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Portrait 21

September - November 2006

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Margaret Cameron, the 'Truth and Likeness' exhibition, Reg Mombassa, Patrick White, George Foxhill and more.

Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron
Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron
Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron

Hearts of Darkness

by Magda Keaney

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

Lauren in Red, 2003
Lauren in Red, 2003
Lauren in Red, 2003

Is the truth of portraiture vested exclusively in likeness?

by Michael Desmond

Curator Michael Desmond introduces the exhibition Truth and Likeness, an investigation of the importance of likeness to portraiture.

Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty
Self portrait with Spots and Veins, 2003 Chris O'Doherty

Mental as everything

by Diana Warnes

Chris O'Doherty, also known as Reg Mombassa, is best-known for his Mambo imagery but he also paints a lot of self portraits.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Cultural kaleidoscope

by Dr Sarah Engledow

The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

by Christine Clark

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

Moving and changing, 2006
Moving and changing, 2006
Moving and changing, 2006

Situated self-portraits

by Katherine Russell

The theme of the seventh annual survey of secondary school student portraiture, Headspace, was Me and My Place.

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Profile of a marriage

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the lives of Sir George Grey and his wife Eliza, the subjects of a pair of wax medallions in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Self Portrait with fruit, 2004
Self Portrait with fruit, 2004
Self Portrait with fruit, 2004

Tender tragedies

by Michael Desmond

George Foxhill's self portraits were the subject of a small focus display at the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

Sam and the Perfect World, 2005
Sam and the Perfect World, 2005
Sam and the Perfect World, 2005

The news from Washington

by Lauretta Morton

Australia's former Cultural Attache to the USA, Ron Ramsey, describes the mood at the opening week of the revitalised American National Portrait Gallery.

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