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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.

New portrait acquisitions and commissions by John Webber (attributed)

John Liangis in front of William Bligh, c.1776 by John Webber (attributed)

New portrait acquisitions and commissions

Portraits are at the heart of all the Gallery’s activities. The National Portrait Gallery brings visitors face to face with exceptional Australians and their remarkable stories across time, place and circumstance. Supporting the acquisition of new works and building the National Portrait Gallery Collection will guarantee a legacy for future generations and bring to light notable individuals who have made significant contributions to Australia.

We invite you to consider supporting:

Commissions

Embracing a diversity of media and a fresh approach towards portraiture, commissions are driven by the desire to represent outstanding and unique Australians of the present. They are recognised as an essential component in the development of a nationally significant, contemporary portrait collection.

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Portrait purchases

The Gallery is committed to the strategic shaping of a dynamic and innovative collection, and actively seeks portraits for acquisition. Support provides vital funds to allow the Gallery to seize opportunities at short notice when important portraits come onto the market.

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Portrait gifts

The Gallery’s collection has been enriched through the generosity of donors who have given some magnificent portrait gifts. Amongst others, two key principles guide the selection of portraits for the collection: first, the subject should be a distinguished Australian, or should have made a substantial contribution to Australian life. Secondly, the subject must be either important in his or her field of endeavour, or a known and named person whose life sets him or her apart as an individual of long-term public interest. Portrait donors may also be eligible for tax benefits under the Federal Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. For more information, please visit arts.gov.au/cgp

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

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