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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.

(Margaret Whitlam) by the strength of her skin, 1998 Kim Spooner
(Margaret Whitlam) by the strength of her skin, 1998 Kim Spooner
(Margaret Whitlam) by the strength of her skin, 1998 Kim Spooner

(Margaret Whitlam) by the strength of her skin, 1998 Kim Spooner

Portrait, encaustic on canvas

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

Nicholas Whitlam, Head of the NSW Rural Bank Joe Greenberg
Nicholas Whitlam, Head of the NSW Rural Bank Joe Greenberg
Nicholas Whitlam, Head of the NSW Rural Bank Joe Greenberg

Nicholas Whitlam, Head of the NSW Rural Bank, Joe Greenberg

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson
The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson
The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Gough Whitlam, 1975 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan
Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan
Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan

Gough Whitlam, 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

Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder
Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder
Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder

Gough... maintain the rage!, 1976 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan
Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan
Gough Whitlam Louis Kahan

Gough Whitlam, 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

Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Gough Whitlam, 2005 (printed 2015) Peter Brew-Bevan
Gough Whitlam, 2005 (printed 2015) Peter Brew-Bevan
Gough Whitlam, 2005 (printed 2015) Peter Brew-Bevan

Gough Whitlam, 2005 (printed 2015) Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2015

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop
Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

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Robyn Archer and Gough Whitlam, 1986 (printed 2019) Neil Duncan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975 Mervyn Bishop

A handful of sand

Magazine article by Ellen Kent, 2007

Ellen Kent examines the portrait of Vincent Lingiari and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam taken by photographer Mervyn Bishop.

Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder
Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder
Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder

Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer

Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson, 1981 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson, 1981 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes
The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson, 1981 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson, 1981 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist
Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist
Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist

Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tim Clark 2018

Edward Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Edward Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Edward Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Edward Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 William Dobell
Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 William Dobell
Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 William Dobell

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 William Dobell

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the MacMahon family in affectionate memory of Edward MacMahon and William Dobell 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877) an unknown artist
The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877) an unknown artist
The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877) an unknown artist

The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877), 1877 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Reverend Edward Puckle, 1875 Perry, Kemp & Co.
Reverend Edward Puckle, 1875 Perry, Kemp & Co.
Reverend Edward Puckle, 1875 Perry, Kemp & Co.

Reverend Edward Puckle, 1875 Perry, Kemp & Co.

Portrait, carte de visite photograph, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Wayne Lynch, 1968 (printed 2010) Edward Sawden
Wayne Lynch, 1968 (printed 2010) Edward Sawden
Wayne Lynch, 1968 (printed 2010) Edward Sawden

Wayne Lynch, 1968 (printed 2010) Edward Sawden

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Enrico Taglietti, c. 1985 Edward Richards
Enrico Taglietti, c. 1985 Edward Richards
Enrico Taglietti, c. 1985 Edward Richards

Enrico Taglietti, c. 1985 Edward Richards

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd

Portrait, aquatint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Colonel Charles E. Merrett, 1925 A S. Peterson
Colonel Charles E. Merrett, 1925 A S. Peterson
Colonel Charles E. Merrett, 1925 A S. Peterson

Colonel Charles E. Merrett, 1925 A S. Peterson

Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (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

A Commissioner of Customs "Faithful to Francis" [The Hon. Edward Cohen M.L.A.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Commissioner of Customs "Faithful to Francis" [The Hon. Edward Cohen M.L.A.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Commissioner of Customs "Faithful to Francis" [The Hon. Edward Cohen M.L.A.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Commissioner of Customs "Faithful to Francis" [The Hon. Edward Cohen M.L.A.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles
Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles
Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of John J Holden 2005

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour, gouche and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Edward Hargraves, c.1884 Henry King
Edward Hargraves, c.1884 Henry King
Edward Hargraves, c.1884 Henry King

Edward Hargraves, c.1884 Henry King

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Syd Gregory (Sydney Edward Gregory, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

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

Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1885 Herbert Beecroft
Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1885 Herbert Beecroft
Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1885 Herbert Beecroft

Edward Lloyd Jones, c. 1885 Herbert Beecroft

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck
Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck
Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck

Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck

Portrait, hand-coloured albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ross and Judy O'Connell 2016

Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom Max Dupain
Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom Max Dupain
Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom Max Dupain

Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom, 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

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom Max Dupain
Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom Max Dupain
Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom Max Dupain

Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom, 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

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c.1913 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

John Thornett, 1966 Lesley Moline
John Thornett, 1966 Lesley Moline
John Thornett, 1966 Lesley Moline

John Thornett, 1966 Lesley Moline

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John and Vivien Thornett 2014

Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron

Hearts of Darkness

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery's acquisition of the portrait of Edward John Eyre by pioneering English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan

Harold Holt, Louis Kahan

Portrait, graphite on paper

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

E. W. Knox, 1933 Lyndon Dadswell
E. W. Knox, 1933 Lyndon Dadswell
E. W. Knox, 1933 Lyndon Dadswell

E. W. Knox, 1933 Lyndon Dadswell

Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter and Susan Dadswell 2015

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, c. 1863 John & Charles Watkins
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, c. 1863 John & Charles Watkins
H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, c. 1863 John & Charles Watkins

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, c. 1863 John & Charles Watkins

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) David Moore
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) David Moore
President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (printed 2000) David Moore

President Johnson and Prime Minister Holt at Canberra Airport, 1966 (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

Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan
Harold Holt Louis Kahan

Harold Holt, Louis Kahan

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen and pen and ink on paper

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

"Frank Wootton" (Image plate from Vanity Fair), c. 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Frank Wootton" (Image plate from Vanity Fair), c. 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
"Frank Wootton" (Image plate from Vanity Fair), c. 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

"Frank Wootton" (Image plate from Vanity Fair), c. 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

Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh
Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh
Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh

Harold Holt, 1969 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Edward Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Edward Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Edward Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist

Edward Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Peter Halliday in memory of Norah Knox 2010

Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, River Kwai, Thailand, c. 1987 (printed 2003) Robert McFarlane
Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, River Kwai, Thailand, c. 1987 (printed 2003) Robert McFarlane
Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, River Kwai, Thailand, c. 1987 (printed 2003) Robert McFarlane

Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, River Kwai, Thailand, c. 1987 (printed 2003) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron
Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron
Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron

Edward John Eyre, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Presented by Sir Roy Strong and the late Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman in memory of their friendship with Gordon Darling and Marilyn Darling 2006

Sir Edward Hallstrom, c. 1960 Esme Bell
Sir Edward Hallstrom, c. 1960 Esme Bell
Sir Edward Hallstrom, c. 1960 Esme Bell

Sir Edward Hallstrom, c. 1960 Esme Bell

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Musgrave Family 2018

Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Louis Kahan
Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Louis Kahan
Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Louis Kahan

Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, 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

Edward John Eyre, 1865 Ferdinand Jean Joubert
Edward John Eyre, 1865 Ferdinand Jean Joubert
Edward John Eyre, 1865 Ferdinand Jean Joubert

Edward John Eyre, 1865 Ferdinand Jean Joubert

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander
Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander
Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander

Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Simpson family in memory of Caroline Simpson OAM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Captain Francis de Groot, 1932 Harold Cazneaux
Captain Francis de Groot, 1932 Harold Cazneaux
Captain Francis de Groot, 1932 Harold Cazneaux

Captain Francis de Groot, 1932 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

Promise Fulfilled

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The life and achievements of Sir Edward Holden, who is represented in the portrait collection by a bust created by Leslie Bowles.

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd

South-bound and down

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour recounts the story of ill-fated sea voyages in the early stages of the Antipodean colony.

First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist
First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist
First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist

First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp
Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp
Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp

Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist
Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist
Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist

Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Peter Halliday in memory of Norah Knox 2010

Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899 an unknown artist
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899 an unknown artist
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899 an unknown artist

Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson, c. 1899 an unknown artist
Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson, c. 1899 an unknown artist
Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson, c. 1899 an unknown artist

Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson, c. 1899 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Edward John Eyre, Late Governor of Jamaica, 1867 John Brown
Edward John Eyre, Late Governor of Jamaica, 1867 John Brown
Edward John Eyre, Late Governor of Jamaica, 1867 John Brown

Edward John Eyre, Late Governor of Jamaica, 1867 John Brown

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Karen McLeod Adair and Anthony Adair 2003

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

Melodrama..., c. 1900 an unknown artist
Melodrama..., c. 1900 an unknown artist
Melodrama..., c. 1900 an unknown artist

Melodrama..., c. 1900 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

King Edward VII, 1910 by George Lambert

King Edward Terrace Behind the street name

Visiting the gallery

King Edward Terrace was named in honour of King Edward VII (1841-1910)

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

The Hon. Edward Gough Whitlam by Martin Wilson

Fuzzy Prime Ministers of Australia

Previous exhibition, 2001

In the one hundred years since Federation, Australia has produced twenty-five Prime Ministers of all shapes, shades and sizes

Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1'), 1840-41 Robert Neill
Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1'), 1840-41 Robert Neill
Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1'), 1840-41 Robert Neill

Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1'), 1840-41 Robert Neill

Portrait, steel engraving with later hand-colouring on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans

Tribute Tom Uren AC

Magazine article, 2015

Edward Tom Uren AC (1921-2015), former Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party, was a major campaigner on environmental and urban-planning issues and rights for veterans.

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

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

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh
William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh

William McMahon, 1973 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, ciment fondue

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood
First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood
First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood

First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist

Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Peter Halliday in memory of Norah Knox 2010

Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder
Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder
Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder

Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder
Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder
Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder

Billy McMahon, 1972 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen, wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM

Damien Parer, c. 1939 Max Dupain

Mirror With A Memory Photographic Portraiture in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2000

This is the first major exhibition to examine photographic portraiture in Australia, from its beginnings in the early 1840s to the present day

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982 John Williams
Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982 John Williams
Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982 John Williams

Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982 John Williams

Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh

John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, terracotta

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey
Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey
Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey

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

King Edward VII, 1910 by George Lambert

Of Kings and men Celebrating 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection

Previous exhibition, 2011

This display celebrates 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection and its role in commissioning portraits of parliamentary and judicial figures in Australia.

Junie Morosi, 1975 Lewis Morley
Junie Morosi, 1975 Lewis Morley
Junie Morosi, 1975 Lewis Morley

Junie Morosi, 1975 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

John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly

John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Visiting the gallery How to get here

Plan your visit

Maps and public transport information for your visit.

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Awesome Achievers Stories from Australians of the Year

Touring exhibition, 2016

Celebrate and be inspired by talent, passion and achievement – and triumph over adversity. This exhibition features major portraits drawn from the National Portrait Gallery collection and supplemented with works from private and institutional sources.

Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek
Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek
Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek

Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC, 1985 Michael Meszaros
Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC, 1985 Michael Meszaros
Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC, 1985 Michael Meszaros

Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC, 1985 Michael Meszaros

Portrait, cast bronze medallion on wood plaque

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Ray Marginson AM 2001

Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder
Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder
Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder

Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Justice Ian Callinan 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans
Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans
Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans

Gloves off (Tom Uren), 1996 Ralph Heimans

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes
Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes
Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Cast 1999 from terracotta donated by Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999

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

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Elizabeth Reid, 1989 Jenny Darling

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Reid 2019

Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore
Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore
Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney, 1963 (printed 2000) David Moore

Patrick White, Castle Hill, Sydney, 1963 (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

Opening of the first Parliament of the Australian Commonwealth, 9th May 1901, 1903 Tom Roberts, Goupil & Cie
Opening of the first Parliament of the Australian Commonwealth, 9th May 1901, 1903 Tom Roberts, Goupil & Cie
Opening of the first Parliament of the Australian Commonwealth, 9th May 1901, 1903 Tom Roberts, Goupil & Cie

Opening of the first Parliament of the Australian Commonwealth, 9th May 1901, 1903 Tom Roberts, Goupil & Cie

Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Penny Amberg and Andrew Bond 2001
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Parking

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Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour on paper

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

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

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

Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain

Ben Chifley, 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

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.

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the career of the eighteenth-century suspected poisoner and portrait artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903 H. Walter Barnett

Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan
Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan
Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan

Naomi Watts, 2003 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Baz Luhrmann, 2005 Ingvar Kenne

Glossy 2 Faces, Magazines, Now

Previous exhibition, 2005

Following the success of Glossy: Faces, Magazines, Now in 1999 the National Portrait Gallery again highlights the huge array of contemporary portraiture in the pages of magazines.

My Favourite Australian

My Favourite Australian

Previous exhibition, 2008

My Favourite Australian is a project developed in collaboration with ABC TV and the people of Australia.

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Head of H.C. Coombs, c. 1972 (cast 2018) Norma Redpath

Portrait, bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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

Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist
Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist
Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist

Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on paperboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Wade and Hannah families 2013

Sydney city (Patrick White and Tom Uren, Hiroshima Day demonstration), 1984

The activist A-list

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow examines a number of figures in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery who were pioneers or substantial supporters of the seminal Australian environmental campaigns of the early 1970s and 1980s.

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Profile of a marriage

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the lives of Sir George Grey and his wife Eliza, the subjects of a pair of wax medallions in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Sir Hartley Williams, c. 1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Sir Hartley Williams, c. 1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Sir Hartley Williams, c. 1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Sir Hartley Williams, c. 1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen silver photograph, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ross and Judy O'Connell 2016

Edith Ellen Williams, c.1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Edith Ellen Williams, c.1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Edith Ellen Williams, c.1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Edith Ellen Williams, c.1871 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen silver photograph, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ross and Judy O'Connell 2016

Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist
Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist
Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist

Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Fred Gruen, 1941 Erwin Fabian
Fred Gruen, 1941 Erwin Fabian
Fred Gruen, 1941 Erwin Fabian

Fred Gruen, 1941 Erwin Fabian

Portrait, gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds donated by Andrew Sayers and from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871 Archibald McDonald

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

"Lao Fei" Stephen FitzGerald, 2003 Dalu Zhao

Recollections of a sinologist sitter

Magazine article by Professor Stephen FitzGerald AO, 2016

Professor Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia’s first Ambassador to China, traces the historical course from sino-australian cultural engagement to a maturing Australian identity.

"Australia" Sir Edmund Barton (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1902 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" Sir Edmund Barton (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1902 Sir Leslie Ward
"Australia" Sir Edmund Barton (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1902 Sir Leslie Ward

"Australia" Sir Edmund Barton (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1902 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 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.

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878) an unknown artist

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Glossy too

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

The Glossy 2 exhibition highlights the integral role magazine photography plays in illustrating and shaping our contemporary culture.

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

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George Rose

Biography

George Rose, founder of the Rose Stereograph Company, grew up in Clunes, Victoria, son of a bootmaker.

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.

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979-1980 by Brett Whiteley

White Whiteley The portrait of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley

Previous exhibition, 2012

Eleven works by Brett Whiteley, centred around his scintillating 'Patrick White at Centennial Park 1979-1980'.

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Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title, 1968 (printed 2008) Mervyn Bishop

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE, 1958 Ivor Hele

A Pioneering Life

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2005

During her time in Australian politics, Dame Nancy Buttfield was an impressive advocate for equality for women and was responsible for ending the marriage bar for women in the Public Service.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

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

Prince William of Wales, by Mario Testino, 2003 publ. September 2003.
Credit: Mario Testino

Vanity Fair Portraits Photographs 1913-2008

Previous exhibition, 2009

Vanity Fair Portraits traces the birth and evolution of photographic portraiture through the archives of Vanity Fair magazine.

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Contact

General content

General contact information for the National Portrait Gallery

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Pawel Strzelecki

Biography

Sir Pawel (Paul) Strzelecki (1797-1873), explorer and scientist, left a partitioned Poland after a thwarted elopement in the early 1820s.

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.

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

Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

My Favourite Australian

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2009

The Australian public was invited in 2008 to vote for their favourite Australian.  After the votes were tallied an exhibition of the top-ten Popular Australians and the top-twenty unsung heroes was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff
J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff
J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff

J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Aimée Viola Horsley, daughter of J.C. Williamson 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

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

Portrait 50 hits the shelves 1 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

With contributions from Julia Gillard, Fiona Gruber, and Dr Karl James, the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th edition of Portrait has something for everyone.

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.

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil with fibre-tipped pen underdrawing on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2002

Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh

Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Bunting in honour of Sir John Bunting and the Menzies Foundation 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Johnson (1873—1948) by Percy Leason

Recognition Percy Leason's Aboriginal Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

Originally conceived as an anthropological record, Percy Leason’s powerful 1934 portraits of Victorian Aboriginal people are today considered to be a highlight of 20th century Australian portraiture

Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton
Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton
Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton

Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist

Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist
Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist
Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist

Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

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

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.

Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE, 1958 Ivor Hele
Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE, 1958 Ivor Hele
Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE, 1958 Ivor Hele

Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE, 1958 Ivor Hele

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield DBE 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

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.

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The champs

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Two lively portrait photographs reflect the agility of their subjects: world champion Australian sportsmen Lionel Rose and Anthony Mundine.

Tim Fairfax, 2018 Russell Shakespeare

Tim Fairfax, 2018 by Russell Shakespeare

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

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.

Our only concern is the void, 2013 video: 12 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award media information 28 August 2013

Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery recently announced the finalists for the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2013.

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.

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.

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.

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon People media information 8 August 2013

Archived media releases 2013

Press releases and images downloads for media.

Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits media information 18 June 2013

Archived media releases 2013

Paul Kelly & The Portraits presents a multifaceted image of the performer over the course of his career.

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

2015-17 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

From 2015 to 2017 the Acquisition Fund was focussed on Reg Richardson AM by Mitch Cairns, a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014, and a great example of minimalist portraiture.

Chance meeting, 1940-41 by Martin Lewis

Nocturnal animals

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

Joanna Gilmour explores the enticing urban shadows cast by artists Martin Lewis and Edward Hopper.

Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

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

A Sydney family, 1840s

The house, the horse, the wife and the offspring

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour writes about the portraiture of the colonial artist William Nicholas.

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

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.

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Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay

Velasquez Touch

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers, explores the creative collaborations between four Australian artists living in Paris during the first years of the twentieth century.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

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Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

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

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

Worth her salt

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Jerrold Nathan's portrait of Jessie Street shows the elegant side of a many-faceted lady.

Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York, May 9, 1901, 1903 by Tom Roberts

Empire records

Magazine article by Kylie Scroope, 2011

Celebrates the centenary of the first national art collection, the Historic Memorials Collection, housed at Australia's Parliament House.

Margaret Anderson, 1942 Napier Waller

The line of fire

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2005

Michelle Fracaro examines the life of World War II nurse Margaret Anderson, whose portrait by Napier Waller is in the NPG collection.

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.

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.

Dr Claire Roberts

References

General content

About the exhibition curator Claire Roberts, and writers Eugene Wang and Zhang Letian.

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 Cutmear sisters, Jane and Lucy, c. 1842

A man of superior attainments

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of a colonial portrait artist, writer and rogue Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

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.

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons

Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Sam and the Perfect World, 2005

The news from Washington

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2006

Australia's former Cultural Attache to the USA, Ron Ramsey, describes the mood at the opening week of the revitalised American National Portrait Gallery.

Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

Everybody's heard about the bird

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Two professionals; Australian surfer Layne Beachley and photographer Petrina Hicks, combine their strengths to achieve a remarkable portrait.

Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon), 1999 Esther Erlich

Desperately seeking Sonia

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2015

Esther Erlich’s portrait of Lady McMahon.

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.

Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)

A new perspective

Magazine article by Celina Fox, 2006

An exhibition devoted to Hans Holbein's English commissions shows the portraitist bringing across the Channel new technical developments in art - with a dazzling facility.

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

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

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, 1997

The Vanity model

Magazine article by David Friend, 2009

Vanity Fair Editor David Friend describes how the rebirth of the magazine sated our desire for access into the lives of celebrities and set the standard for the new era of portrait photography.

Peter Wilmoth, age 12, with copies of Our World 1974 Courtesy of the author

Paper, boy

Magazine article by Peter Wilmoth, 2016

Peter Wilmoth’s boy-journalist toolkit for antagonising an Australian political giant.

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’. 

Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown

The Royal she

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2019

Traversing paint and pixels, Inga Walton examines portraits of select women in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

General Birdwood, the Idol of Anzac, taking a dip in the sea after a hard days work 1915

In the thick of it

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Projecting the splendour of the empire, and the resolve of its subjects, the bust of William Birdwood keeps a stiff upper lip in the National Portrait Gallery.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

Angus Trumble reflects on the force of nature that was Helena Rubinstein.

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.

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.

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 sketch of Nellie Melba, 1902 Hugh Ramsay

Doodles of the Diva

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Three tiny sketches of Dame Nellie Melba in the NPG collection were created by the artist who was to go on to paint the most imposing representation of the singer: Rupert Bunny.

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.

Chevalier d’Eon, 1792

All dressed up

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan asks do clothes make the portrait, and can the same work with a new title fetch a better price?

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.

Studio portrait of servicewoman Lance Corporal Kathleen Jean Mary (Kath) Walker, c.1942

Past present

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2016

Krysia Kitch celebrates Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

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.

Chang the Chinese giant and party, c. 1871 Paterson Brothers

The portrait writ large

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Karen Vickery on Chang the Chinese giant in Australia.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist explores the United Nations stories in the Gallery’s collection.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979–1980

Listomania

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Sarah Engledow describes the fall-out once Brett Whiteley stuck Patrick White’s list of his loves and hates onto his great portrait of the writer.

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.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour accounts for Australia’s deliciously ghoulish nineteenth century criminal portraiture. 

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.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent

A feast of friends

Magazine article by Richard Ormond, 2015

John Singer Sargent: a painter at the vanguard of contemporary movements in music, literature and theatre.

Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock

Secure the shadow ere the substance fade

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

The tragic tale of Tom Wills, the ‘inventor’ of Australian Rules Football.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

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Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

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

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