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Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie
Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie
Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir George Coles, c. 1935 W B McInnes
Sir George Coles, c. 1935 W B McInnes
Sir George Coles, c. 1935 W B McInnes

Sir George Coles, c. 1935 W B McInnes

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Norman Coles William Dargie
Sir Norman Coles William Dargie
Sir Norman Coles William Dargie

Sir Norman Coles, William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie
Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie
Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Portrait of Sir Edgar Coles, 1962 Reinis Zusters
Portrait of Sir Edgar Coles, 1962 Reinis Zusters
Portrait of Sir Edgar Coles, 1962 Reinis Zusters

Portrait of Sir Edgar Coles, 1962 Reinis Zusters

Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Sir Edgar Coles 2014

Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie
Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie
Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie

Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd’s Mysterious Eyes 6 May 2016

Archived media releases 2016

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a focus exhibition of captivating portraits by renowned artist Arthur Boyd, titled Mysterious eyes: Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945.

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Mysterious eyes Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945

Previous exhibition, 2016

Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his equally emotive portraits of those around him.

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2014

Arthur Beetson, 1968 (printed 2019) Ern McQuillan
Arthur Beetson, 1968 (printed 2019) Ern McQuillan
Arthur Beetson, 1968 (printed 2019) Ern McQuillan

Arthur Beetson, 1968 (printed 2019) Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters
Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters
Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters

Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant
Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant
Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant

Arthur Boyd, 1962 Axel Poignant

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

Magazine article by Patrick McCaughey, 2015

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

Arthur Streeton, c. 1890 H. Walter Barnett
Arthur Streeton, c. 1890 H. Walter Barnett
Arthur Streeton, c. 1890 H. Walter Barnett

Arthur Streeton, c. 1890 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph on original studio backing card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd, Bundanon, New South Wales, 1995 (printed 2000) David Moore
Arthur Boyd, Bundanon, New South Wales, 1995 (printed 2000) David Moore
Arthur Boyd, Bundanon, New South Wales, 1995 (printed 2000) David Moore

Arthur Boyd, Bundanon, New South Wales, 1995 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Arthur Calwell Louis Kahan
Arthur Calwell Louis Kahan
Arthur Calwell Louis Kahan

Arthur Calwell, Louis Kahan

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis
Arthur Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis
Arthur Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis

Arthur Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

H.R.H. The Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall
H.R.H. The Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall
H.R.H. The Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall

H.R.H. The Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall
Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall
Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall

Prince Arthur, 1860 John J. Mayall

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph, hand-coloured on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio III, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd - Bundanon Studio II, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur Boyd with horse hair brush - Bundanon 1993, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Alan Boxer 2014

Mawalan Marika, c. 1963 Arthur Murch
Mawalan Marika, c. 1963 Arthur Murch
Mawalan Marika, c. 1963 Arthur Murch

Mawalan Marika, c. 1963 Arthur Murch

Portrait, oil on canvas on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Bernard Smith, n.d. Arthur Boyd
Bernard Smith, n.d. Arthur Boyd
Bernard Smith, n.d. Arthur Boyd

Bernard Smith, n.d. Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2002

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd
Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd
Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Sir Charles Mackerras, 1983 Arthur Fleischmann
Sir Charles Mackerras, 1983 Arthur Fleischmann
Sir Charles Mackerras, 1983 Arthur Fleischmann

Sir Charles Mackerras, 1983 Arthur Fleischmann

Portrait, cast bronze on mosaic tile panel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sir Charles Mackerras 2009

Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion, 1876 Arthur William Burman
Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion, 1876 Arthur William Burman
Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion, 1876 Arthur William Burman

Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion, 1876 Arthur William Burman

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, c. 1840 an unknown artist
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, c. 1840 an unknown artist
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, c. 1840 an unknown artist

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, c. 1840 an unknown artist

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, 1845 Charles Abraham
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, 1845 Charles Abraham
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, 1845 Charles Abraham

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, 1845 Charles Abraham

Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd
Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd

Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas

On loan from the Clark family

Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch
Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch
Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch

Archbishop Michael Kelly, c. 1924 (cast 2010) Arthur Murch

Portrait, cast bronze on black granite plinth

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Anthony Dattilo Rubbo, 1935 Arthur Murch
Anthony Dattilo Rubbo, 1935 Arthur Murch
Anthony Dattilo Rubbo, 1935 Arthur Murch

Anthony Dattilo Rubbo, 1935 Arthur Murch

Portrait, ciment fondu, patinated

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1920s Arthur Murch
Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1920s Arthur Murch
Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1920s Arthur Murch

Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1920s Arthur Murch

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Charles E. Jones and Kim Lloyd Jones 2019
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

image not online

Jack Lang, life mask, Arthur Murch

Portrait, fibreglass and resin

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Clara Crosbie, c. 1885 Arthur William Burman
Clara Crosbie, c. 1885 Arthur William Burman
Clara Crosbie, c. 1885 Arthur William Burman

Clara Crosbie, c. 1885 Arthur William Burman

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch), c. 1929 Harold Cazneaux
The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch), c. 1929 Harold Cazneaux
The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch), c. 1929 Harold Cazneaux

The sculptor (George Lambert and Arthur Murch), c. 1929 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs, c. 1914 Falk Studios
Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs, c. 1914 Falk Studios
Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs, c. 1914 Falk Studios

Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs, c. 1914 Falk Studios

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s) John O'Gready
The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s) John O'Gready
The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s) John O'Gready

The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s) John O'Gready

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Duke of Wellington, 1841 John Lucas
Duke of Wellington, 1841 John Lucas
Duke of Wellington, 1841 John Lucas

Duke of Wellington, 1841 John Lucas

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

"Peace and War" (A.A Greenwood Hales) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Peace and War" (A.A Greenwood Hales) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Peace and War" (A.A Greenwood Hales) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

"Peace and War" (A.A Greenwood Hales) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald A Walker 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)

Impressions Painting light and life

Previous exhibition, 2011

Impressions: Painting light and life presents portraits by, and of, artists at the heart of Australian impressionism including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.

The sisters, 1904

Beguiling impressions

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2012

Sarah Engledow is seduced by the portraits and the connections between the artists and their subjects in the exhibition Impressions: Painting light and life.

New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c. 1920 Frank Neish
New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c. 1920 Frank Neish
New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c. 1920 Frank Neish

New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c. 1920 Frank Neish

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of FW Macpherson 2012

Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (nee Clench) and Pat, the dog, c. 1909 H. Walter Barnett
Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (nee Clench) and Pat, the dog, c. 1909 H. Walter Barnett
Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (nee Clench) and Pat, the dog, c. 1909 H. Walter Barnett

Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (nee Clench) and Pat, the dog, c. 1909 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph on printed card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight
Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight

Arthur and Yvonne, 1993 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eric Harding and Athol Hawke 2002

Arthur and Ria Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis
Arthur and Ria Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis
Arthur and Ria Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis

Arthur and Ria Murch, 1945 Margaret Michaelis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Duty bound

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of colonial women Lady Ellen Stirling, Eliza Darling, Lady Eliza Arthur, Elizabeth Macquarie and Lady Jane Franklin.

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

Brian Quinn, Coles Myer Joe Greenberg
Brian Quinn, Coles Myer Joe Greenberg
Brian Quinn, Coles Myer Joe Greenberg

Brian Quinn, Coles Myer, Joe Greenberg

Portrait, watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil, fibre-tipped pen and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Listen: Mysterious eyes video: 8 minutes 42 seconds

Listen: Mysterious eyes Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945

General content

An open house, recollections of my early life: extracts from the reminiscences of David Boyd.

Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (nee Clench) and Pat, the dog, c. 1909 H. Walter Barnett

The Streetons’ rich serenade

Passion

If music be the food of love

Portrait 49 Winter 2015

Magazine

This issue features Jude Rae, Arthur Boyd, Darren McDonald, John Singer Sargent, Tom Wills the 'inventor' of Australian Rules Football and more.

Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Portrait Gallery benefits from generous Boxer bequest 8 April 2015

Archived media releases 2015

Canberran and modernist art collector Alan Boxer has generously bequeathed two works by artists Arthur Boyd and Jenny Sages to the National Portrait Gallery.

John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

image not online

John Perceval, 1999 Thomas de Kessler

Portrait, ink, coloured pencil, gouache, crayon and fibre-tipped pen on single mount board with gold coloured ink border

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Thomas de Kessler 2001

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood

The Fairfax Gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This article examines the portraits gifted to the National Portrait Gallery by Fairfax Holdings in 2003.

Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland, c. 1810 an unknown artist
Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland, c. 1810 an unknown artist
Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland, c. 1810 an unknown artist

Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland, c. 1810 an unknown artist

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Arthur Boyd's studio

Boyd to man

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman looks at influences and insight in the formative years of Arthur Boyd.

Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland, c. 1798 an unknown artist
Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland, c. 1798 an unknown artist
Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland, c. 1798 an unknown artist

Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland, c. 1798 an unknown artist

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere
Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere
Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

Lisa McCune, 2000 (printed 2012) Rob Tuckwell
Lisa McCune, 2000 (printed 2012) Rob Tuckwell
Lisa McCune, 2000 (printed 2012) Rob Tuckwell

Lisa McCune, 2000 (printed 2012) Rob Tuckwell

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

George Lambert, c. 1929 May Moore
George Lambert, c. 1929 May Moore
George Lambert, c. 1929 May Moore

George Lambert, c. 1929 May Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford
Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford
Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

Portrait, cast bronze on wooden base

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

Portrait 53 Winter 2016

Magazine

Experience the art of rock music; attend to the neglected aspects of Lord Kitchener's work; and say farewell to the inimitable Bob Ellis.

John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967 Mark Strizic
John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967 Mark Strizic
John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967 Mark Strizic

John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967 Mark Strizic

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low
Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low
Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low

Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low

Portrait, pencil, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Milton Glaser Art is Work

Sam Haskins Portraits & Other Stories

Previous exhibition, 2006

Haskins is known for his poetic combinations of images and this exhibition of 'extended' portraits builds on this approach.

Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss
Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss
Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss

Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Hal Hattam, 1960 Fred Williams
Hal Hattam, 1960 Fred Williams
Hal Hattam, 1960 Fred Williams

Hal Hattam, 1960 Fred Williams

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Hattam family in memory of Hal and Kate Hattam 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Tom Roberts, 1920 Alice Mills OAM
Tom Roberts, 1920 Alice Mills OAM
Tom Roberts, 1920 Alice Mills OAM

Tom Roberts, 1920 Alice Mills OAM

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gerard Vaughan 2001

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801 William Ridley
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801 William Ridley
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801 William Ridley

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801 William Ridley

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

John Shirlow, c. 1937 Julian Smith
John Shirlow, c. 1937 Julian Smith
John Shirlow, c. 1937 Julian Smith

John Shirlow, c. 1937 Julian Smith

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Peter Dombrovskis, 1996 Liz Dombrovskis
Peter Dombrovskis, 1996 Liz Dombrovskis
Peter Dombrovskis, 1996 Liz Dombrovskis

Peter Dombrovskis, 1996 Liz Dombrovskis

Portrait, duo-tone print on photographic paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang
Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang
Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang

Peter Allen, 1980 William Yang

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Rudy Komon, c. 1970 Lewis Morley
Rudy Komon, c. 1970 Lewis Morley
Rudy Komon, c. 1970 Lewis Morley

Rudy Komon, c. 1970 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

The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, 1788 John Murphy after George Romney
The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, 1788 John Murphy after George Romney
The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, 1788 John Murphy after George Romney

The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, 1788 John Murphy after George Romney

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Charles Conder, Stella Maris Condor and Florence Humphrey at les Petites Dalles, Normandy, 1902 H. Walter Barnett
Charles Conder, Stella Maris Condor and Florence Humphrey at les Petites Dalles, Normandy, 1902 H. Walter Barnett
Charles Conder, Stella Maris Condor and Florence Humphrey at les Petites Dalles, Normandy, 1902 H. Walter Barnett

Charles Conder, Stella Maris Condor and Florence Humphrey at les Petites Dalles, Normandy, 1902 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton
Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton
Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton

Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray
The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray
The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray

The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896 David Davies
The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896 David Davies
The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896 David Davies

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896 David Davies

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume
'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume
'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts
Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts
Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Ian Potter Foundation 2008

Robert Henderson Croll, 1927 Frederick George Reynolds
Robert Henderson Croll, 1927 Frederick George Reynolds
Robert Henderson Croll, 1927 Frederick George Reynolds

Robert Henderson Croll, 1927 Frederick George Reynolds

Portrait, oil on canvas on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Grietje Croll in memory of her late husband Robert Devereaux Croll and with the endorsement of his daughter Helen Croll 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers, 1869 S Calvert, Gibbs, Shallard and Co. after O.R. Campbell
Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers, 1869 S Calvert, Gibbs, Shallard and Co. after O.R. Campbell
Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers, 1869 S Calvert, Gibbs, Shallard and Co. after O.R. Campbell

Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers, 1869 S Calvert, Gibbs, Shallard and Co. after O.R. Campbell

Portrait, colour wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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.

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Portrait of Andrew Garran, c 1895 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on cedar panel

On loan from the Garran family

George Rose, 1811 Giovanni Vendramini, T. Cadell & W. Davies after William Evans, Sir William Beechey
George Rose, 1811 Giovanni Vendramini, T. Cadell & W. Davies after William Evans, Sir William Beechey
George Rose, 1811 Giovanni Vendramini, T. Cadell & W. Davies after William Evans, Sir William Beechey

George Rose, 1811 Giovanni Vendramini, T. Cadell & W. Davies after William Evans, Sir William Beechey

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792 Daniel Orme
Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792 Daniel Orme
Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792 Daniel Orme

Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792 Daniel Orme

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

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

Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907 Henry King
Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907 Henry King
Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907 Henry King

Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907 Henry King

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis
Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis
Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis

Tim Burstall, Andamooka (filming of the Last of the Knucklemen), c. 1979 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini
George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini

George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Decorative portrait – Len Lye, c.1925 by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937)

Presence and Absence Portrait Sculpture in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2003

This exhibition focuses on exploring national and communal identity through sculptural production in Australia, from the early decades of settlement through to the present day

The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie
The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie
The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie

The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie

Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Self portrait, 1965 Jean Appleton
Self portrait, 1965 Jean Appleton
Self portrait, 1965 Jean Appleton

Self portrait, 1965 Jean Appleton

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Nicolaas Van Der Waarden 2013

Olegas Truchanas, 1971 Ralph Hope-Johnstone
Olegas Truchanas, 1971 Ralph Hope-Johnstone
Olegas Truchanas, 1971 Ralph Hope-Johnstone

Olegas Truchanas, 1971 Ralph Hope-Johnstone

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Grazia Gunn, 2014 Jacqueline Mitelman
Grazia Gunn, 2014 Jacqueline Mitelman
Grazia Gunn, 2014 Jacqueline Mitelman

Grazia Gunn, 2014 Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2015

Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski
Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski
Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski

Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Barbara Blackman 2009

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

George Lambert portrait story video: 1 minute

George Lambert 'Self Portrait with Gladioli'

Portrait story

An examination of the life and times of George Lambert through the gesture and pose in his self portrait. 

The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s) John O'Gready

Who's that?

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond discusses the iconic picture of two Rugby League players which became known as 'The Gladiators'.

Self portrait, 1970 by Matthew Perceval

Portrait Paintings by Matthew Perceval

Previous exhibition, 2007

From 1967 until 1981 Matthew Perceval lived and painted in France and during those years produced a large body of portrait paintings.

Self portrait, 1948 Grace Cossington Smith

Portrait of a Modernist

Magazine article by Dimity Goldie, 2003

The National Portrait Gallery acquired the self-portrait by Grace Cossington Smith in 2003.

John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

masculine/feminine, 2010 by Bridget Mac
NYSPP 2010 winner

National Youth Self Portrait Prize NYSPP 2010

Previous exhibition, 2010

An annual event, the National Youth Self Portrait Prize seeks to encourage young people to embrace self portraiture and its expressive possibilities.

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams
Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams
Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams

Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

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

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's 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.

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836 William Fernyhough

Heads of the People A Portrait of Colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2000

For Tom Roberts - Australia's best nineteenth-century portrait painter - neither a proto-national portrait gallery nor more popular collections of portrait heads, were sufficient public celebrations for the notables of Australian history

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Open Air Portraits in the Landscape

Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

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Donald Friend at Owl Creek, 1983 Lawrence Daws

Portrait, ink and charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lawrence Daws 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Donald Friend, 1987 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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 Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud
Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud
Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family, the Ian Potter Foundation and John Schaeffer AO 2009

Sir Lindesay Clark, 1973 Clifton Pugh

The Stories Beneath

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005
The Alcoa World Alumina Australia gift.
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard

Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard

Portrait, aquatint with stipple and etching and engraving, hand-coloured on chine colle on paper laid down on cotton stretched over wooden strainer

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Mark Ella, 2015 Nikki Toole

Gallery unveils Portrait of Mark Ella 12 May 2016

Archived media releases 2016

Last night in Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian sporting legend Mark Ella AM.

Portrait of Truganini, daughter of the Chief of Bruny Island, Van Diemens Land, c. 1835

Black and white history

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

English artist Benjamin Duterrau took up the cause of the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania with his detailed and sympathetic renderings.

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

Husbands and Wives Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia

Previous exhibition, 2010

'I have just been to my dressing case to take a peep at you.

Sarah Bernhardt, 1891 Falk Studios
Sarah Bernhardt, 1891 Falk Studios
Sarah Bernhardt, 1891 Falk Studios

Sarah Bernhardt, 1891 Falk Studios

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Australian of the Year Inspiring a Nation

Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh
Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh
Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Sir Ian Potter, 1968 Mark Strizic

Mark Strizic A Journey in Photography

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition traces the creative output of nearly 50 years by one of Australia's landmark living photographers.

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2013

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Peter Porter, 2004 Tony Clark

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and permanent marker on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

To Look Within Self Portraits in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell
Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell
Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell

Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

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

Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Rennie Ellis Aussies All

Previous exhibition, 2006

Rennie Ellis: Aussies All is a celebration of the life and work of the late Australian photographer Rennie Ellis.

Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son
Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son
Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son

Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Sideshow Alley Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

The fat of the land

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir Sidney Kidman (1857-1935) is inscribed in Australian legend as the ‘Cattle King’. 

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Clifton Pugh Australians

Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead
Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead
Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead

Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

Australia has become recognised for the range and talent of its musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities in general associated with the music industry

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

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.

Jack Brabham, 2004 Julie Edgar

Start Your Engines...

Magazine article by Catherine McDonough, 2006

The bronze sculpture by Julie Edgar reflects through both the material and representation the determined and straight-forward nature of Brabham. 

Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law
Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law
Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law

Trucaninny [Trukanini], wife of Woureddy [Wurati], 1836 Benjamin Law

Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Alexander Pearce
executed for murder
July 19th 1824

Public hanging

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

As a convict Thomas Bock was required to sketch executed murders for science; as a free man, fashionable society portraits.

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
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.

Mary Ann Lawrence, 1841

Fits of delicacy and despair

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Henry Mundy's portraits flesh out notions of propriety and good taste in a convict colony.

Miss Evelyn Chapman, 1918

Lovers of light

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr Sarah Engledow traces the significant links between Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and Evelyn Chapman through their portraits.

Portrait of a Manchu Noblewoman, 18th-19th C.

Facing East

Magazine article, 2007

An exhibition at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC showcases the art of portraiture in Asia over two thousand years.

Luke Scibberas, Hill End NSW, 2004

Artists' space

Magazine article by John McDonald, 2007

Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd presents 61 of some of Australia’s most respected and significant painters working in the studio environment.

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.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Friends and Acquaintances

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr. Sarah Engledow discusses a collection of drawings and prints by the Victorian artist Rick Amor acquired in 2005.

Mirka Mora, 2001 Greg Weight

It's a Mora!

Magazine article by Tedi Bills, 2016

Select extracts from Mirka Mora's autobiography, Wicked but Virtuous, provide rich accompaniment to recent Gallery acquisitions.  

Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap, 1963-66 John Brack

Somewhere to hang your cap

Magazine article by Beatrice Thompson, 2007

A pair of portraits by John Brack; Portrait of Kym Bonython and Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap combine to create a quirky depiction of their subject.

The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley

Presence and absence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The art of Australia’s colonial women painters affords us an invaluable, alternative perspective on the nascent nation-building project.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

No shirt, no service

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Bon Scott and Angus Young photographed by Rennie Ellis are part of a display celebrating summer and images of the shirtless male.

Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick, c. 1977 Jozef Vissel
Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick, c. 1977 Jozef Vissel
Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick, c. 1977 Jozef Vissel

Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick, c. 1977 Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Jozef Vissel 2015

Self portrait, 1970

Painters' paradise

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2007

Andrew Sayers feels the warmth in the paintings Matthew Perceval made while the sun shone in southern France.

Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell

Andrew Sayers AM FAHA 13 October 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff mourn the loss of the National Portrait Gallery's inaugural director.

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.

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922 George Lambert

Facing Facts

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers describes the 1922 Self-portrait with Gladioli by George Lambert.

The Window Seat, 1907 by Frances Hodgkins

Kiwi magpie

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2018

Penelope Grist finds inspiration in pioneering New Zealand artist, Frances Hodgkins.

Sidney Myer, 1936 Paul Montford

Four from the 30s

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Australia's tradition of sculpted portraits stretches back to the early decades of the nineteenth century and continues to sustain a group of dedicated sculptors.

Lottie Lyell as Doreen by Monte Luke

Their brilliant careers

Magazine article by Jenny Gall, 2017

Jenny Gall delves into Starstruck to celebrate some of Australian cinema’s iconic women.

Woman with Fair Hair and Pink Cardigan, 1949 by John Perceval.

The family scene

Magazine article, 2016

Traudi Allen discovers sensitivity, humour and fine draughtsmanship in the portraiture of John Perceval.

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse

Sure thing

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie 1887 by Frederick Woodhouse Snr. is a portrait of James Scobie, well known jockey and eminent horse trainer.

James Ford, 1979 by Robert Mapplethorpe

Apollo's breath

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman delights in the intimacy of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Poets' Portraits

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

The Portrait Gallery's paintings of two poets, Les Murray and Peter Porter, demonstrate two very different artists' responses to the challenge of representing more than usually sensitive and imaginative men.

Eden, 2011 by Arianne McNaught

Arianne McNaught

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Self portrait, 1965 Jean Appleton

In good company

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Jean Appleton’s 1965 self portrait makes a fine addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection writes Joanna Gilmour.

John Monash, 1919 James Quinn

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

Karl James gives short shrift to doubts about the profile of General Sir John Monash.

Vanity Fair, April, 2004

International issue

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond looks at the history of the Vanity Fair magazine in conjunction with the exhibition Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008

Victor Trumper, 1905 George Beldam, Sun Electric Engraving Company

Top shot that

Magazine article by Gideon Haigh, 2009

Gideon Haigh discusses portraits of Australian cricketers from the early 20th century

Milton Glaser Art is Work

Portraits and other stories

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

As the National Portrait Gallery opens its exhibition of portrait and figurative work by veteran photographer Sam Haskins, the artist reflects on the highlights of his fifty-year career so far.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic

The silent partner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

One half of the team that was Eltham Films left scarcely a trace in the written historical record, but survives in a vivid portrait.

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

Melbourne experience

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Diana Warnes explores the lives of Hal and Katherine 'Kate' Hattam through their portraits painted by Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

Thomas Mathewson (inset) and his studio on Queen Street, c. 1908 by Thomas Mathewson & Co

Northern exposure

Magazine article by Phil Manning, 2017

Phil Manning celebrates a century of Brisbane photographic portraiture.

Self portrait, 1909 Bess Norriss Tait

Small worlds

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Bess Norriss Tait created miniature watercolour portraits full of character and life.

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.

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts

An actress and her fans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr. Sarah Engledow discovers the amazing life of Ms. Hilda Spong, little remembered star of the stage, who was captured in a portrait by Tom Roberts.

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.

Rock Island Bend. Franklin River, South West Tasmania, 1979 by Peter Dombrovskis

Written in Water

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, photographers and conservationists, shared a love of photography and exploring wilderness areas of Tasmania.

Kevin Rudd

An Australian story

Magazine article by Hon. Kevin Rudd, 2009

In his speech launching the new National Portrait Gallery building on 3 December 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set the Gallery in a national and historical context.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The biographical exhibition of Barry Humphries was the first display of its kind at the National Portrait Gallery.

Olegas Truchanas, 1971 Ralph Hope-Johnstone

Giving a dam True south #1

About Face article

Ensconced and meditative in crisp Tasmania, Joanna Gilmour pays tribute to passionate green advocate and photographer Olegas Truchanas.

Captain James Cook, 1837 Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Fisher, Son & Co London

Rethinking foundational histories

Magazine article by Kate Fullagar, 2019

A focus on Indigenous-European relationships underpins Facing New Worlds. By Kate Fullagar.

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 by William Dobell

Bill and Ted's excellent portrait.

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow on Messrs Dobell and MacMahon and the art of friendship.

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.

The Conciliation, 1840 by Benjamin Duterrau

The art of conciliation

Magazine article by Gareth Knapman, 2017

Gareth Knapman explores the politics and opportunism behind the portraits of Tasmania’s Black War.

George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

Jo Gilmour uncovers endearing authenticity in the art of a twice-transported Tasmanian.

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud

To the end of the earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Dr. Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster from 1780, is one of the oldest in the NPG's collection.

Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low

The numbers man

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Dr. Sarah Engledow tells the story of Australia's first Federal statistician, Sir George Knibbs.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan investigates auction sales of self portraits nationally and internationally.

Margot Rhys, 1935 by Athol Shmith

Progressive pictures

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2017

Athol Shmith’s photographs contributed to the emergence of a new vision of Australian womanhood.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

Portfolio of 54 portraits compiled by Queen Victoria, 1859–1861 by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, Camille Silvy, Frances Day and William Bambridge

Queen of cartes

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour discusses the role of the carte de visite in portraiture’s democratisation, and its harnessing by Victoria, the world’s first media monarch.

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Sarah Engledow ponders the divergent legacies of Messrs Kendall and Lawson.

Lesley Harding

Faces of war Lecture, 14 May 2011

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Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne explores Albert Tucker’s experience of World War II, his interests in the intersection between psychology and creativity, and their influence on his portrait making.

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of convict-turned-artist William Buelow Gould.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds Lecture, 7 May 2011

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

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