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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.

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Self portrait

Grace Cossington Smith

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1948

Grace Cossington Smith OBE
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Purchased 2002

Self portrait

Portrait of a Modernist

Magazine article by Dimity Goldie, 2003

The National Portrait Gallery acquired the self-portrait by Grace Cossington Smith in 2003.

Self portrait

Modern Australian Women

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

Close contemporaries, Thea Proctor, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith were frequently sources of inspiration and irritation to each other. 

Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 by Napier Waller

Enigma

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll contemplates the curious case of Christian Waller.

George Barrington, c.1785

Celebrity cutpurse

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2010

Grace Carroll discusses the portrait of the late-eighteenth century gentleman pickpocket George Barrington.

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

Mr and Mrs Case
Mr and Mrs Case
Mr and Mrs Case

Mr and Mrs Case, 1864

Alexander Fox and Co
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia
Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia
Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia

Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia, c. 1912

G.W. Lowrie
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs SM Asplin 2011

Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia
Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia
Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia

Ethel Anderson and her daughter, Bethia, c. 1912

G.W. Lowrie
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs SM Asplin 2011

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas laid down on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Eric Smith 2019

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