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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.

The Federal Leader Edmund Barton
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton

The Federal Leader Edmund Barton, c. 1900

Nelson Illingworth
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes
'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes
'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes

'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes, c. 1898

Nelson Illingworth
Portrait, painted terracotta

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid

Sir George Reid, c. 1895

Nelson Illingworth
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 2000

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 2000

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 2000

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006

Avril Thomas
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned 2006

Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2005

Avril Thomas
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Commissioned 2006

James Horatio Nelson Cassell
James Horatio Nelson Cassell
James Horatio Nelson Cassell

James Horatio Nelson Cassell, late 1840s to early 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson

Marjorie Jackson, 1953

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2011

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Spikes: then and now

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

As part of its ongoing program of commissions of portraits of prominent Australians, the National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson by South Australian artist Avril Thomas.

Walking in Tall Grass, Marion 2, 2011 by Jan Nelson

Jan Nelson

More about In the flesh artists

Jan Nelson was born in Melbourne. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1983 and has been exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia since that time including at the MCA, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews

It was definitely a candid encounter as was the expression on the face. It was constructed insofar as the image was deliberately taken from a distance so as to minimize intrusion and to magnify the effect of the image.

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