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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.

Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 Mary Moore
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 Mary Moore
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 Mary Moore

Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003 Mary Moore

Portrait, oil on composition board

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

Dame Mary Gilmore, c. 1938 Lyall Trindall

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

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.

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Set of 129 Royal Christmas Cards and three miscellaneous items, Various an unknown artist

Portrait, offset print (tipped in), letter press (greeting), pen and ink (signature), embossed (royal emblem) on cardboard

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

Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden
Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden
Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden

Waiting for Zipporah (Christine Anu), 2002 Elizabeth Barden

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2002 Polly Borland
HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2002 Polly Borland
HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2002 Polly Borland

HM Queen Elizabeth II, 2002 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist

Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist

Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist

Elizabeth Read (née Archer), c. 1853 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

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Elizabeth Reid, 1989 Jenny Darling

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Reid 2019

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II), 1942-43 Charles Wheeler
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II), 1942-43 Charles Wheeler
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II), 1942-43 Charles Wheeler

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II), 1942-43 Charles Wheeler

Portrait, coloured chalk on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Elizabeth Chong, 2000 Jaime Murcia
Elizabeth Chong, 2000 Jaime Murcia
Elizabeth Chong, 2000 Jaime Murcia

Elizabeth Chong, 2000 Jaime Murcia

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Elizabeth Blackburn, 2011 Hugh Hamilton
Elizabeth Blackburn, 2011 Hugh Hamilton
Elizabeth Blackburn, 2011 Hugh Hamilton

Elizabeth Blackburn, 2011 Hugh Hamilton

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2011

Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter
Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter
Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter

Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter

Portrait, computer generated image, synthetic polymer paint and gel-glitters on polyester canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

The Changing Face of the Scientist

Magazine article by Elizabeth Finlay, 2003

Scientists tend to conjure up images of men in white coats in labs but this is just one stereotype in an evolving history of how we have perceived scientists, and how their profession has been understood over the years.

Lady Loch, c. 1890 Tuttle & Co.
Lady Loch, c. 1890 Tuttle & Co.
Lady Loch, c. 1890 Tuttle & Co.

Lady Loch, c. 1890 Tuttle & Co.

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on card

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

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior
Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior
Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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

Elizabeth Carter, c. 1920 Harold Cazneaux
Elizabeth Carter, c. 1920 Harold Cazneaux
Elizabeth Carter, c. 1920 Harold Cazneaux

Elizabeth Carter, c. 1920 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, sepia toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of FW Macpherson 2010

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

Imagination

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow tells the story of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee portrait by Australian artist Ralph Heimans.

Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Portrait, hand-coloured photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist, William Griffith
Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist, William Griffith
Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist, William Griffith

Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist, William Griffith

Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2012
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2013

Portrait of Mrs Fairfax, n.d. an unknown artist
Portrait of Mrs Fairfax, n.d. an unknown artist
Portrait of Mrs Fairfax, n.d. an unknown artist

Portrait of Mrs Fairfax, n.d. an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), 1943-44 Charles Wheeler
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), 1943-44 Charles Wheeler
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), 1943-44 Charles Wheeler

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), 1943-44 Charles Wheeler

Portrait, coloured chalk on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

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.

Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert
Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert
Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert

Marcie Elizabeth Wilson, 1922 George Lambert

Portrait, pencil on paper

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

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Dame Elizabeth Couchman, n.d. Aileen Dent

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Susan Webster, step-granddaughter 2015

Reputedly Elizabeth Macarthur, 1785-1790 Unknown

The most material advantages

Devotion

A one-in-a-thousand woman

Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist
Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist
Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist

Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

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

Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore
Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore
Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore

Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2006

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

Darling Portrait Prize

Current exhibition

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Portrait, hand-coloured photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker

The National Portrait Gallery Announces Art Handlers’ Award 18 February 2019

Media

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to announce that Perth photographer Elizabeth Looker has won the Art Handlers’ Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2019 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2019 James & Michelle

General content

The Art Handlers' Award for 2019 went to A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker.

William Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist
William Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist
William Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist

William Walford, c. 1873 an unknown artist

Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

Fiona Stanley, 2011 Mary Moore
Fiona Stanley, 2011 Mary Moore
Fiona Stanley, 2011 Mary Moore

Fiona Stanley, 2011 Mary Moore

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2011

Darling Portrait Prize winner announcement video: 10 minutes

Winner announcement “Dancing feet and wild hair...”

General content

We are delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize is Anthea da Silva with her painting of contemporary dancer Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM.

Adrian Rawlins, 1977 David Campbell
Adrian Rawlins, 1977 David Campbell
Adrian Rawlins, 1977 David Campbell

Adrian Rawlins, 1977 David Campbell

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Campbell-MacKenzie on behalf of the family of David Campbell 2012

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

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

Portrait, ambrotype

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

Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox
Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox
Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox

Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

Previous exhibition, 2019

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie
Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie
Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Tim Winton, 2004 Quentin Jones

Tracks in the sand

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses Quentin Jones's photograph of Australian author Tim Winton.

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Portrait, hand-coloured photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham), 1986 Martin van der Wal

Big shots

Magazine article by Djon Mundine OAM, 2017

Djon Mundine OAM brings poignant memory and context to Martin van der Wal’s 1986 portrait photographs of storied Aboriginal artists.

Charles Teo, 2012 Adam Chang

Portrait Allsorts On display in Gallery Seven from 19 October

General content

Offering portraiture in all its flavours: painting, photography, drawing, textiles, printmaking and sculpture, this exhibition is a feast for minds and eyes.

Autumn evenings golden glow, c.1942 by Hilda Rix Nicholas

Paris to Monaro Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas

Previous exhibition, 2013

After successfully exploring the art scenes of London, France and Morocco, Hilda Rix Nicholas settled at Knockalong, a property near Delegate, on the Monaro plain in the 1920s.

Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald
Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald
Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald

Bruce Ruxton, 1995 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Bruno Grollo 1999

Yousuf Karsh by George O'Neill

Karsh Faces of the Twentieth Century

Previous exhibition, 1998

Yousuf Karsh - the most famous portrait photographer in the world - has photographed the statesmen, artists, literary and scientific figures who have defined the 20th century and shaped our lives, In this, his 90th year, the National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of Karsh's photography of 20th century figures.

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)

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

Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain
Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain
Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain

Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts
Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts
Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts

Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on canvas

Courtesy of Dr. J Allsop

Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland

Golden Jubilee

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Polly Borland's photograph of The Queen was commissioned by Buckingham Palace as part of a series of high profile celebrations to mark the Golden Jubilee.

Cate Blanchett, 1998 Sage
Cate Blanchett, 1998 Sage
Cate Blanchett, 1998 Sage

Cate Blanchett, 1998 Sage

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, poly toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

HV (Doc) Evatt, 1935 Arnold Shore
HV (Doc) Evatt, 1935 Arnold Shore
HV (Doc) Evatt, 1935 Arnold Shore

HV (Doc) Evatt, 1935 Arnold Shore

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Evatt and Penelope Seidler 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

The rose, 1927

The World of Thea Proctor

Previous exhibition, 2005

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

Awkward self, 2008 by Jessica Herrington
NYSPP 2008 winner

National Youth Self Portrait Prize NYSPP 2008

Previous exhibition, 2008

At the end of 2007 the National Portrait Gallery launched the inaugural National Youth Self Portrait Prize and artists aged between eighteen and twenty-five were invited to submit self portraits using a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking and traditional or digital photography.

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

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders

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

Sir Saul Samuel, c. 1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Sir Saul Samuel, c. 1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Sir Saul Samuel, c. 1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Sir Saul Samuel, c. 1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Fay Bottrell, 1981 David Campbell
Fay Bottrell, 1981 David Campbell
Fay Bottrell, 1981 David Campbell

Fay Bottrell, 1981 David Campbell

Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Campbell-MacKenzie on behalf of the family of David Campbell 2012

Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Jane Windeyer, n.d. Madame Praeger
Jane Windeyer, n.d. Madame Praeger
Jane Windeyer, n.d. Madame Praeger

Jane Windeyer, n.d. Madame Praeger

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2012

TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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

Cecil Beaton Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

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

Albert and his wife Rubina, Macdonnell Ranges, 1946 Axel Poignant
Albert and his wife Rubina, Macdonnell Ranges, 1946 Axel Poignant
Albert and his wife Rubina, Macdonnell Ranges, 1946 Axel Poignant

Albert and his wife Rubina, Macdonnell Ranges, 1946 Axel Poignant

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

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.

Charles Lloyd Jones Louis Kahan
Charles Lloyd Jones Louis Kahan
Charles Lloyd Jones Louis Kahan

Charles Lloyd Jones, Louis Kahan

Portrait, pen and ink on paper

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

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.

Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat), c. 1913 Hilda Rix Nicholas
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat), c. 1913 Hilda Rix Nicholas
Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat), c. 1913 Hilda Rix Nicholas

Self portrait (Hilda in the Chinoise hat), c. 1913 Hilda Rix Nicholas

Portrait, pastel and coloured pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Bronwyn Wright 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

The first nurse

Magazine article by Tamsin Hong, 2016

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

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Alfred Winter

Biography

Alfred Winter (1837–1911) was a photographer and sketcher active in Melbourne and Hobart in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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George Rose

Biography

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

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

Patrick White, 1980 William Yang

Top of their game Nobel Laureates

General content

Macfarlane Burnet and Patrick White

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005 Jiawei Shen

Australian Princess

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2005

The full-length portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark by artist Jiawei Shen, has become a destination piece for visitors.

George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan
George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan
George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan

George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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.

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Duty bound

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of colonial women Lady Ellen Stirling, Eliza Darling, Lady Eliza Arthur, Elizabeth Macquarie and Lady Jane Franklin.

Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c.1847 an unknown artist
Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c.1847 an unknown artist
Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c.1847 an unknown artist

Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c.1847 an unknown artist

Portrait, pencil, ink and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Portrait of Alec Campbell, 2001-2004 Terry Eichler
Portrait of Alec Campbell, 2001-2004 Terry Eichler
Portrait of Alec Campbell, 2001-2004 Terry Eichler

Portrait of Alec Campbell, 2001-2004 Terry Eichler

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
Bern Emmerichs video: 4 minutes

Bern Emmerichs

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Melbourne
Works: Melbourne

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.

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Portrait of Rolf, 1968 Hayward Veal

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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Self portrait, 1992 Rolf Harris

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

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Rolf Harris, 1999 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

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Rolf Harris, 1989 Rick Amor

Portrait, pencil on paper

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

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

Grow the Portrait Gallery of Australia 9 June 2016

Archived media releases 2016

The Portrait Gallery is calling for contributions to support in the acquisition of superb portraits for the national collection.

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

William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock

William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu
Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu
Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu

Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

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.

John Farnham, 1996 Polly Borland

Glossy - Faces Magazines Now

Previous exhibition, 1999

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

Sir Henry Unton

Icons and imagery

Magazine article by Alison Weir, 2011

Alison Weir explores the National Portrait Gallery, London and the BP Portrait Award to find what makes a good painted portrait - past and present.

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

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.

Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)

Impressions Painting light and life

Previous exhibition, 2011

Impressions: Painting light and life presents portraits by, and of, artists at the heart of Australian impressionism including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.

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Comments from our judges and information about entering the 2017 Prize.

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar
Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar
Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar

Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Michael Kimmelman

Magazine article by Pamela Gray, 2002

Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic of The New York Times and author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere, presented the National Portrait Gallery Third Anniversary Lecture on 2 March 2002. He was generously brought to Australia by the Gordon Darling Foundation and Qantas.

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere
Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere
Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

Caroline Jones, 1978 David Campbell
Caroline Jones, 1978 David Campbell
Caroline Jones, 1978 David Campbell

Caroline Jones, 1978 David Campbell

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Campbell-MacKenzie on behalf of the family of David Campbell 2012

Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist

Little treasures

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2002

The acquisition of the ivory miniatures of Mortimer and Mrs Lewis.

Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize 14 November 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy

The People’s Choice Awards 16 June 2020

Media

The votes have been counted, and the winners of the National Portrait Gallery’s People’s Choice Awards for the Prize exhibitions are...

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.

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.

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.

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

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.

Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

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.

Portrait of Mary MacKillop c 1873

The Saint and the merchant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Emanuel Solomon gave shelter to the Sisters of St Joseph upon the excommunication of St Mary MacKillop.

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

A quiet moment

Magazine article by Helene Ladomirska, 2006

As Bryan Westwood’s portrait of Brian Dunlop hangs adjacent to Brian Dunlop’s portrait of the philanthropist Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, we see the artist of one work as the subject of the other. 

Madame du Barry, 1791 by Richard Cosway

Little women

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

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

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

Greta In Her Kitchen, 36 weeks, 2018 by Alana Holmberg

Winner announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 22 February 2019

Media

From an outstanding field of more than 3,000 entries, culminating in a shortlist of 39 exceptional finalists, the Winner and Highly Commended entries for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize have been named.

Caroline Amelia Elizabeth
of Brunswick, 1804

Around the grounds

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2010

Anne Sanders writes about the exhibitions Victoria & Albert: Art & Love on display at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the retrospective of Sir Thomas Lawrence at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Elizabeth (Murray) 2000

Extremely generous and incredibly close

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the daguerreotype portraits created by American artist Chuck Close.

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas

Spikes: then and now

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

As part of its ongoing program of commissions of portraits of prominent Australians, the National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson by South Australian artist Avril Thomas.

The Rajah quilt, 1841 by Kezia Hayter

Material culture

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The Rajah Quilt’s narrative promptings are as intriguing as the textile is intricate.

Pat Mackie, 2004 Nancy Borlase

Blue Collar Icon

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr Sarah Engledow delves into the life of union leader Pat Mackie who is depicted in a portrait by Nancy Borlase AM.

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.

Elizabeth, 2019 Anthea da Silva

The National Portrait Prizes
29 January 2020

Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

Sandor Ferenczis 50th birthday dinner, Budapest, 1923

Less than six degrees of separation

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2011

Anne Sanders finds connections in Inner Worlds between Hungarian expatriates and the development of psychoanalysis in Australia.

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.

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.

JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

Magazine article by Sandy Nairne, 2006

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

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David

The intellectual larrikin

Magazine article by Barrie Cassidy, 2019

Barrie Cassidy pays textured tribute to the inimitable Bob Hawke.

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.

Cormac + Callum Kenne, My Children, Sydney, Australia, 2009

Citizen Kenne

Magazine article by April Thompson, 2013

April Thompson explores an exhibition of Ingvar Kenne’s global portrait project.

David Chalmers, 2011 Nick Mourtzakis

Coming into being NPPP 2018 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2018 Prize.

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

ORA - Homesickness Project 2015 by Chrys Zantis

Food for thought

Magazine article by Michael Wardell, 2016

Michael Wardell on Chrys Zantis’ Ora.

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

You beauty

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the fact and fictions surrounding the legendary life of Irish-born dancer Lola Montez.

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Anatomist's eye

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2016

Robert Hannaford has completed around 400 portraits over the span of his career. 

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Honour board
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

A woman of New South Wales, c. 1840

More cash than dash

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes how colonial portraitists found the perfect market among social status seeking Sydneysiders.

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’. 

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.

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

Vanity fair

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2012

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

Lucy, 2001

Technical terminology

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond introduces some of the ideas behind the exhibition Present Tense: An imagined grammar of portraiture in the digital age.

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.

Janice Wakely, 1959 Helmut Newton

Generous Janice

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow puts four gifts to the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection in context.

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.

Kevin Rudd

An Australian story

Magazine article by Hon. Kevin Rudd, 2009

In his speech launching the new National Portrait Gallery building on 3 December 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set the Gallery in a national and historical context.

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.

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Tony Bilson, c. 2005 George Fetting

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Confessional conversations The portraiture of Kristin Headlam

Magazine article by Fiona Gruber, 2015

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

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History

About us

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

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.

Adrian Rawlins, 1977 David Campbell

Earth to earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses the recent gift of works by David Campbell.

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.

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. 

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

NPPP 2016 exhibition essay

General content

Penny Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2016 Prize.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley

Presence and absence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The art of Australia’s colonial women painters affords us an invaluable, alternative perspective on the nascent nation-building project.

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts

An actress and her fans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr. Sarah Engledow discovers the amazing life of Ms. Hilda Spong, little remembered star of the stage, who was captured in a portrait by Tom Roberts.

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

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation Lecture, 28 May 2011

General content

Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

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