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Portrait 22

December 2006 - February 2007

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Frank Packer, unconventional portraits of Prime Ministers, Glenn McGrath, Sam Haskins, Steve Irwin and more.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Vintage Cassab

by Dr Sarah Engledow

The oil portrait of Sir Frank Packer KBE by Judy Cassab was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)
Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)
Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)

A new perspective

by Celina Fox

An exhibition devoted to Hans Holbein's English commissions shows the portraitist bringing across the Channel new technical developments in art - with a dazzling facility.

The last of England 1855
The last of England 1855
The last of England 1855

Pre-Raphaelite Profile

by Michael Desmond

In 2006 the National Portrait Gallery acquired a splendid portrait of Victoria's first governor, Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe by Thomas Woolner.

Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson
Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson
Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson

Pigeon coup

by Christine Clark

Glenn McGrath makes a strong impact on the English batsmen and the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.

Milton Glaser Art is Work
Milton Glaser Art is Work
Milton Glaser Art is Work

Portraits and other stories

by Christine Clark

As the National Portrait Gallery opens its exhibition of portrait and figurative work by veteran photographer Sam Haskins, the artist reflects on the highlights of his fifty-year career so far.

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Crikey!

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist
Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist
Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist

Mugshots

by Dr Sarah Engledow

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas

Spikes: then and now

by Dr Sarah Engledow

As part of its ongoing program of commissions of portraits of prominent Australians, the National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson by South Australian artist Avril Thomas.

Drawing Australia
Drawing Australia
Drawing Australia

Drawing power

by Eileen Adams

The National Portrait Gallery joins the Big Draw, a program dedicated to promoting drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

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