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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 of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

The hand of Captain Cook Google Arts and Culture

Learning resources

A fine portrait with a hidden message

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2019 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2019 James & Michelle

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The Art Handlers' Award for 2019 went to A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker.

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2020 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2020 James & Jessica

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The Art Handlers' Award for 2020 went to Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019 by Shea Kirk.

Annual lecture 2012 photos 1 August 2012

In Frame

With James Holloway, former Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011 video: 6 minutes

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011 by Aaron James McGarry

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Finalist, iD2012

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Lust

You saucy minx

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

Portrait 50 hits the shelves 1 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

With contributions from Julia Gillard, Fiona Gruber, and Dr Karl James, the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th edition of Portrait has something for everyone.

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
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For our Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends giveaways
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley

All the world's a stage

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Joan Sutherland, Robert Helpmann and Raigh Roe

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 video: 15 seconds

Art Handlers' Award

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The winner of our Art Handlers' Award receives $1000 and free return transport for their photograph, courtesy of International Art Services.

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

Welcome home, Captain Bligh 27 March 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery will, next Tuesday, unveil an exciting new acquisition of irrefutable importance to all Australians. Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c. 1776, attributed to John Webber, is one of the earliest portraits of the contentious, historical figure, and extends the Gallery’s remarkable collection of early colonial portraits.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 8 March 2018

Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

The Dissecting Room

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Though initially developed by physicians, phrenology was taken up by certain non-medical practitioners who applied the theory to social questions such as education and criminal reform. 

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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.