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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, 1786 by John Kay

Alternative virtue

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour presents John Kay’s portraits of a more infamous side of Edinburgh.

David Collins Esq
David Collins Esq
David Collins Esq

David Collins Esq, 1804

Anthony Cardon after John T. Barber
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats

South-bound and down

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour recounts the story of ill-fated sea voyages in the early stages of the Antipodean colony.

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

La Perouse
La Perouse
La Perouse

La Perouse, 1830s

Thomas Woolnoth, William Mackenzie, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London & New York
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Sir Joseph Banks

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Celebrating a new painted portrait of Joseph Banks, Sarah Engledow spins a yarn of the naturalist, the first kangaroo in France and Don, a Spanish ram.

Captain John Hunter
Captain John Hunter
Captain John Hunter

Captain John Hunter, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Lieutenant King
Lieutenant King
Lieutenant King

Lieutenant King, 1789

J. Wright, William Skelton
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter

Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792

Daniel Orme after Robert Dighton
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong
Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong

Marilyn, Marlene and Kelvin Kong, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

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