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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.

The Conciliation, 1840 by Benjamin Duterrau

The art of conciliation

Magazine article by Gareth Knapman, 2017

Gareth Knapman explores the politics and opportunism behind the portraits of Tasmania’s Black War.

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Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock

Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock

Portrait, pencil, chalk and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Elegance in exile Portrait drawings from colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2012

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius: four artists who, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon
Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon
Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon

Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon

Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley
Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley
Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley

Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s) Charles Woolley

Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Allanah Dopson & Nicholas Heyward 2009

Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law

Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law

Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law
Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law
Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law

Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law

Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

The National Portrait Gallery

In the galleries

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Christopher Chapman highlights the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery building which opened in December 2008.

Portrait of Truganini, daughter of the Chief of Bruny Island, Van Diemens Land, c. 1835

Black and white history

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

English artist Benjamin Duterrau took up the cause of the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania with his detailed and sympathetic renderings.

William Lanne, c. 1866 Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
William Lanne, c. 1866 Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
William Lanne, c. 1866 Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie

William Lanne, c. 1866 Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by
Allanah Dopson & Nicholas Heyward 2009

Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie

Trukanini, n.d. Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Allanah Dopson and Nicholas Heyward 2009

Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Portrait, etching, printed in black ink from one copper plate on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Ian Potter Foundation 2009

Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Portrait, etching, printed in black ink from one copper plate on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Ian Potter Foundation 2009

Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania, c. 1866 Henry Frith
Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania, c. 1866 Henry Frith
Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania, c. 1866 Henry Frith

Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania, c. 1866 Henry Frith

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

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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.