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Nora Heysen with her dog sitting outside her home, Hunters Hill, Sydney, 2000


gelatin silver photograph, sepia toned (sheet: 40.5 cm x 30.5 cm, image: 25.4 cm x 20.9 cm)

Nora Heysen AM (b. 1911) is one of Australia's most accomplished portrait artists. Her self-portrait of 1934 was an early acquisition of the National Portrait Gallery, and can be seen hanging inside the Library space. The interior shot shows a painting from the artist's Ruth series, depicting a mighty farmgirl against the background of the Flinders Ranges. The portrait photographer Sage made these images of Heysen at the home in which she has lived for most of her life. Sage was born in Wales, and his first photographs were of Welsh miners and their families during the UK miners' strike of the late 1980s. He studied documentary photography with the Magnum photographer David Hurn, and has worked as a photojournalist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Accession number: 2001.39

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Sage (age 37 in 2000)

Nora Heysen (age 89 in 2000)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Sage (5 portraits)

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