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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.

Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley

Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by
Ross A. Field 2008

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)

Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Elegance in exile Portrait drawings from colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2012

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius: four artists who, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

David M Thomas Dream Job

Previous exhibition, 2011

Since 1993 Brisbane-based artist David M Thomas has investigated self identity through art works that encompass painting, text, audio, video and performance.

Interview with Andy Thomas video: 3 minutes

Andy Thomas 'When I grow up I want to be an astronaut'

Portrait story

An interview with Australian astronaut, Dr. Andy Thomas, who describes the experience of space travel.

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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.