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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.

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler
Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler
Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

You beauty

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the fact and fictions surrounding the legendary life of Irish-born dancer Lola Montez.

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Bringing down a kingdom

Lust

The king and the showgirl

Portrait 37 September - November 2010

Magazine

This issue features Jenny Sages, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, Brook Andrew's portrait of Marcia Langton, Nicholas Harding, Lola Montez, Mick Molloy and more.

Robyn Archer, 1982 Robert McFarlane
Robyn Archer, 1982 Robert McFarlane
Robyn Archer, 1982 Robert McFarlane

Robyn Archer, 1982 Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

The black coat: Lily Brett, 1989 David Rankin
The black coat: Lily Brett, 1989 David Rankin
The black coat: Lily Brett, 1989 David Rankin

The black coat: Lily Brett, 1989 David Rankin

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Gene Sherman AM and Brian Sherman AM 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes
Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes
Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes

Robyn Archer, 1990 George Gittoes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Robyn Archer AO 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of George Selth Coppin, c. 1895-99 Tom Roberts

The Multifarious Career of George Selth Coppin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

George Selth Coppin (1819-1906) comedian, impresario and entrepreneur, was a driving force of the early Australian theatre.

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Robyn Archer and Gough Whitlam, 1986 (printed 2019) Neil Duncan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

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.

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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.