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The highest honour

Bringing eminent scientist Frank Fenner and artist Jude Rae together for the National Portrait Gallery commission was like matchmaking.

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Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes
Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes
Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes
Interview with Professor Frank Fenner video: 2 minutes

Professor Frank Fenner

'A White Shirt'

Portrait story

An interview with Professor Frank Fenner who describes his life and the creation of his portrait.

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae
Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007 Jude Rae

Inspiration + Realisation: Jude Rae

Magazine article by Justin Paton, 2006

Justin Paton explores the latest exhibition of Jude Rae's portrait paintings. 

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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.