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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.

Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba

In their own words
In their own words
Madame Melba
Madame Melba
Madame Melba

Madame Melba, 1922

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Charles Haddon Chambers

Suave

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Charles Haddon Chambers the Australian-born playboy playwright settled permanently in London in 1880 but never lost his Australian stance when satirising the English.

Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba

Doodles of the Diva

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Three tiny sketches of Dame Nellie Melba in the NPG collection were created by the artist who was to go on to paint the most imposing representation of the singer: Rupert Bunny.

Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba
Nellie Melba

Nellie Melba, 1898

Ernest Walter Histed
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba, c. 1901

Rupert Bunny
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Florence Austral

Pretty in peach

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008
It's remarkable that the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond has produced two of Australia's most successful opera singers. Three decades apart, but within a short distance of each other, both Helen Porter Mitchell and Florence Wilson were born.
Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba, c. 1890

Walery
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba,

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba
Dame Nellie Melba

Dame Nellie Melba, n.d.

Aime Dupont
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983

Arthur Horner
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eric Harding and Athol Hawke 2002

Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba
Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba
Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba

Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba, 1902

Hugh Ramsay
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the Mitchell Family and the Fullerton Family 2000

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