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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.

Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford
Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford
Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Francis Reiss 2009

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti & Campbell

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Gordon and Marilyn Darling interview video: 6 minutes

Gordon and Marilyn Darling interview

General content

Gordon and Marilyn Darling talk about the origins of the National Portrait Gallery and some of their favourite portraits.

Marilyn Darling interview video: 2 minutes

Marilyn Darling by Anne Zahalka

Portrait story

Marilyn Darling talks about the creation of her portrait, and the photographic process.

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka
Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, colour transparency on lightbox

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2010

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

Marilyn Rowe, 1981 Graham Thorley
Marilyn Rowe, 1981 Graham Thorley
Marilyn Rowe, 1981 Graham Thorley

Marilyn Rowe, 1981 Graham Thorley

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Graham Thorley in his memory and in tribute to Marilyn Rowe 2010

Marilyn Rowe, c. 1975 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Marilyn Rowe, c. 1975 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Marilyn Rowe, c. 1975 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Marilyn Rowe, c. 1975 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG 31 August 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and all the Staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Founding Patron, who died peacefully in Melbourne this morning. He was 94.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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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.