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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
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1909

Bess Norriss Tait
Portrait, watercolour and bodycolour on cardboard

Purchased with funds provided by Barbara and Jim Higgins 2010

Self portrait

Small worlds

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Bess Norriss Tait created miniature watercolour portraits full of character and life.

Portrait 38

December 2010 - February 2011
Magazine

This issue features Martin Schoeller, Bess Norriss Tait, Emanuel Solomon and the sisters of St Joseph, Rennie Ellis and AC/DC, John Brack and more.

Thomas Lee
Thomas Lee
Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee, 1847?

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Harold Parker
Harold Parker
Harold Parker

Harold Parker, c. 1906

Bessie Gibson
Portrait, watercolour on ivory in locket frame

Gift of Rosamond Shepherd 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Amy Castles
Amy Castles
Amy Castles

Amy Castles, c. 1899

Falk Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

Amy Castles
Amy Castles
Amy Castles

Amy Castles, c. 1902

The Swiss Studios, Melbourne
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

Dulcie Deamer, c. 1920

Out of the shadows

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour profiles the life and times of the shutter sisters May and Mina Moore.

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