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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.

Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Self portrait, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Ann Thomson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Margaret Wilson, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mary MacQueen, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Mary MacQueen, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Mary MacQueen, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Mary MacQueen, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Helen Eager, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Kerry Lester, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Mandy Martin, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Susan Norrie, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Christie 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The cook (Michael Schmidt/architect), 1987

Hall of mirrors

Magazine article by Naomi Cass, 2007

Naomi Cass, Director of the Centre of Contemporary Photography, in conversation with Anne Zahalka.

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

Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Banduk Marika, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dr Anne Sanders

Biography

Dr Anne Sanders worked as the curatorial researcher at NPG begining in 2010.

Sandor Ferenczis 50th birthday dinner, Budapest, 1923

Less than six degrees of separation

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2011

Anne Sanders finds connections in Inner Worlds between Hungarian expatriates and the development of psychoanalysis in Australia.

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Awesome Achievers Stories from Australians of the Year

Touring exhibition, 2016

Celebrate and be inspired by talent, passion and achievement – and triumph over adversity. This exhibition features major portraits drawn from the National Portrait Gallery collection and supplemented with works from private and institutional sources.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

Snap chat

Magazine article by Anne O'Hehir, 2019

2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Anne O’Hehir looks beneath the surface of this year’s entries.

Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation Lecture, 28 May 2011

General content

Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

Tony Bilson, c. 2005 George Fetting

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

Louise Lovely feeding gulls in a park, 1969 Unknown photographer

Jewelled nights

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2017

Anne Sanders celebrates the cinematic union of two pioneering australian women.

Anne Levy, 2011 Hugh Adamson
Anne Levy, 2011 Hugh Adamson
Anne Levy, 2011 Hugh Adamson

Anne Levy, 2011 Hugh Adamson

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Anne Levy AO 2014

Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley
Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley
Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley

Anne Boyd, 1977 Lewis Morley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems
Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Caroline Amelia Elizabeth
of Brunswick, 1804

Around the grounds

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2010

Anne Sanders writes about the exhibitions Victoria & Albert: Art & Love on display at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the retrospective of Sir Thomas Lawrence at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Paul Kelly 30.11.1980 by Liz Reed

Pop poet

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2013

Dr Anne Sanders previews the works in the new focus exhibition Paul Kelly and The Portraits.

Jim Conway, 2006 Greg Warburton

Selfhood transcended

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman, 2018

Anne Sanders and Christopher Chapman bring passionate characterisation to Express Yourself, the Portrait Gallery collection exhibition celebrating iconoclastic Australians.

To our glorious dead – For the national life by Ellis Hutch

Reflections

General content

All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War exhibition co-curators Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman reflect on the evolution of the Gallery’s Anzac Centenary exhibition.

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Sarah and Ann Jacob, c.1866 Townsend Duryea
Sarah and Ann Jacob, c.1866 Townsend Duryea
Sarah and Ann Jacob, c.1866 Townsend Duryea

Sarah and Ann Jacob, c.1866 Townsend Duryea

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The Bathers, 1989

Hall of Mirrors Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

Hall of Mirrors: Anne Zahalka Portraits 1987-2007 explores the thread of portraiture through the artist's prolific career, now spanning more than 20 years.

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.

Exhibition essays

General content

Featuring contributions from Pat Jalland, Raimond Gaita, Lee Grant, Christopher Chapman, and Anne Sanders.

Patrick Corrigan, 2015 Gary Grealy
Patrick Corrigan, 2015 Gary Grealy
Patrick Corrigan, 2015 Gary Grealy

Patrick Corrigan, 2015 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist and Anne Grealy 2016

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

A gift for all ages

Magazine article by Rod Kemp, 2003

The then Minister for the Arts and Sport, Rod Kemp, reflects on the value of the Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

Bonfire of the vanities

Magazine article by Stuart Purves, 2016

Australian Galleries Director Stuart Purves tells the story of two portraits by John Brack.

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition, 2019

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

The Wandering Jew video: 3:32

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology.

Portrait 56 Autumn 2017

Magazine

Browse the history of the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Cayce Zavaglia's embroidered portraiture, and modern wedding photography!

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.

Escape, 2006 by Eddy Collett

Headspace 7 Me and My Place

Previous exhibition, 2006

Headspace 7: Me and My Place, the seventh in the National Portrait Gallery's series of student exhibitions, will be presented at Commonwealth Place. Me and My Place is the curatorial theme for the 2006 exhibition.

Curatorial discussion of the Inner Worlds exhibition  video: 11 minutes

Inner Worlds Portraits and Psychology

Previous exhibition, 2011

Portraits of Australia’s pioneering psychologists and artworks by artists fascinated by the subconscious mind.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945 Dora Toovey
Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945 Dora Toovey
Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945 Dora Toovey

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945 Dora Toovey

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Anne and Brennan Keats 2009

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Shaun Gladwell (study), 2013 Fiona Lowry

Portrait, watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2014

The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot), 1999 Lewis Morley

Reveries Photography and mortality

Previous exhibition, 2007

Featuring works by Australian and New Zealand photographers from the late 1970s up to the present day Reveries focuses on images made in the presence of or consciousness of death.

Portrait 63 Winter 2019

Magazine

Rod Mcnicol's method and motivation, 19th century Indigenous peoples, Barrie Cassidy on Bob Hawke, five generations of the Kang family from Korea and more.

Portrait 62 Autumn 2019

Magazine

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019, the iconoclastic Japanese figures Yukio Mishima and Tamotsu Yato, Angélica Dass’ Humanæ project and more.

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AC and Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Study for The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
Study for The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim
Study for The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

Study for The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AC and Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

Sir Henry Unton

Icons and imagery

Magazine article by Alison Weir, 2011

Alison Weir explores the National Portrait Gallery, London and the BP Portrait Award to find what makes a good painted portrait - past and present.

Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche

Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Claudia Hyles, Dr Christiane Lawin-Bruessel, Gwenda Matthews, Gael Newton, Anne O'Hehir, Susan Smith and Dominic Thomas in memory of our friend, Robyn Beeche 2016

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
All that fall exhibition walkthrough video: 7 minutes

All that fall 25 March 2015

Archived media releases 2015

Focusing on the wide-ranging themes of loss and absence, All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War creates a moving portrait of mourning and sacrifice as experienced on the Australian home front during the First World War.

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Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015 finalists announced 17 August 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery have selected the finalists for the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015.

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Untitled video: 5:07

Winners announced: Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2015 27 August 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The winners of the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Awards will be announced tomorrow morning at 10.00am at the National Portrait Gallery.

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

This is the first in a series of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions to survey the portraits painted by artists who are not thought of, primarily, as portrait painters

[Self-portrait], 1996

Reveries

Magazine article by Helen Ennis, 2007

The exhibition Reveries: Photography and mortality is a powerful display which brings together images that depict the last phase of people's lives.

Moving and changing, 2006

Situated self-portraits

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

The theme of the seventh annual survey of secondary school student portraiture, Headspace, was Me and My Place.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize 14 November 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

Monkey business, 2011 by Alina Gozin'a

Alina Gozin'a

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)

A new perspective

Magazine article by Celina Fox, 2006

An exhibition devoted to Hans Holbein's English commissions shows the portraitist bringing across the Channel new technical developments in art - with a dazzling facility.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding 28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 by David Rosetzky

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Sony Music Entertainment Australia 2018

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

Winner announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 22 February 2019

Media

From an outstanding field of more than 3,000 entries, culminating in a shortlist of 39 exceptional finalists, the Winner and Highly Commended entries for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize have been named.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

First Ladies Significant Australian Women 1913–2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years.

Anne-Louise Lambert as Miranda Courtesy Picnic Productions

Rock star

Magazine article by Jennifer Coombes, 2018

Jennifer Coombes explores the lush images of Picnic at Hanging Rock, featuring Anne-Louise Lambert’s Miranda, the face of the film. 

Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown

The Royal she

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2019

Traversing paint and pixels, Inga Walton examines portraits of select women in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

The Writer: Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 by Deidre But-Husaim

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AO and Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018.

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.

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

The National Portrait Prizes
29 January 2020

Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Australian Princess

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2005

The full-length portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark by artist Jiawei Shen, has become a destination piece for visitors.

Asuceleng (Dog-boar), 2010

Man of the year

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2011

Exhibition curator Christine Clark introduces the work by Indonesian artist Agus Suwage created for Beyond the self: Contemporary portraiture from Asia.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945 Dora Toovey

Heartfelt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Janet and Horace Keats with the spirit of the poet Christopher Brennan is brought to life by artist Dora Toovey.

Girl with Cigarette, c. 1925 by Agnes Goodsir

Agnes enigma

Magazine article by Karen Quinlan AM, 2019

Karen Quinlan considers the case of Agnes Goodsir, whose low profile in Australia belies her overseas acclaim.

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

Barry York charts the course from childhood request to autographed celebrity portrait anthology.

Omai, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, 1775-76

First encounters

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Representations of the inhabitants of the new world expose the complexities of the colonisers' intentions.

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

Ray Lawler, 2006 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

Karen Vickery delights in a thespian thread of the Australian yarn.

Chevalier d’Eon, 1792

All dressed up

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan asks do clothes make the portrait, and can the same work with a new title fetch a better price?

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis Lecture, 4 June 2011

General content

Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

A woman of New South Wales, c. 1840

More cash than dash

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes how colonial portraitists found the perfect market among social status seeking Sydneysiders.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds Lecture, 7 May 2011

General content

Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

Mary (or Diana) Croker, mat woman, Colchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

Dempsey’s People curator David Hansen chronicles a research tale replete with serendipity, adventure and Tasmanian tigers.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

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.

The Bare story

General content

Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits Exhibition essay

General content

Sarah Engledow looks at three decades of Nicholas Harding's portraiture.

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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.