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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.

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The Home of the Blizzard: being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914 (2 volumes), 1915 Sir Douglas Mawson Kt OBE FRS, Heinemann, London

Portrait, two volumes illustrated with colour and black and white plates, three folding maps

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios
Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios
Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios

Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs J.Q. McEwin 2000

Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley
Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley
Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley

Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gareth Mawson Thomas and Pamela Karran-Thomas of the Mawson family 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios

Staying home True south #2

About Face article

Joanna Gilmour brings a mindful Douglas Mawson’s perspective to bear on the concept of isolation.

Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns
Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns
Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns

Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gareth Mawson Thomas and Pamela Karran-Thomas of the Mawson family 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Interview with Douglas Frew Waterhouse video: 2 minutes

Douglas Frew Waterhouse 'A bug in the hand'

Portrait story

Australian entomologist and inventer of the Aerogard insect repellent, Douglas Frew Waterhouse describes the evolution of his career.

Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain
Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain
Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain

Douglas Dundas, 1930s Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Douglas Annand, 1941 Max Dupain
Portrait of Douglas Annand, 1941 Max Dupain
Portrait of Douglas Annand, 1941 Max Dupain

Portrait of Douglas Annand, 1941 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Col Levy, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Col Levy, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Col Levy, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Col Levy, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Les Blakebrough, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Les Blakebrough, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Les Blakebrough, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Les Blakebrough, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Eric Douglas, c. 1929-31 Frank Hurley
Eric Douglas, c. 1929-31 Frank Hurley
Eric Douglas, c. 1929-31 Frank Hurley

Eric Douglas, c. 1929-31 Frank Hurley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Douglas 2009

Douglas Carnegie, 1968 Mark Strizic
Douglas Carnegie, 1968 Mark Strizic
Douglas Carnegie, 1968 Mark Strizic

Douglas Carnegie, 1968 Mark Strizic

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003

Douglas Annand, 1970 Kerry Dundas
Douglas Annand, 1970 Kerry Dundas
Douglas Annand, 1970 Kerry Dundas

Douglas Annand, 1970 Kerry Dundas

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

"Ducker" Douglas Hamilton McLean (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1897 Sir Leslie Ward
"Ducker" Douglas Hamilton McLean (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1897 Sir Leslie Ward
"Ducker" Douglas Hamilton McLean (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1897 Sir Leslie Ward

"Ducker" Douglas Hamilton McLean (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1897 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson
James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson
James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson

James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006) Douglas Kirkland
Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006) Douglas Kirkland
Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006) Douglas Kirkland

Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006) Douglas Kirkland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Peter Travis, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Peter Travis, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Peter Travis, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Peter Travis, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Peter Rushforth, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Peter Rushforth, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson
Peter Rushforth, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Peter Rushforth, 1971 (printed 2009) Douglas Thompson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey
Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey

Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003 Robyn Stacey

Portrait, lenticular photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Douglas Dundas, 1950 Kerry Dundas
Douglas Dundas, 1950 Kerry Dundas
Douglas Dundas, 1950 Kerry Dundas

Douglas Dundas, 1950 Kerry Dundas

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Sir Douglas Mawson, c. 1916 Thomson Studios

Melting an ice man

Devotion

Warm heart of mine

Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy
Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy
Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy

Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley
Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley
Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley

Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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

Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley

Of ice and men

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Frank Hurley's celebrated images document the heroism and minutiae of Australian exploration in Antarctica.

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

Linde Ivimey video: 6 minutes

Linde Ivimey

Contributing artists

Born: 1965, Sydney
Works: Sydney

Gladys Moncrieff, (1920s) Ruskin
Gladys Moncrieff, (1920s) Ruskin
Gladys Moncrieff, (1920s) Ruskin

Gladys Moncrieff, (1920s) Ruskin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Douglas 2009

Dr Phillip Law, 1974 Dallas Hawes
Dr Phillip Law, 1974 Dallas Hawes
Dr Phillip Law, 1974 Dallas Hawes

Dr Phillip Law, 1974 Dallas Hawes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Phillip Law 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Catherine Martin, 2001 (printed 2006) Douglas Kirkland

The love, life and art of Bazmark

Passion

Fruitful fusion

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

The Final Frontier

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Magda Keaney talks with Montalbetti+Campbell about their photographic portrait of Australian astronaut Andy Thomas.

The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray
The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray
The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray

The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray

Portrait, etching, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Douglas Stewart Fine Books 2013

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund for 2012 was dedicated to purchasing a portrait of David Malouf by Rick Amor.

John Coburn, 1974 Vaike Liibus
John Coburn, 1974 Vaike Liibus
John Coburn, 1974 Vaike Liibus

John Coburn, 1974 Vaike Liibus

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Liibus family 2015

Julian Ashton Life Class, 1920 Harold Cazneaux
Julian Ashton Life Class, 1920 Harold Cazneaux
Julian Ashton Life Class, 1920 Harold Cazneaux

Julian Ashton Life Class, 1920 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 by Ralph Heimans

Glorious A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Previous exhibition, 2012

Glorious: A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a collection-based display representing The Queen in the early and late years of her glittering sixty-year reign.

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
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.

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.

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.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Packer family 2006

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
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lucky Day, 2011 by Nikki Toole

Nikki Toole

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961 William Dargie

Uncommon Australians Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery

Previous exhibition, 1992

In 1988 philanthropists Gordon and Marilyn Darling decided to make an Australian portrait gallery a reality, overseeing the development of the 1992 touring exhibition Uncommon Australians.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Judy Cassab The artist's diary

Previous exhibition, 2013

The artist's diary profiles six decades of Cassab's work, from the early portrait commissions of the 1950s to later paintings that have helped confirm her eminent place in the canon of Australian portraiture.

Megan Gale, 2002 Ellen Dahl

Glamour vs grunge

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Christopher Chapman examines the battle of glamour vs. grunge which played out in the fashion and advertising of the 1990s.

Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant

Making Portraits Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions

Previous exhibition, 2004

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

First Ladies Significant Australian Women 1913–2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 8 March 2018

Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

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.

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.

Robyn Archer, 2010

Real close

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2012

Peter Ciemitis breached regulations when creating the portrait of the polymath environmental scientist George Seddon.

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.

Betty Bryant, c. 1939

The life of Bryant

Magazine article by Tenille Hands, 2018

Tenille Hands explores a portrait prize gifted to the National Screen and Sound Archive.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Vintage Cassab

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The oil portrait of Sir Frank Packer KBE by Judy Cassab was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

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.

The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KGAK GCMG GCVO KBE QC, 2006 by Rick Amor

Prima facie

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow casts a judicious eye over portraits in the Victorian Bar’s Peter O’Callaghan QC Portrait Gallery.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
The Sands Brothers (group photograph), n.d. an unknown artist

Seeing stars

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores photographic depictions of Aboriginal sportsmen including Lionel Rose, Dave Sands, Jerry Jerome and Douglas Nicholls.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008 David Rosetzky

Being Cate

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

A moving portrait of Cate Blanchett unfolds as an inspired pairing of medium and subject.

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.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

General content

Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond profiles a handful of the entrants in first National Photographic Portrait Prize and notes emerging themes and categories.

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

Tiny Trace of a Colonial Giant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

At just 7.8 x 6.2 cm, the daguerreotype of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa is one of the smallest works in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Marquis de Vaudreuil, ca.1753-55

Canadian identities

Magazine article by Lilly Koltun, 2004

An exploration of national identity in the Canadian context drawn from the symposium Face to Face at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2004.

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2017

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Reflections on portraiture

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

An extract from the 2004 Nuala O'Flaaherty Memorial Lecture at the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery in Launceston in which Andrew Sayers reflects on the unique qualities of a portrait gallery.

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.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds Lecture, 7 May 2011

General content

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

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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.