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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.

Society of Artists Selection Committee
Society of Artists Selection Committee
Society of Artists Selection Committee

Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907

Henry King
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Paul Kelly

Before Too Long

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

The story behind the creation of the portrait of singer-songwriter Paul Kelly by the artist Jon Campbell.

Lindy Lee

The long game

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2020

Penelope Grist spends some quality time with the Portrait Gallery’s summer collection exhibition, Eye to Eye.

John Cargher holding a long play record
John Cargher holding a long play record
John Cargher holding a long play record

John Cargher holding a long play record, c. 1986

John Spooner
Portrait, pen and ink and brush and ink on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester

Photography and filming

Plan your visit

As long as it for personal use, you can take photos of any of the portraits (except the ones with the No Photos icon).

The Barkly

The Barkly

Other styles

A look involving very long, side whiskers that descended as far south as a gentleman’s lapels.

The Burke

The Burke

Beards

A big daddy of a beard; long; bushy; rugged, but not unkempt; typically found on the faces of explorers or bushrangers.

Roy and HG: John Doyle as Roy Slaven (L) and Grieg Pickhaver as HG Nelson: in studio (radio), c. 1990 Reproduced by permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Library Sales. © 1990 ABC

Relationship boundaries breed marathon success

Nearest & Dearest

A bromance in banter

Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo
Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo
Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo

Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo, 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Nick Cave

Nick Cave, 1999

Howard Arkley
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999

Gordon Darling Hall

Gordon Darling Hall

Spaces

Just inside the entrance, the Hall has a soaring ceiling and plenty of natural light.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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