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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.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler, 1954 Max Dupain

Designing the modern world

Nearest & Dearest

Friendship, education, inspiration

Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris, 1987 Max Dupain

A life shared

Devotion

Wartime romance

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

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

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Portrait 61 Summer 2018/19

Magazine

Max Dupain's unknown portrait subjects, phrenologist Madame Sibly, Indigenous-European relationships, Thomas Gainsborough and more.

Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain

Dupain detective

Magazine article by Johanna McMahon, 2019

Johanna McMahon revels in history and mystery in pursuit of a suite of unknown portrait subjects.

Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

Collection: Icons Volume One

Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Kenneth Binns, c. 1940s Max Dupain
Kenneth Binns, c. 1940s Max Dupain
Kenneth Binns, c. 1940s Max Dupain

Kenneth Binns, c. 1940s Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain
Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain
Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain

Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Tamara Tchinarova, 1938 Max Dupain
Tamara Tchinarova, 1938 Max Dupain
Tamara Tchinarova, 1938 Max Dupain

Tamara Tchinarova, 1938 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain
Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain
Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain

Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Hélène Kirsova, c. 1937 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova, c. 1937 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova, c. 1937 Max Dupain

Hélène Kirsova, c. 1937 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Hélène Kirsova, 1938 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova, 1938 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova, 1938 Max Dupain

Hélène Kirsova, 1938 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris, 1987 Max Dupain
Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris, 1987 Max Dupain
Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris, 1987 Max Dupain

Patrick White and Manoly Lascaris, 1987 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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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.