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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.

Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert
Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert
Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert

Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Simpson family in memory of Caroline Simpson OAM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

On display in Gallery Six Tim Fairfax Gallery

General content

Portraits which document the flourishing of social and cultural diversity in Australia during the second half of the twentieth century.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

History in the Frame History (Years 3 to 6)

Virtual Excursions

From Truganini to Ned Kelly - we investigate a range of portraits to piece together Australia's development as a nation. Discover people's migration and colonisation stories, different perspectives and the historical value of portraiture.

Me, 1992 Ken Done

Put Yourself in the Picture Visual Arts (Foundation to Year 10)

Virtual Excursions

What is a portrait? Explore a selection of historical and contemporary Australian examples and the stories behind them. Be inspired by the artists' techniques to create a self-portrait.

Jackie, 2018 by Katrin Koenning

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Photography (Years 7 to 10)

Virtual Excursions

Explore the historic and contemporary works featured in our Collection and the Prize. Question what makes a compelling photograph as you examine photographers’ different approaches and feel inspired in your own art making practice.

Deborah Mailman, 1999 Evert Ploeg

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements and activism Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies (Years 4 to 6)

Virtual Excursions

How have artists captured Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in portraits? Learn about the people in the portraits – their achievements, roles, stories of activism and connection with country. 

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Portrait of Australian Society Civics and citizenship (Years 7 to 10)

Virtual Excursions

How do we participate in this diverse and interconnected world? Reflect on your own civic responsibilities and discover the lives of individuals through their portraits and how they have contributed to Australia’s evolving identity.

Virtual Excursions Online and distance groups

Education

Live, interactive learning programs coming soon wherever you are.

Charlie Teo video: 5 minutes

Charlie Teo 'I would love to be considered mainstream'

Portrait story

Acclaimed neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo discusses the pressures of his career.

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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.