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Favourite portraits

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National Portrait Gallery staff introduce their favourite portraits from the exhibition.

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Announcing Shakespeare to Winehouse

24 November 2021
Media

More than eighty treasures from the National Portrait Gallery London will travel to Canberra for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from March 2022.

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board
Lucy Escott

An international troupe of two

It's Complicated

Office romance

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac

Maritime disaster leaves poignant picture

Devotion

Absence rends the heart asunder

George and Jemima Billet with family

In the most correct style

Nearest & Dearest

Desirable outcomes, undesirable origins

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

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Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

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

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Portrait Donors

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Thomas Archbold, Durham, 1826 by John Dempsey

Street fare

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The late Georgian and early Victorian working classes often bought their food in ale-houses, chop-houses and ‘penny pie shops’, or purchased their meals day after day in the streets.

Zed, from the series Walking the dog, 2005 by Robyn Sweaney

Robyn Sweaney

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Robyn's parents had two terriers, Wuff and Snuff. In spite of Snuff’s ominous name and a couple of close shaves – once, he jumped out of a moving car, and another time, on a long road trip, he was accidentally left behind at a petrol station – he outlived Wuff.

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2014

22 August 2014
Archived media releases 2014

Press releases for media.

Blue Wolf, 2014

by Imogen Henry
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Finalist, MDPA 2014

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.

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.

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