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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

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

John Brack's Portraiture Google Arts and Culture

Learning resources

John Brack said that portraits involve three people: the painter, the sitter and the viewer

Jacki Weaver, 2018 John Tsiavis

Jacki Weaver, 2018 by John Tsiavis

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Tan Le, 2018 John Tsiavis

Tan Le, 2018 by John Tsiavis

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Jane Franklin, c. 1866-75 an unknown artist after Thomas Bock

Jane’s conviction

Devotion

Stand by your man

Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio, 2011 by John McRae

John McRae

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Porter, Charing Cross, 1824 by John Dempsey

John Dempsey folio

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View the full collection of portraits in the exhibition.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Top of the pops to golden guitars

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The Seekers, John Farnham and Lee Kernaghan

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood gaol, 1867 an unknown artist

The last bushrangers

It's Complicated

Brothers in harms

John Newcombe and family, 1973 Lewis Morley

Dream date delivers destiny

Passion

The perfect match

The photographers

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The eight photographers represent diverse styles, specialities and career paths. Abigail Varney, Peter Brew-Bevan, Martin Philbey, John Tsiavis, Michelle Day, Julian Kingma, and Giovanni Lovisetto.

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.

Portrait of Denton Corker Marshall, 2009 by John Gollings

Denton Corker Marshall

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Denton Corker Marshall is based in Melbourne with offices in London and Jakarta.

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.

Convict love token from J. Waldon, 1832

To coin a (farewell) phrase

Devotion

A penny for their thoughts

Self portrait, c. 1948 John Brack

Buoyant Brack brood breeds inspiration

Nearest & Dearest

Domesticity’s creative maelstrom

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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.