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Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan
Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan
Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan

Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2003

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2003

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2003

Wolf Blass, Wolf Blass Wines, n.d. Joe Greenberg
Wolf Blass, Wolf Blass Wines, n.d. Joe Greenberg
Wolf Blass, Wolf Blass Wines, n.d. Joe Greenberg

Wolf Blass, Wolf Blass Wines, n.d. Joe Greenberg

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott

Rarely Everage The Lives of Barry Humphries

Previous exhibition, 2002

The exhibition begins with Barry's childhood in Camberwell, Melbourne and chronicles his days as a struggling actor in Australia and England, his creation of characters including Barry McKenzie, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Stone and Sir Les Patterson

Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries
Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries
Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries

Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2003

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

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

Dr Alfred Barry, c. 1870 Sarony & Co.
Dr Alfred Barry, c. 1870 Sarony & Co.
Dr Alfred Barry, c. 1870 Sarony & Co.

Dr Alfred Barry, c. 1870 Sarony & Co.

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Barry Sullivan, c. 1870 Davies & Co
Barry Sullivan, c. 1870 Davies & Co
Barry Sullivan, c. 1870 Davies & Co

Barry Sullivan, c. 1870 Davies & Co

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh
Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh

Don Burrows at work, 1998 Barry Walsh

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds donated by Patrick Corrigan 2000

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

The Bishop of Sydney DD (Alfred Barry), 1884 Albert Fradelle
The Bishop of Sydney DD (Alfred Barry), 1884 Albert Fradelle
The Bishop of Sydney DD (Alfred Barry), 1884 Albert Fradelle

The Bishop of Sydney DD (Alfred Barry), 1884 Albert Fradelle

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh
Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study for "Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage", 1969 John Brack
Study for "Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage", 1969 John Brack
Study for "Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage", 1969 John Brack

Study for "Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage", 1969 John Brack

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Timothy Fairfax AC 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza
Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza
Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza

Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Tuckwell 2018

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie
The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie
The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marlene McCarthy 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley

Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Barry McDonald, 1997 Selina Snow
Barry McDonald, 1997 Selina Snow
Barry McDonald, 1997 Selina Snow

Barry McDonald, 1997 Selina Snow

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

Barry Jones, 1998 Tristan Humphries
Barry Jones, 1998 Tristan Humphries
Barry Jones, 1998 Tristan Humphries

Barry Jones, 1998 Tristan Humphries

Portrait, digital print on watercolour paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Barry Humphries, 1971 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Barry Humphries, 1971 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Barry Humphries, 1971 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Barry Humphries, 1971 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Barry Hill, 1993 Rick Amor
Barry Hill, 1993 Rick Amor
Barry Hill, 1993 Rick Amor

Barry Hill, 1993 Rick Amor

Portrait, drypoint on paper

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

John Levi at Puckapunyal, 1953 Barry Humphries
John Levi at Puckapunyal, 1953 Barry Humphries
John Levi at Puckapunyal, 1953 Barry Humphries

John Levi at Puckapunyal, 1953 Barry Humphries

Portrait, pastel and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rabbi John Levi AM 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

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

Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland

Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley

Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott
Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott
Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993, 1993 John Elliott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig
Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig
Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig

Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helga Leunig 2013

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2007

Self portrait, c. 1948 John Brack

John Brack Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2007

The exhibition includes such striking works as Portrait of Fred Williams, and Barry Humphries in the character of Edna Everage, the enigmatic Portrait of Hal Hattam, a group of revealing self portraits including the mysterious Inside and Outside, as well as endearing portraits of the artist's children.

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Portrait 6 December 2002 - February 2003

Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features articles about the NPG's Barry Humphries exhibition and Polly Borland's portrait of The Queen.

Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain
Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain
Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain

Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Kathleen Barry 2009

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti & Campbell

Eye to eye

Previous exhibition, 2019

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous Karin Catt Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

Portrait of Ali, 2014 by Hoda Afshar

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2015

Previous exhibition, 2015

The National Photographic Portrait Prize 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.

Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf
Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf
Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf

Sir Mark Oliphant, c. 1948 Lotte Meitner-Graf

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ms Vivian Wilson 2004

John Farnham, 1996 Polly Borland

Glossy - Faces Magazines Now

Previous exhibition, 1999

Magazines are the portrait galleries of the 90s... Glossy is about magazines. The exhibition presents the work of eight photographers, Australian by birth or long-term residency, who are producing portraits for publication in magazines around the world.

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist
Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880) an unknown artist

Ned Kelly the Bushranger (from The Australasian Sketcher, 7 August 1880), 1880 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley
Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley
Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 Lewis Morley

Marea Gazzard, c. 1985 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

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 by Louise Hearman

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley Myself and Eye

Previous exhibition, 2003

Lewis Morley has a great eye for a shot and a sharp ear for a pun

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Polly Borland Australians

Previous exhibition, 2001

Polly Borland: Australians, is an exhibition of 54 new portraits of significant Australians who have made a contribution to British life and who have largely made their home or based their professional life in the UK

The rose, 1927

The World of Thea Proctor

Previous exhibition, 2005

The World of Thea Proctor is the Portrait Gallery's second major biographical exhibition - that is, the second exhibition to focus exclusively on the life and work of a single individual

Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt., 1883 John Noone after William Strutt
Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt., 1883 John Noone after William Strutt
Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt., 1883 John Noone after William Strutt

Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt., 1883 John Noone after William Strutt

Portrait, photolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones, c. 1930 E.O. Hoppé
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones, c. 1930 E.O. Hoppé
Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones, c. 1930 E.O. Hoppé

Lady [Hannah] Lloyd Jones, c. 1930 E.O. Hoppé

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Marcia Langton, 2013 Juno Gemes
Marcia Langton, 2013 Juno Gemes
Marcia Langton, 2013 Juno Gemes

Marcia Langton, 2013 Juno Gemes

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich
Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich
Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich

Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy
Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy
Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy

Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley
Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley
Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley

Margaret Olley, 1998 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

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Two gentlemen celebrating a birthday (Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge), 1974 Bob Jenyns

Portrait, painted wood, denim, wool, plastic, 10 candles

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Frank Watters OAM 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage

Myself and Eye

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Portrait, oil and ink on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis
Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis
Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis

Alan Bond, 1985 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart
Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart
Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart

Head study for portrait of Margaret Olley, 1994 Jeffrey Smart

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Nick Enright AM 2004

Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley

All the world's a stage

General content

Joan Sutherland, Robert Helpmann and Raigh Roe

Ursus sitting, 1931

Two pair

Magazine article by Dr Jacqui Strecker, 2008
Stuttgart's Art Museum is showing Otto Dix portraits alongside artists from Lucas Cranach to Andy Warhol.
Portrait of David Dridan, 1992 Brian Dunlop
Portrait of David Dridan, 1992 Brian Dunlop
Portrait of David Dridan, 1992 Brian Dunlop

Portrait of David Dridan, 1992 Brian Dunlop

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Dridan OAM 2017

Moonboy, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Tim Storrier, 2013

Tim Storrier describes the influences on the development of his artistic style.

Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen
Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen

Neil Armfield, 2010 Adam Cullen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

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.

The rose, 1927

The world of Thea Proctor

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

The world of Thea Proctor was the National Portrait Gallery's second exhibition to follow the life of a single person, following Rarely Everage: The lives of Barry Humphries.

Bourgeois family: Mirror frieze, 2001 From the series Re-take of Amrita
by Vivan Sundaram

Vivan Sundaram by Rakhee Balaram

Artist essays

Born in 1943 in Simla, Vivan Sundaram’s long career has given him opportunities to work in a range of mediums – painting, installation, assemblage, photography, digital media and film.

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.

Julia Matthews, c. 1862 Davies & Co
Julia Matthews, c. 1862 Davies & Co
Julia Matthews, c. 1862 Davies & Co

Julia Matthews, c. 1862 Davies & Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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

Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery Study Collection, Canberra
Gift of John Molony 2018

William Saurin Lyster, (mid to late 1860s) Davies & Co
William Saurin Lyster, (mid to late 1860s) Davies & Co
William Saurin Lyster, (mid to late 1860s) Davies & Co

William Saurin Lyster, (mid to late 1860s) Davies & Co

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Graham Smith 2009

Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester
Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester
Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester

Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester

Portrait, oil and mixed media and hand-stitching on canvas

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

Charles Summers, (late 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo
Charles Summers, (late 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo
Charles Summers, (late 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

Charles Summers, (late 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Graham Smith 2009

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 Victorian Tapestry Workshop

The spirit of the gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers celebrates the support given to the Gallery by Gordon and Marilyn Darling.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

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

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.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

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.

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.

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.

NPPP finalists

20 20

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

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.

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.

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson

Face the music

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Face the Music explores the remarkable talents and achievements of Australian musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities associated with the music industry.

Announcing.... In their own words 24 November 2020

Media

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

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.

Portrait of Lady Eyre Williams (Jessie Gibbon), 1833 Claude-Marie Dubufe

Chance encounter

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of one of Melbourne's early socialites, Jessie Eyre Williams.

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.

Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell

The alchemist’s profile

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2017

John Zubrzycki meets Australian paint pioneer Jim Cobb.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 (cast 1955-56) Daphne Mayo

In the round

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2009

Andrew Sayers outlines the highlights of the National Portrait Gallery's display of portrait sculpture.

Thua Tich, South Vietnam, 1969-06 by Christopher Bellis

The jungle look

Magazine article by David Gist, 2019

David Gist steps beyond the public relations veneer of Australia’s official Vietnam War portrait photographs.

Dr Peter Farrell, 2001 Salvatore Zofrea OAM

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

Kylie, 2004

Kylie

Magazine article by Margot Anderson, 2005

The Kylie exhibition celebrated the significant achievements of one of Australia's most internationally recognisable faces and gave the general public a rare glimpse into her glamorous life. 

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.

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.

The family, c. 1955 Charles Blackman

Big bouquet of Blackmans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr. Sarah Engledow explores the context surrounding Charles Blackman's portrait of Judith Wright, Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Charlie's angles

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2017

Stephen Phillips talks to neurosurgeon Charlie Teo about his practice, perspectives and the anatomy of hope.

The National Portrait Gallery

In the galleries

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Christopher Chapman highlights the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery building which opened in December 2008.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

How the National Portrait Gallery and its unique collection came to be

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.

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.

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.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

Madame du Barry, 1791 by Richard Cosway

Little women

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour looks beyond the ivory face of select portrait miniatures to reveal their sitters’ true grit.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
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.

We would like to thank our partners.
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