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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.

Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist
Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist
Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist

Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner
William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner
William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner

William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

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

Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased through the Foundation Acquisitions Fund 2015

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

The last of England 1855

Pre-Raphaelite Profile

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

In 2006 the National Portrait Gallery acquired a splendid portrait of Victoria's first governor, Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe by Thomas Woolner.

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.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist, Thomas Warton
Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist, Thomas Warton
Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist, Thomas Warton

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist, Thomas Warton

Portrait, daguerreotype on in a pinchbeck case

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

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.