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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.

Self portrait with pug, 2009 by William Robinson
QUT Art Collection
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Robinson, 2015

William Robinson

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Unique in the world, perhaps, is a bronze sculpture that fuses the age-old human portrait bronze tradition, and the later genre of the bronze pug figurine: that’d be William Robinson’s Self-portrait with pug.

Leah King-Smith

Contributing artists

Born: 1957, Gympie, QLD
Works: Brisbane

Ben Roberts-Smith

Ben Roberts-Smith, 2018

by Julian Kingma
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Commissioned in 2018 with funds raised through the 2020 project

Lucy Escott

An international troupe of two

It's Complicated

Office romance

Blue Wolf, 2014

by Imogen Henry
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Finalist, MDPA 2014

Our only concern is the void, 2013 video: 12 minutes

Our only concern is the void, 2013

by Nik Lee
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Winner, MDPA 2013

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Extraordinary airmen make aviation history

Passion

Charles is my wingman

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board

Breakfast

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Begin your day in an elegant, convivial, award-winning building.

Contributing artists

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Find out more from each of the artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

The Lawson

The Lawson

Moustaches

It’s curious that one of the writers most associated with the toughness of Australian bush life was himself not an exponent of the matted, rugged bushman sort of beard.

Cocktail reception

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We can provide a stunning, sophisticated space for your cocktail reception.

Conference or seminar

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We can tailor our spaces to suit your conference, seminar or forum.

The Parkes

The Parkes

Beards

It wasn’t uncommon for the pro-beard fraternity of the mid nineteenth century to cite beards as a sign of wisdom on the grounds that Socrates and other ancient philosophers had worn them.

Lunch or dinner

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Along with a meal in an elegant space, your guests may also enjoy portraits of notable Australians.

Wedding

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Allow us to paint the possibilities of your wedding reception.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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