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Portrait 30

December 2008 - February 2009

This issue of Portrait Magazine features the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery, Cadel Evans, Stuart O'Grady, Robbie McEwen, Casey Stoner, Bruce Petty and more.

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips
Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips
Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Duty bound

by Joanna Gilmour

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of colonial women Lady Ellen Stirling, Eliza Darling, Lady Eliza Arthur, Elizabeth Macquarie and Lady Jane Franklin.

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell
Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell
Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell

Home and away

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Sir William Dobell painted the portraits of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and Sir Hudson Fysh, who did much to promote the image of Australia in this country and abroad.

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

In the galleries

by Dr Christopher Chapman

Christopher Chapman highlights the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery building which opened in December 2008.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

by Dr Sarah Engledow

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

Cadel Evans, 2008 Matthys Gerber
Cadel Evans, 2008 Matthys Gerber
Cadel Evans, 2008 Matthys Gerber

Winning in technicolor

by Alistair McGhie

Alistair McGhie writes about the portraits of three of Australia's top professional cyclists: Cadel Evans, Stuart O'Grady and Robbie McEwen painted by Matthys Gerber.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

In the round

by Andrew Sayers AM

Andrew Sayers outlines the highlights of the National Portrait Gallery's display of portrait sculpture.

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford

Speed demon

by Dr Christopher Chapman

Scott Redford discusses his dynamic portrait commission of motorcycling champion and 2008 Young Australian of the Year Casey Stoner.

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse
Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse
Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse

Sure thing

by Michael Desmond

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie 1887 by Frederick Woodhouse Snr. is a portrait of James Scobie, well known jockey and eminent horse trainer.

Frame from Self portrait, 2008
Frame from Self portrait, 2008
Frame from Self portrait, 2008

I walk the line

by Michael Desmond

Bruce Petty's animated self portrait captures a life's journey compressed into a few minutes.

Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi
Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi
Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

My Favourite Australian

by Christine Clark

The Australian public was invited in 2008 to vote for their favourite Australian.  After the votes were tallied an exhibition of the top-ten Popular Australians and the top-twenty unsung heroes was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.