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Primed

Some Prime Ministers

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

More information on Primed

Selected images

Bob Hawke
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish. © Luke Cornish
Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard, 2013 Peter Brew-Bevan. © Peter Brew-Bevan
John Howard and Janette Howard
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis. © Josonia Palaitis/Copyright Agency, 2021
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop. © National Indigenous Australians Agency
Barton and Watson
Barton and Watson, 1902 G. H. Dancey
Billy Hughes bottle stopper
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, 1911-1921 Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh. © Estate of Victor Greenhalgh
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) David Moore. © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore
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Robert Menzies, Lancaster House, London
Robert Menzies, Lancaster House, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore. © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore
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Gough Whitlam
Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley. © Bill McAuley
Ben Chifley
Ben Chifley, n.d. Max Dupain OBE. © Max Dupain/Copyright Agency, 2021
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford. © Sue Ford/Copyright Agency, 2021
Gough and John
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer. © Peter van der Veer
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane. © Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2021
Stanley Bruce
Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe. © Estate of Barbara Tribe
John Gorton
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh. © Estate of Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh. © Estate of Victor Greenhalgh
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton, c. 1900 Nelson Illingworth
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 1960 William Dobell. © William Dobell/Copyright Agency, 2021
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes, n.d. Will Dyson
Harold Holt
Harold Holt, n.d. Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021
Sir John Gorton
Sir John Gorton, n.d. Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021
Sir John McEwen
Sir John McEwen, n.d. Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021
Gough Whitlam
Gough Whitlam, n.d. Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021
Billy McMahon
Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder. © Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)
'awk' (Bob Hawke)
'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder. © Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)
Mr Keating, former Labor Minister
Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder. © Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)
Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid, c. 1895 Nelson Illingworth
Billy Hughes paperweight
Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist
George Reid paperweight
George Reid paperweight an unknown artist
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-1928 , Percy Metcalfe
Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies)
Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies), c. 1970 Les Tanner, Gus McLaren. © Estates of Les Tanner and Gus McLaren
Self portrait with pin-up
Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter. © Richard Larter/Copyright Agency, 2021
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Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002) Roger Scott
Gough... maintain the rage!
Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder. © Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)
Robyn Archer and Gough Whitlam
Robyn Archer and Gough Whitlam, 1986 (printed 2019) Neil Duncan. © Neil Duncan
The Billy Book
The Billy Book, 1918 David Low

Related information

Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)
Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)
Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)
Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)

Impressions

Painting light and life

Previous exhibition, 2011

Impressions: Painting light and life presents portraits by, and of, artists at the heart of Australian impressionism including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley
Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

The rose, 1927
The rose, 1927
The rose, 1927
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

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