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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.

Hell's mouth, 2019 Cam Neville

Facing the inferno

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Tara James speaks to Cam Neville about his portrait series, Firefighters.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

What is the point of Captain Cook?

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Our portrait of Captain James Cook is quite special to us.

The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks)

The Bath Butterfly

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The caricaturist and engraver James Gillray's biting satires about Sir Joseph Banks. 

Jack Nicholson, 2002 by Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller

In ya face
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Martin Schoeller’s Close-Up opened at the National Portrait Gallery in November 2010.

James Mccabe Executed Jany. 6th 1826

The consolations of religion

A bushranger meets his maker, 6 January 1826
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James McCabe provides proof that hanging wasn’t necessarily a fate reserved for the perpetrators of murder and other deeds of darkest hue. 

Self portrait, Cyprus

That’s just cheating

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Overheard in the gallery.

Cover, first minute book of the Tasmanian Society of Natural History

Embrace your inner nerd

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The southern winter has arrived. For people in the northern hemisphere (the majority of humanity) the idea of snow and ice, freezing mist and fog in June, potentially continuing through to August and beyond, encapsulates the topsy-turvidom of our southern continent.

Thomas Woolner

Missing Persons

Thomas Woolner in Australia
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Desperately seeking Woolner medallions

Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!

The Question of Value

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We have nothing to do with pricetags here.

Death mask of Ned Kelly, 1880

When should children be introduced to the concepts of death?

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A couple of weeks ago in anticipation of the Deathly Hallows movie adaptation, I was entertaining myself by looking at Harry Potter websites.

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Portrait, art, science, or blob?
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As you meander up the smooth speckled path to the National Portrait Gallery’s (NPG) polished concrete building, there is a large, almost luminous, bright tangerine orange sculpture marking the entrance.

The Gingerbread National Portrait Gallery by Sam Bowker, 2010 The background image is a portrait stencil of Andrew Sayers by E.L.K.

The Gingerbread Portrait Gallery

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Our inaugural Director, Andrew Sayers, led the National Portrait Gallery from a three-room institution in the former library of the Old Parliament House in 1998 through to our glossy and spacious new building in 2010.

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The Ever Changing Face of the National Portrait Gallery

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At the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery there stands a sculpture that attracts a great deal of interest from visitors as they ask this very question.

Portrait of Ern Malley by Sidney Nolan (1973) Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Gift of Sidney and Cynthia Nolan, 1974

Can a portrait exist when a person did not?

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All the portraits in the NPG have a real human being hidden behind them.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Robert Oatley AO

1928–2016
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The National Portrait Gallery mourns the loss of one our most generous benefactors, Robert Oatley AO.

Louise, daughter of the Hon. L. L. Smith by Tom Roberts, 1888

An Australian in Paris

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This week it is impossible not to contemplate the ways in which France has touched many Australian lives.

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