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Ambrose Hallen
Ambrose Hallen
Ambrose Hallen

Ambrose Hallen, 1941

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Ambrose Hallen
Ambrose Hallen
Ambrose Hallen

Ambrose Hallen, 1937

Lina Bryans
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sir James and Lady Cruthers 2001

Portrait of Ambrose Patterson
Portrait of Ambrose Patterson
Portrait of Ambrose Patterson

Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-1902

Hugh Ramsay
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of John Oswald Wicking 2003

The Victor

The Victor

Other styles

The style adopted by an American Civil War general, Ambrose Burnside, from whose name the term ‘sideburn’ originated.

Mr Mortimer Lewis

Little treasures

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2002

The acquisition of the ivory miniatures of Mortimer and Mrs Lewis.

Portrait of Ambrose Patterson

Velasquez Touch

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers, explores the creative collaborations between four Australian artists living in Paris during the first years of the twentieth century.

Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel)
Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel)
Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel)

Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel), 1901-1902

Hugh Ramsay
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of John Oswald Wicking 2003

Thomas Woolner

The 1850s to the 1880s

Mo and beard timeline

The restrained and cultivated facial hair fashions evident through the first decades of the 1800s were on the wane by the middle of the century, when hirsute faces became mainstream.

Self portrait with glove

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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