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

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

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Max Schubert, 1980 David Simpson

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist
Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist
Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Courtesy of Mr Antony Simpson

Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas
Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas
Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas

Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas

Portrait, pencil and watercolour 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

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

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

Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

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

Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod
Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod
Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod

Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

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

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie

Storied portrait

About Face article

Emily Casey takes in Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages
Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Untitled (Study for 'Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily'), 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

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

Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages

Emily Kame Kngwarreye with Lily, 1993 Jenny Sages

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr. Morris Low 2000

Emily, 1994 Greg Weight
Emily, 1994 Greg Weight
Emily, 1994 Greg Weight

Emily, 1994 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Emily's brush, 1994 Greg Weight
Emily's brush, 1994 Greg Weight
Emily's brush, 1994 Greg Weight

Emily's brush, 1994 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Emily Kngwarreye, 1994 Greg Weight
Emily Kngwarreye, 1994 Greg Weight
Emily Kngwarreye, 1994 Greg Weight

Emily Kngwarreye, 1994 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, 1995 Jenny Sages

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Alan Boxer 2014

True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages

Jenny Sages Paths to Portraiture

Previous exhibition, 2010

The exhibition Sages examines the process of portrait making through four large-scale portraits of women by Jenny Sages, paired with intimate preparatory drawings.

Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist
Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist
Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist

Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist

Portrait, 1/6th plate daguerreotype with applied colour in al brass matt (without original leather case)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

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

William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee, 1921 (printed by Max Dupain 1981) Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain
William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee, 1921 (printed by Max Dupain 1981) Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain
William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee, 1921 (printed by Max Dupain 1981) Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain

William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee, 1921 (printed by Max Dupain 1981) Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph 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

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell
Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell
Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell

Portrait, oil on composition board

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

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Bringing down a kingdom

Lust

The king and the showgirl

William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner
William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner
William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner

William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

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

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.

After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages
After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages
After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages

After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages

Portrait, encaustic, oil and pigment on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence

Powerful Indigenous women

Magazine article by June Oscar AO, 2017

June Oscar AO lauds three iconic Aboriginal figures in the Portrait Gallery collection who have inspired and influenced her.

The cast of the Walls That Talk

Alluring Performance Brings Gallery to Life 5 April 2019

Media

See the Gallery through a different lens and experience the portraits with a unique sensorial performance of movement, voice and live sound.

General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor
General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor
General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor

General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Andrew Cannon and L. Gordon Darling AC CMG 2006

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Mary Newlinds and Sheena Simpson in memory of their father, D.A.S. Campbell, 2014

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

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender

Previous exhibition, 2016

Art by Warwick Baker, Chris Burden, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr explores personal relations, individual expression and fluid identity.

Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

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

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

Carl Cooper, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Portrait Gallery benefits from generous Boxer bequest 8 April 2015

Archived media releases 2015

Canberran and modernist art collector Alan Boxer has generously bequeathed two works by artists Arthur Boyd and Jenny Sages to the National Portrait Gallery.

Each morning when I wake up I put on my mothers face, 2000

Paths to portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

The life and art of Australian artist Jenny Sages is on display in the exhibition Paths to Portraiture.

Escape, 2006 by Eddy Collett

Headspace 7 Me and My Place

Previous exhibition, 2006

Headspace 7: Me and My Place, the seventh in the National Portrait Gallery's series of student exhibitions, will be presented at Commonwealth Place. Me and My Place is the curatorial theme for the 2006 exhibition.

Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911 Rose Stereograph Company
Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911 Rose Stereograph Company
Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911 Rose Stereograph Company

Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911 Rose Stereograph Company

Portrait, stereo view gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft
Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft
Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft

Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft

Portrait, triptych of type C photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co
Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co
Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co

Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Anna Meares, 2018 Narelle Autio

Before hand

Hosting a touring exhibition

How is it done? How do artists capture someone’s presence and personality? What is the nature of this relationship? What does it feel like to be a sitter for a portrait in the national collection?

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Rick Amor 21 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

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

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen photograph on 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

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.

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

General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor

On active service

Magazine article by Sam Bowker, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired an evocative depiction of soldier Peter Cosgrove by the Victorian-based painter, printmaker and sculptor Rick Amor.

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

True Stories - Helen Garner, 2003 Jenny Sages

True Stories

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

The story behind the creation of the portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages.

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

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.

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.

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.

Quong Tart, 1880s

Finest quality

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of Chinese-Australian businessman and philanthropist Quong Tart.

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.

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.

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.

Joan Kirner, c. 1990 Rennie Ellis

Joan Alone

Magazine article by Julia Gillard AC, 2015

Julia Gillard pays poignant tribute to her friend and mentor, the late Joan Kirner, Victoria’s first and only female premier.

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.

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.

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.

Kaloti Parmjit, 2012 by Louise Whelan

Louise Whelan

Finalist interviews
Francis Bacon on Primrose Hill, 1963

Shadows of light

Magazine article by Mark Haworth-Booth, 2002

Mark Haworth-Booth explains why Bill Brandt is one of the most important British photographers of the Twentieth Century.

Dr Peter Farrell, 2001 Salvatore Zofrea OAM

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951 William Dobell

Home and away

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir William Dobell painted the portraits of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and Sir Hudson Fysh, who did much to promote the image of Australia in this country and abroad.

Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999) Matthew Sleeth

For the boys

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2011

The photographs from Matthew Sleeth's tour of duty series look more like advertisements than images of war.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Washington preview

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2005

Ron Ramsey, former Director of Cultural Relations at the Embassy of Australia interviewed NPG Washington Director, Marc Pachter, about their building renovations.

Miss Evelyn Chapman, 1918

Lovers of light

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr Sarah Engledow traces the significant links between Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo and Evelyn Chapman through their portraits.

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.

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.

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940

The incomparable Beaton

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

To accompany the exhibition Cecil Beaton: Portraits, held at the NPG in 2005, this article is drawn from Hugo Vickers's authorised biography, Cecil Beaton (1985).

‘Untitled’ - Yellow Kangaroo Paw, 2008 by Christian Thompson

The 'I' in Indigenous art

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan examines unique styles of Indigenous portraiture that challenge traditional Western concepts of the artform.

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

Lovingly observed

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sarah Engledow previews the beguiling summer exhibition, Idle hours.

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist

Mugshots

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

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.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

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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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.