Skip to main content

We’re thrilled to welcome you back to the Gallery from Saturday 6 June. Please see what we need you to do first.

Menu

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law
Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law

Woureddy [Wurati], an Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land, 1835 Benjamin Law

Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Truggernana [Trukanini], a native of southern part of V.D. Land, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Portrait, etching, printed in black ink from one copper plate on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Ian Potter Foundation 2009

Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau
Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Woureddy [Wurati], a wild native of Brune Island, 1835 Benjamin Duterrau

Portrait, etching, printed in black ink from one copper plate on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the
Ian Potter Foundation 2009

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.

H.B.G Larkin, 1928 L E. Reynolds
H.B.G Larkin, 1928 L E. Reynolds
H.B.G Larkin, 1928 L E. Reynolds

H.B.G Larkin, 1928 L E. Reynolds

Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

Roger Benjamin explores the intriguing union of Lina Bryans and Alex Jelinek.

Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith
Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith
Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith

Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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.

Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Portrait 32 June - August 2009

Magazine

This issue features Vanity Fair, Nancy Bird Walton, William Barak, Sidney Kidman, Benjamin Duterrau's portraits of the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania, and more.

Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c.1859 an unknown artist
Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c.1859 an unknown artist
Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c.1859 an unknown artist

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c.1859 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

Frances Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Frances Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Frances Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Frances Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Charles Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Charles Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Charles Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Charles Perry, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson

Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and James Bryans
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2015

Sir Oswald Brierly, c. 1870 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Sir Oswald Brierly, c. 1870 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Sir Oswald Brierly, c. 1870 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company

Sir Oswald Brierly, c. 1870 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940
	 by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

Accomplished illustrator, painter, writer and diarist, set designer and one of the most distinguished photographers of the twentieth century, Cecil Beaton is renowned for his portraits of well known faces from the worlds of fashion, literature, and film.

Annette Kellerman, c. 1907 (printed 2003) H. Walter Barnett

Indecent exposure Annette Kellerman

Previous exhibition, 2011

'Diving Venus' and 'the perfect woman' are two of the numerous descriptions applied to Annette Kellerman, who achieved international fame during the early decades of the twentieth century.

Annette Kellerman, c. 1907 (printed 2003) H. Walter Barnett
Annette Kellerman, c. 1907 (printed 2003) H. Walter Barnett
Annette Kellerman, c. 1907 (printed 2003) H. Walter Barnett

Annette Kellerman, c. 1907 (printed 2003) H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, modern bromide print from an original negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2004

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Elegance in exile Portrait drawings from colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2012

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

Angus Trumble National Portrait Gallery Director

National Portrait Gallery Director announced 20 December 2013

Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes Angus Trumble

Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo
Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo
Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018

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

Sir Henry Barkly, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Sir Henry Barkly, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Sir Henry Barkly, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Sir Henry Barkly, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Abduction/The Forest, 2009  © Pushpamala N.

Pushpamala N by Ajay Sinha

Artist essays

Pushpamala N. was born in 1956 in Bangalore. Her early training was in sculpture, but as her practice progressed she brought an early enthusiasm for narrative figuration into her photographic work.

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

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.

Rev. Victor B. Walls and Mrs. Walls, Trinidad, B.W.I., c.1930

The first nurse

Magazine article by Tamsin Hong, 2016

Tamsin Hong recounts the tale of Marion Smith, the only known Australian Indigenous servicewoman of World War One.

JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

Magazine article by Sandy Nairne, 2006

Lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, given at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on 28 April 2006.

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Where the wild things are

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the complex portrait of Dr Bob Brown by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

Vanity fair

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2012

Ashleigh Wadman rediscovers the Australian characters represented with a kindly touch by the British portrait artist Leslie Ward for the society magazine Vanity Fair.

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.

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.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Celebrating a new painted portrait of Joseph Banks, Sarah Engledow spins a yarn of the naturalist, the first kangaroo in France and Don, a Spanish ram.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Cultural kaleidoscope

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.

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

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

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

The Art Lovers - Megan, 2013 by Gary Grealy

Everybody, look serious NPPP 2014 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2014 Prize.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.