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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 with pug, 2009 by William Robinson
QUT Art Collection
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Robinson, 2015

William Robinson

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Unique in the world, perhaps, is a bronze sculpture that fuses the age-old human portrait bronze tradition, and the later genre of the bronze pug figurine: that’d be William Robinson’s Self-portrait with pug.

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961 William Dargie

Extraordinary airmen make aviation history

Passion

Charles is my wingman

Summer 1986 Janet Dawson

Petite beauty marries gentle giant

Passion

Books, beets and heat

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

Image downloads William Bligh

Welcome home, Captain Bligh

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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.

Angus Trumble and David Hansen

National Portrait Gallery Director's tenure ends in triumph 30 November 2018

Archived media releases 2018

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble is ending his five-year tenure with a flourish, after announcing that Gallery publication Dempsey’s People: A Folio of British Street Portraits 1824-1844 has been awarded the 2018 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

The Lambert

The Lambert

Beards

Barbering manuals of the turn of the century might describe this style as a ‘Van Dyck’, named after the Dutch painter Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) who is known to have adopted this look.

All together now, 2012 video: 9 minutes

All together now, 2012 by Clare Thackway

General content

Finalist, iD2012

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

The choices of a modern woman

It's Complicated

When opposites attract

Woman and child, 2010 by Sam Jinks

Transience

More about In the flesh

These paintings by Juan Ford and sculptures by Sam Jinks evoke the impermanence of human life.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery 3 November 2016

Archived media releases 2016

It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 by Louise Hearman

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Peter, Silverton, NSW, 2012 by Krystal Seigerman

Krystal Seigerman

Finalist interviews
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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.