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Portrait of Les Tanner, 1984

John Spooner
Portrait, etching on paper

Purchased 2004

Sir Robert Menzies
Sir Robert Menzies
Sir Robert Menzies

Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1966

Les Tanner
Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Emeritus Professor Colin A Hughes 2015

Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies)
Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies)
Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies)

Ming Vase (Sir Robert Menzies), c. 1970

Les Tanner, Gus McLaren
Portrait, glazed ceramic

Purchased 2004

Henry Bolte
Henry Bolte
Henry Bolte

Henry Bolte, 1969

Les Tanner, Gus McLaren
Portrait, glazed ceramic

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

William - Aspendale
William - Aspendale
William - Aspendale

William - Aspendale, 1966 (printed 2015)

Lazar Krum
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2015

Bob Hawke

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.

A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach

No small wonder

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour describes how artist Sam Leach works on a small scale to grand effect.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

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