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L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

Darling Portrait Prize

Upcoming exhibition

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG 31 August 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and all the Staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Founding Patron, who died peacefully in Melbourne this morning. He was 94.

Gordon Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Gordon Darling by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

Gordon and Marilyn Darling interview video: 6 minutes

Gordon and Marilyn Darling interview

General content

Gordon and Marilyn Darling talk about the origins of the National Portrait Gallery and some of their favourite portraits.

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

George Trott (George Henry Stevens (Harry) Trott, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

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Max Schubert, 1980 David Simpson

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Henry (Harry) Donnan (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Clem Hill  (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Clem Hill  (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Clem Hill  (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Clem Hill (member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock

Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock

Portrait, pencil, chalk and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

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