's champion, Mr Lang
The people's champion, Mr Lang

The people's champion, Mr Lang, c. 1927

an unknown artist
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Neil Finn and Paul Hester
Neil Finn and Paul Hester
Neil Finn and Paul Hester

Neil Finn and Paul Hester, 1987 (printed 2021)

Alan Mitchell
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2021

The Boss, Ross Wilson
The Boss, Ross Wilson
The Boss, Ross Wilson

The Boss, Ross Wilson, 2009

Chris Budgeon
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portriat Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

Robert Brown
Robert Brown
Robert Brown

Robert Brown, c. 1835

Dario Castellini after Carlo Liverati
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)

George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, 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

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

JS Study 1
JS Study 1
JS Study 1

JS Study 1, 2014

Jasper Knight
Portrait, enamel and synthetic polymer paint on conservation card

Gift of Ross Steele AM 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878

an unknown artist, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2003

Frame from Self portrait, 2008

I walk the line

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Bruce Petty's animated self portrait captures a life's journey compressed into a few minutes.

Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley

Mary Chomley, 1909

Violet Teague
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with the assistance of funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AC 2021

Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II (Blue)
Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II (Blue)
Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II (Blue)

Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II (Blue), 2001

Polly Borland
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2021

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

17 March 2015
Archived media releases 2015

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble invites media to the announcement of the winner and exhibition preview for the 2015 National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823

Johann Paul Georg Fischer
Portrait, watercolour over pencil on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Mandawuy Yunupingu
Mandawuy Yunupingu
Mandawuy Yunupingu

Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Martha Knox
Martha Knox
Martha Knox

Martha Knox, c. 1855

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Peter Halliday in memory of Norah Knox 2010

Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)
Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson)

Eagle Ross (Ross Wilson), 2005

Tessa Jones
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016)

Stuart Spence
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Max Walker
Max Walker
Max Walker

Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010)

Bruce Postle
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Albert Namatjira

Sir William Dargie

A Ninetieth Birthday Tribute
Previous exhibition, 2002

As a tribute to Sir William Dargie's singular contribution to Australian art and cultural institutions, and on the occasion of his birthday, The Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery will mount exhibitions of his work between May and October

Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)
Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team)

Henry (Harry) Donnan (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

A Victorian Knight
A Victorian Knight
A Victorian Knight

A Victorian Knight "Thrice Chief Secretary" [Sir James McCulloch K.C.M.G.], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

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.

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

Barry Gibb
Barry Gibb
Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb, 1970-1971

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Self portrait

Mysterious eyes

Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945
Previous exhibition, 2016

Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his equally emotive portraits of those around him.

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. 

Gillian Armstrong
Gillian Armstrong
Gillian Armstrong

Gillian Armstrong, 1985

Stuart Campbell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson
Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson
Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson

Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013

Richard Larter
Portrait, computer generated image, synthetic polymer paint and gel-glitters on polyester canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013

Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN

Captain Matthew Flinders RN, 1814

an unknown artist, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

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

Tim Bonyhady

At easel

Magazine article by Tim Bonyhady, 2016

Tim Bonyhady recalls his experience as sitter for his close friend and former National Portrait Gallery Director, the late Andrew Sayers.

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Awesome Achievers

A cross-curriculum learning resource
Learning resources

What makes someone awesome? And how does a portrait tell a person's story? Bring your students up close and personal with some great Australians. For upper primary school students.

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

JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen)
JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen)
JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen)

JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen), c. 1987

Noel Stapleton
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Ian Thorpe

Collection: Icons

Volume Two
Previous exhibition, 2018

The second instalment of a display featuring bold contemporary portraits drawn from the collection. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba,

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia
Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia
Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia, 1881

Solomon Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN

Captain Matthew Flinders RN, 1814

an unknown artist, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Cour-rou-bari-gal
Cour-rou-bari-gal
Cour-rou-bari-gal

Cour-rou-bari-gal, 1807

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

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

A Celebration
Previous exhibition, 2009

To celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery has created a feature exhibition of portraits and associated biographic material drawn from the National Portrait Gallery and the composer’s personal collection.

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

Norma Redpath
Portrait, bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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Enter now

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Entries close on 14 October 2022.

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.

Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian
Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian
Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian

Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian, c. 1866

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen photograph carte de visite

Purchased 2014

Duke of Wellington
Duke of Wellington
Duke of Wellington

Duke of Wellington, 1841

John Lucas
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe, 1982

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer

William Charles Windeyer, 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009

Betty Burstall

Arthur Boyd Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

This is the first in a series of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions to survey the portraits painted by artists who are not thought of, primarily, as portrait painters

Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)
Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)
Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880)

Kelly in the Guard's Van en route to Beechworth (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880

Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2017

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney

Heads of the People

A Portrait of Colonial Australia
Previous exhibition, 2000

For Tom Roberts - Australia's best nineteenth-century portrait painter - neither a proto-national portrait gallery nor more popular collections of portrait heads, were sufficient public celebrations for the notables of Australian history

John Farnham

Glossy - Faces Magazines Now

Previous exhibition, 1999

Magazines are the portrait galleries of the 90s... Glossy is about magazines. The exhibition presents the work of eight photographers, Australian by birth or long-term residency, who are producing portraits for publication in magazines around the world.

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years.

Monkey business, 2011 by Alina Gozin'a

Alina Gozin'a

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Joey, 2017 by Stephanie Simcox

Arts Handlers’ Award Announced for NPPP 2018

21 March 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce Stephanie Simcox  has received the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Art Handlers’ Award for her portrait titled Joey.

The Saints
The Saints
The Saints

The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1')
Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1')
Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1')

Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1'), 1840-1841

Robert Neill
Portrait, steel engraving with later hand-colouring on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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

William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition
William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition
William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition

William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860-1861

Henry Samuel Sadd, Fergusson & Mitchell, Melbourne after Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022)

9 September 2022
Media

The National Portrait Gallery is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Throughout her 70-year reign, Her Majesty represented graciousness, humanity and stability during times of enormous social change.

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.

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II)
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II)
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II)

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II), 1942-1943

Charles Wheeler
Portrait, coloured chalk on artist board

Purchased 2019

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.

Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver, 2018

by John Tsiavis
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

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Guidelines for entrants

Darling Portrait Prize
Darling Portrait Prize

These terms and conditions govern your entry to the National Portrait Gallery’s Darling Portrait Prize.

Graeme Murphy
Graeme Murphy
Graeme Murphy

Graeme Murphy, n.d.

Stuart Campbell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

Magazine article by Tegan Mcauley, 2015

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

Self portrait

Sir William Dargie CBE

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Sir William Dargie, painter and eight times winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, died in Melbourne on July 26, 2003, aged 91.

Richard Fitzgerald
Richard Fitzgerald
Richard Fitzgerald

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838

Edmund Edgar
Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

Gift in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Demon Bowler
The Demon Bowler
The Demon Bowler

The Demon Bowler" Frederick Robert Spofforth (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1878

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

New app gets kids excited about portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

29 May 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has officially launched a new digital interactive Gallery experience called Headhunt!, the first app of its kind being used in museums and galleries. Headhunt! is a tablet-based app for visitors aged 7-15 that encourages children to take the lead and independently explore the Gallery.

Mr John Eason
Mr John Eason
Mr John Eason

Mr John Eason, 1838

W. B. Gould
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2013

Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba, 1898

Ernest Walter Histed
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask
Ned Kelly death mask

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown

an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer
Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery Study Collection, Canberra
Gift of John Molony 2018

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition
Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition
Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860-1861

Henry Samuel Sadd, Fergusson & Mitchell, Melbourne after Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

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.

Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu)
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu)
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu)

Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003

Ah Xian
Portrait, pencil and white chalk on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2004

Self portrait with glove

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

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

HM Queen Elizabeth II
HM Queen Elizabeth II
HM Queen Elizabeth II

HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2001

Polly Borland
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2002

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.

Self portrait

Modern Australian Women

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

Close contemporaries, Thea Proctor, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith were frequently sources of inspiration and irritation to each other. 

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Presenting… Shirley Purdie’s Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wednesday 27 May 2020
Archived media releases 2020

The National Portrait Gallery this week launches an online exhibition of Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe to coincide with Reconciliation Week.

Edward Paine Butler

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the career of the eighteenth-century suspected poisoner and portrait artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Born 1989 in Beijing (250%), 1995–96 by Liu Wei

Liu Wei

Featured Artists

Born 1965 in Beijing. Lives and works in Beijing.

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

In its second year at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the first time touring to other venues, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 continues to present surprising perspectives on the nature of contemporary portrait photography.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Thomas Pearce
Thomas Pearce
Thomas Pearce

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878

The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite on card

Purchased 2010

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.

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.

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.

The Cutmear sisters, Jane and Lucy, c. 1842

A man of superior attainments

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of a colonial portrait artist, writer and rogue Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

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.

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

Frances Alda

Bewitching

Magazine article by Roger Neill, 2006

Roger Neill delves into the life of a lesser-known Australian diva, Frances Alda.

Edward John Eyre

Hearts of Darkness

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery's acquisition of the portrait of Edward John Eyre by pioneering English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878

A & G Taylor
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Nicole Kidman

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

Turia Pitt

2021 Annual Appeal

Annual Appeal

In 2021 the Annual Appeal was focussed on Peter Brew-Bevan's portraits of athletes Turia Pitt, Leisel Jones OAM and Ellie Cole OAM.

Marcia Langton

Powerful energy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman explores the symbolism in the portrait commission of Marcia Langton by Brook Andrew.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

8 March 2018
Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

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.

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy

Gary Grealy wins National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

31 March 2017
Archived media releases 2017

After months of anticipation, the winner for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 has been announced with renowned Sydney portrait photographer Gary Grealy taking out the award. George Fetting, guest judge for the 2017 Prize, was entranced with the evocative nature of the winning portrait Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay.

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.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 winner announced

23 March 2018
Archived media releases 2018

Finalists have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Winner and Highly Commended for the National Photographic Portrait Prize since December. It is our pleasure to announce the Winner for 2018 is Lee Grant for her portrait titled Charlie and Highly Commended has been awarded to Filomena Rizzo for her portrait titled My Olivia.

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

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790

Robert Dodd
Portrait, aquatint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801

Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Sappho, 1865

Mrs Cameron and the V&A

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

In March 2003 Magda Keaney travelled to London to join the photography section of the Victoria & Albert Museum for three months.

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.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

Studio of the American & Australasian Photographic Co., Hill End, 1872

A rogue's calling card

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Joanna Gilmour explores the stories behind the ninteenth-century carte de visites of bushrangers Frank Gardiner and Fred Lowry.

Surfing, Noosa, 1970s Stuart Spence

The play’s the thing

About Face article

Penelope Grist charts an immersive path through Stuart Spence’s photography.

Dr Fiona Wood AM

The Good Doctor

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr Sarah Engledow describes the achievements of internationally renowned burns and trauma surgeon Professor Fiona Wood.

Jessie Street

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist explores the United Nations stories in the Gallery’s collection.

Kitty Kantilla and Freda Warlapinni at Milikapiti (Snake Bay)

Eye line

Magazine article by Jo Bertini, 2004

Jo Bertini describes the evolution of her portrait of artists and friends Kitty Kantilla and Freda Warlapinni.

Sir Frank Packer KBE

Vintage Cassab

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The oil portrait of Sir Frank Packer KBE by Judy Cassab was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006

The painter and the princess

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

Michael Desmond interviews Ralph Heimans about his portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012

Imagination

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow tells the story of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee portrait by Australian artist Ralph Heimans.

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.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Capturing Cook

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2003

In focussing on the importance of gifts in the building of the collection, prominence must be given to the most spectacular of the National Portrait Gallery's acquisitions; the portrait of Captain James Cook RN by John Webber R.A.

Barry Humphries

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

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Entry guidelines 2023

Little Darlings Youth Portrait Prize

Read the full requirements for entering the prize.

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864

J Walch & Sons
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Charles Haddon Chambers

Suave

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Charles Haddon Chambers the Australian-born playboy playwright settled permanently in London in 1880 but never lost his Australian stance when satirising the English.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent

A feast of friends

Magazine article by Richard Ormond, 2015

John Singer Sargent: a painter at the vanguard of contemporary movements in music, literature and theatre.

Travis Giles, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 2010 by Nikki Toole

Mind and body

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2012

Christopher Chapman interviews photographer Nikki Toole about her bold and controlled portraits of skateboarders in the exhibition Skater.

Spot, 2016 by Ken Done

Ken Done

Explore The Popular Pet Show

With a mum who was married to a tradie, you’d think it a fair chance that the baby Jesus would have grown up with a dog in the house.

Untitled, Conductors, Tramways series, 1990 © Matt Nettheim

Back track

About Face article

Penelope Grist finds photographer Matt Nettheim re-visiting a formative and fulfilling career tram stop.

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.

Tracey

Sophisticated and glamorous

Magazine article by Amanda Rowell, 2015

Michael Riley’s early portraits by Amanda Rowell.

Portrait of Mary MacKillop c 1873

The Saint and the merchant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Emanuel Solomon gave shelter to the Sisters of St Joseph upon the excommunication of St Mary MacKillop.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Storied portrait

About Face article

Emily Casey takes in Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

Solo flight, 1977

Moving pictures

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

The exhibition California Video at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles demonstrated how video artists expand the boundaries of portraiture.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

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

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Conditions of entry for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

Viscount Robert Lowe (Image plate from Vanity Fair Magazine)

Meeting by Murder

Magazine article by Yvonne Audette AM, 2005

The story behind two colonial portraits; a lithograph of captain and convict John Knatchbull and newspaper illustration of Robert Lowe, Viscount Sherbrooke.

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.

Recollections of a sinologist sitter

Magazine article by Professor Stephen FitzGerald AO, 2016

Professor Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia’s first Ambassador to China, traces the historical course from sino-australian cultural engagement to a maturing Australian identity.

Amy Johnson wearing a woollen suit from the collection of flight clothes designed by Madame Schiaparelli for her solo flight from London to Cape Town, 1938 unknown photographer

Air wear

Magazine article by Esther Agostino, 2015

Aviation carried women’s roles in society to greater heights – fashion followed suit.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

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.

Portrait of a Young Man, 1478

Emblems of beauty

Magazine article by Keith Christiansen, 2012

Keith Christiansen introduces the exhibition The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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.

Portrait of George Selth Coppin

The Multifarious Career of George Selth Coppin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

George Selth Coppin (1819-1906) comedian, impresario and entrepreneur, was a driving force of the early Australian theatre.

Alan Goldberg

Beyond the bow tie

About Face article

Nathan Faiman delves into the rich life story and legacy of Alan Goldberg.

Captain W Kinghorne

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Adrian Rawlins

Earth to earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses the recent gift of works by David Campbell.

Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba

Doodles of the Diva

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Three tiny sketches of Dame Nellie Melba in the NPG collection were created by the artist who was to go on to paint the most imposing representation of the singer: Rupert Bunny.

Barry Humphries

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The biographical exhibition of Barry Humphries was the first display of its kind at the National Portrait Gallery.

Basil steps out, 2016 by Kristin Headlam
Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery

Kristin Headlam

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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.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

On the wall - Guangzhou (II), 2002

Go Figure!

Magazine article by Claire Roberts, 2013

Claire Roberts interviews Swiss art collector Uli Sigg.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 Who will win?

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The Window Seat, 1907 by Frances Hodgkins

Kiwi magpie

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2018

Penelope Grist finds inspiration in pioneering New Zealand artist, Frances Hodgkins.

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force recruits, Maranatha Hall, Honiara by Sean Davey

The art of peace

Magazine article by Sven Knudsen, 2018

Sean Davey captures the portrait of a nation renewed.

Self-portrait in white jacket , 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay

Wunderkind lost

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2021

Inga Walton on the brief but brilliant life of Hugh Ramsay.

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.

Sir Henry Unton

Icons and imagery

Magazine article by Alison Weir, 2011

Alison Weir explores the National Portrait Gallery, London and the BP Portrait Award to find what makes a good painted portrait - past and present.

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.

Charles Summers

The importance of being bearded

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

Joanna Gilmour discovers that the beards of the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills were as epic as their expedition to traverse Australia from south to north.

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.

Lola Montes

You beauty

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the fact and fictions surrounding the legendary life of Irish-born dancer Lola Montez.

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 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.

The family

Big bouquet of Blackmans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr. Sarah Engledow explores the context surrounding Charles Blackman's portrait of Judith Wright, Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith.

Self portrait

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

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

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

Jack With Flossy, 2016 by Anna Culliton

Anna Culliton

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Anna Culliton never had a colouring-in book when she was little. Her parents –Tony, a filmmaker, and Stephanie, a painter – wouldn’t let her have one. Instead, they insisted on her drawing her own pictures to colour-in. 

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Thrown together

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Shipmates for years, James Cook and Joseph Banks each kept a journal but neither man shed light on their relationship.

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.

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.

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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.

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