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Mark Taylor, 1999

Bill Leak

ink and watercolour on paper and acetate (sheet: 47.0 cm x 34.5 cm)

Mark Taylor AO (b. 1964) was captain of the Australian cricket team from 1994 until his retirement from Test cricket in 1999. Taylor lived in Wagga Wagga, NSW, before his family moved to Sydney and he joined the Northern District club. He made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1989, and in the same year scored a spectacular 839 runs over the course of the Ashes series in England. His greatest feat with the bat was equalling Sir Donald Bradman's highest Test score of 334, achieved in Pakistan in October 1998 before he declared the innings closed. He retired as our second-highest run scorer, having captained Australia in 50 Tests and having been named by Wisden's as the greatest modern captain. Taylor was Australian of the Year for 1999.

Australian of the Year 1999

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999
© Estate of Bill Leak

Accession number: 1999.17

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Artist and subject

Bill Leak (age 43 in 1999)

Mark Taylor AO (age 35 in 1999)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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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.