Skip to main content

We’re thrilled to welcome you back to the Gallery! Please see what we need you to do first.

Menu

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.

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, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Julia Gillard, 2013 Peter Brew-Bevan
Julia Gillard, 2013 Peter Brew-Bevan
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Barton and Watson, 1902 G. H. Dancey
Barton and Watson, 1902 G. H. Dancey
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, undated Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, undated Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) David Moore
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) David Moore
Robert Menzies, Lancaster House, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Robert Menzies, Lancaster House, London, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976  (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe
Stanley Bruce, 1937 Barbara Tribe
John Gorton, 1970, cast 1999 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970, cast 1999 Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton, c.1900 Nelson Illingworth
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton, c.1900 Nelson Illingworth
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 1960 William Dobell
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 1960 William Dobell
Billy Hughes, n.d. Will Dyson
Billy Hughes, n.d. Will Dyson
Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Sir John Gorton Louis Kahan
Sir John Gorton Louis Kahan
Sir John McEwen Louis Kahan
Sir John McEwen Louis Kahan
Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan
Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan
Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder
Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder
'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder
'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder
Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder
Mr Keating, former Labor Minister, 1975 Frank Hinder
Sir George Reid, c.1895 Nelson Illingworth
Sir George Reid, c.1895 Nelson Illingworth
Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist
Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist
George Reid paperweight an unknown artist
George Reid paperweight an unknown artist
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-1928 Ashtead Potters Limited, Surrey, UK, Percy Metcalfe
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-1928 Ashtead Potters Limited, Surrey, UK, Percy Metcalfe
Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies), c. 1970 Les Tanner, Gus McLaren
Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies), c. 1970 Les Tanner, Gus McLaren
Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter
Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter
image not online
NC
Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002) Roger Scott
Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder
Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder
image not online
NC
Robyn Archer and Gough Whitlam, 1986 (printed 2019) Neil Duncan
The Billy Book, 1918 David Low
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

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery

Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.