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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.

Summer 1986 Janet Dawson

Petite beauty marries gentle giant

Passion

Books, beets and heat

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

Extraordinary airmen make aviation history

Passion

Charles is my wingman

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.

Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain

Ben Chifley, Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Anatomist's eye

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2016

Robert Hannaford has completed around 400 portraits over the span of his career. 

Woman with Fair Hair and Pink Cardigan, 1949 by John Perceval.

The family scene

Magazine article, 2016

Traudi Allen discovers sensitivity, humour and fine draughtsmanship in the portraiture of John Perceval.

Walter Reginald Hume, c.1944 William Dargie
Walter Reginald Hume, c.1944 William Dargie
Walter Reginald Hume, c.1944 William Dargie

Walter Reginald Hume, c.1944 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Hume OAM 2016

Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie
Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie
Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie

Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie
Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie
Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie

Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rodney Davidson AO OBE 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Mary Newlinds and Sheena Simpson in memory of their father, D.A.S. Campbell, 2014

Moonboy, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Tim Storrier, 2013

Tim Storrier describes the influences on the development of his artistic style.

The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012

Imagination

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow tells the story of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee portrait by Australian artist Ralph Heimans.

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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.