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Barry Humphries, 1962

Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.3 cm x 30.4 cm, image: 36.4 cm x 29.2 cm)

Barry Humphries AO (b.1934), actor, writer and artist, is the world's most successful solo theatrical performer. After studying law at Melbourne University, Humphries joined the Melbourne Theatre Company. In 1955 he created his archetypes of suburban mediocrity: Mrs Edna Everage, a Moonee Ponds mother and housewife, her longsuffering husband Norm, and the washed-out, lonely Sandy Stone. Since the late 1950s Humphries has performed in his own one-man shows in Australia, Britain, Europe and the US, and Edna Everage's vulgarity has found increasingly flamboyant expression in shows such as Housewife, Super-star; Edna, the Spectacle; and Dame Edna the Royal Tour. In 2000 Humphries won a Special Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award. His many books include two autobiographies, More Please (1992) and My Life as Me (2002).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lewis Morley Archive LLC

Accession number: 2003.67

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 37 in 1962)

Barry Humphries (age 28 in 1962)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage

Myself and Eye

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The biographical exhibition of Barry Humphries was the first display of its kind at the National Portrait Gallery.

Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley

Myself and Eye

Previous exhibition, 2003

Lewis Morley has a great eye for a shot and a sharp ear for a pun

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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.