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

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

Kangaroos, 2007 by Davida Allen

Davida Allen

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Going around a gallery with a child, we point to a painting of a dog and brightly ask ‘What’s that?’ If they don’t say ‘A dog’, we tell them that’s what it is. We don’t say it’s a shape inscribed by an artist that’s popularly understood to signify a dog. That’d only serve to foster a smarty-pants.

Dressing for dinner, 1992 Davida Allen
Dressing for dinner, 1992 Davida Allen
Dressing for dinner, 1992 Davida Allen

Dressing for dinner, 1992 Davida Allen

Portrait, oil on plywood

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

hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen
hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen
hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen

hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen

Portrait, oil on plywood

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

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

Reverend John Allen Manton, President of the Australasian Conference and Governor of Horton College, Tasmania, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Reverend John Allen Manton, President of the Australasian Conference and Governor of Horton College, Tasmania, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Reverend John Allen Manton, President of the Australasian Conference and Governor of Horton College, Tasmania, c. 1855 an unknown artist

Reverend John Allen Manton, President of the Australasian Conference and Governor of Horton College, Tasmania, c. 1855 an unknown artist

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

I dream of Sam Neill when I go to bed, 1986 Davida Allen

The actor, the artist, her life and her fantasies

Lust

Feeling sexy

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love Stories Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)

Upcoming exhibition

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Susie Porter, 2000 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

The Popular Pet Show

Previous exhibition, 2016

This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways, with portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends.

Alfred Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist
Alfred Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist
Alfred Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist

Alfred Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Sarah Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist
Sarah Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist
Sarah Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist

Sarah Simpson, c. 1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery 3 November 2016

Archived media releases 2016

It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

Gloria Petyarre by R. Ian Lloyd

Studio Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd

Previous exhibition, 2007

Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R

Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang
Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang

Judy Davis, 1981 William Yang

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Dr Helen Nugent AO

The Board

Governance & Board

The Board oversees the Gallery's strategic directions, objectives and governance.

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour on paper

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

Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Nick Enright, c. 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore
Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore
Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (printed 2000) David Moore

Judy Davis on the set of 'Heatwave', Sydney, 1981 (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

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil and enamel on hardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tom Uren's family 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Jane Mander Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith
Jane Mander Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith
Jane Mander Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith

Jane Mander Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Susanna de Vienne, Sarah Wood and David Lloyd Jones 2009.
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

David Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith
David Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith
David Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith

David Jones, 1853 Henry Robinson Smith

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Susanna de Vienne, Sarah Wood and David Lloyd Jones 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore
TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore
TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf
Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf
Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

Portrait, charcoal heightened with white chalk

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
My father-in-law watering his garden, 1986 by Davida Allen

Lovingly observed

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sarah Engledow previews the beguiling summer exhibition, Idle hours.

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.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding 28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

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

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.

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.

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

My dream job

Magazine article by David Thomas, 2012

Artist David M Thomas lists some of the ideas and influences behind his video portraits.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Whether the result of misadventure or misdemeanour, many accomplished artists were transported to Australia where they ultimately left a positive mark on the history of art in this country.

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.

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.

"Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?", 1956

Pop goes the preconception

Magazine article by Paul Moorhouse, 2007

A National Portrait Gallery, London exhibition redefines portraiture, shifting the focus towards a new perspective on Pop Art.

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.

Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon

The existential lens

Magazine article by Stephen Zagala, 2013

Stephen Zagala discusses Richard Avedon’s work from an Australian perspective.

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.

Shall I raise my eyebrows and gasp? (Alex), 2011 by TextaQueen

Pen power

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Politics and personae in the portraiture of TextaQueen by Jane Raffan.

Night Owl, 2013 by Fiona McMonagle
Private Collection, NSW

Fiona McMonagle

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Fiona aims to create a dangerous situation with a flood of water on the paper, forcing each work to the point where it can fail, and then rescuing it. 

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

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