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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.

Mr Thake - Dr So and So
Mr Thake - Dr So and So
Mr Thake - Dr So and So

Mr Thake - Dr So and So, 1959

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Mr Thake - Dr So and So

Eric Thake

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

The rock and the flies
The rock and the flies
The rock and the flies

The rock and the flies, 1952

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street
Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street
Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street

Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street, 1964

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!
Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!
Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!

Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!, 1962

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Figure in a rocky landscape
Figure in a rocky landscape
Figure in a rocky landscape

Figure in a rocky landscape, 1965

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Peter Van Sommers 2011

Self portrait among the ant hills
Self portrait among the ant hills
Self portrait among the ant hills

Self portrait among the ant hills, 1950

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Peter Van Sommers 2011

Desert Island
Desert Island
Desert Island

Desert Island, 1967

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Peter Van Sommers 2011

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas laid down on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Eric Smith 2019

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith

Eric Smith

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1962

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1950

Eric Westbrook
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Sir Eric Neal, Boral, Westpac
Sir Eric Neal, Boral, Westpac
Sir Eric Neal, Boral, Westpac

Sir Eric Neal, Boral, Westpac,

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Eric Bana
Eric Bana
Eric Bana

Eric Bana, 2006 (printed 2012)

Andrew Maccoll
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2012

Eric Douglas
Eric Douglas
Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas, c. 1929-1931

Frank Hurley OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Sally Douglas 2009

Hendrik Kolenberg
Hendrik Kolenberg
Hendrik Kolenberg

Hendrik Kolenberg, 1995

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Eric Smith 2019

Eric McIllree
Eric McIllree
Eric McIllree

Eric McIllree, 1971

Clifton Pugh AO
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Janice McIllree 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Eric Leo Susman
Eric Leo Susman
Eric Leo Susman

Eric Leo Susman, 1955

Andor Meszaros
Portrait, cast bronze medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Christine Godden 2017

Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta
Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta
Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta

Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta, 1999

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Richard Divall AO OBE 2017

Neville Gruzman
Neville Gruzman
Neville Gruzman

Neville Gruzman, 1968

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe, 1982

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Peter Sculthorpe

Creative space

Magazine article by Eric Smith, 2004

Eric Smith describes the agony and finally the ecstasy of winning the 1982 Archibald Prize with the portrait of Peter Sculthorpe.

Julian Rossi Ashton
Julian Rossi Ashton
Julian Rossi Ashton

Julian Rossi Ashton, 1933

Eric Wilson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Philip Bacon AM 2012

Hendrik Kolenberg and Hector Gilliland in Eric's studio
Hendrik Kolenberg and Hector Gilliland in Eric's studio
Hendrik Kolenberg and Hector Gilliland in Eric's studio

Hendrik Kolenberg and Hector Gilliland in Eric's studio, c. 1993

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Eric Smith 2019

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983

Arthur Horner
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eric Harding and Athol Hawke 2002

Captain Francis de Groot
Captain Francis de Groot
Captain Francis de Groot

Captain Francis de Groot, 1932

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Wayne Quilliam

Wayne Quilliam

Vox pops

The important part about it is is where it was captured. That's the Laura Quinkan Dance Festival, where our remote communities gather every two years to celebrate culture, to share knowledge, and to share stories.

Stephen Murray-Smith
Stephen Murray-Smith
Stephen Murray-Smith

Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980

Fred Williams
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lyn Williams AM 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp, 1980

William Yang
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2003

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993

Rarely Everage

The Lives of Barry Humphries
Previous exhibition, 2002

The exhibition begins with Barry's childhood in Camberwell, Melbourne and chronicles his days as a struggling actor in Australia and England, his creation of characters including Barry McKenzie, Dame Edna Everage, Sandy Stone and Sir Les Patterson

Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp, c. 1974

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1965

Jean Appleton
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of the Estate of Nicolaas van der Waarden 2013

Gladys Moncrieff
Gladys Moncrieff
Gladys Moncrieff

Gladys Moncrieff, 1920s

Ruskin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Douglas 2009

Portrait of Ruth Cracknell as the Sibyl
Portrait of Ruth Cracknell as the Sibyl
Portrait of Ruth Cracknell as the Sibyl

Portrait of Ruth Cracknell as the Sibyl, 1995

Rosemary Valadon
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2000

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-1937

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Olegas Truchanas
Olegas Truchanas
Olegas Truchanas

Olegas Truchanas, 1971

Ralph Hope-Johnstone
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2005

Inner Worlds

Portraits and Psychology
Previous exhibition, 2011

Portraits of Australia’s pioneering psychologists and artworks by artists fascinated by the subconscious mind.

Clive James
Clive James
Clive James

Clive James, 1999

Polly Borland
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2001

Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe

A Celebration
Previous exhibition, 2009

To celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery has created a feature exhibition of portraits and associated biographic material drawn from the National Portrait Gallery and the composer’s personal collection.

Eleanor Dark
Eleanor Dark
Eleanor Dark

Eleanor Dark, c. 1935 (printed 1940)

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Cate Blanchett

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

Ian Thorpe

Collection: Icons

Volume Two
Previous exhibition, 2018

The second instalment of a display featuring bold contemporary portraits drawn from the collection. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp, 1986

Garry Shead
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Paul Kelly

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 with glove

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

Self portrait

Of ice and men

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

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

Sir Ian Potter

Mark Strizic

A Journey in Photography
Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition traces the creative output of nearly 50 years by one of Australia's landmark living photographers.

Barry Humphries

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The biographical exhibition of Barry Humphries was the first display of its kind at the National Portrait Gallery.

Daddy Cool, Melbourne

Now Listen...

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

Artist Tessa Jones recalls creating her portrait of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock singer and music producer, Ross Wilson.

Robert, Lindy, Grant

Face the music

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

Drawn from the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Face the Music explores the remarkable talents and achievements of Australian musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities associated with the music industry.

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Elle Macpherson

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.

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin

Poet of the Fleeting Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

Mark Strizic's work crosses a broad spectrum of photographic fields including urban, industrial, commercial, and architectural photography. 

Rupert Murdoch

Corporate Characters

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

A collection of thirty-seven caricatures by the artist Joe Greenberg capture the heroes and villians of Australian business in the 1980s.

Janice Wakely

Generous Janice

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

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

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

Martin Sharp

Oz and beyond

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Martin Sharp fulfils the Pop art idiom of merging art and life.

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

Barry York charts the course from childhood request to autographed celebrity portrait anthology.

Rock Island Bend. Franklin River, South West Tasmania, 1979 by Peter Dombrovskis

Written in Water

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Olegas Truchanas and Peter Dombrovskis, photographers and conservationists, shared a love of photography and exploring wilderness areas of Tasmania.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Olegas Truchanas

Giving a dam

True south #1
About Face article

Ensconced and meditative in crisp Tasmania, Joanna Gilmour pays tribute to passionate green advocate and photographer Olegas Truchanas.

Geoffrey Graham

The mind's eye

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman takes a trip through the doors of perception, arriving at the junction of surrealism and psychoanalysis.

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.

Self portrait

In good company

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Jean Appleton’s 1965 self portrait makes a fine addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection writes Joanna Gilmour.

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.

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.

Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic

The silent partner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

One half of the team that was Eltham Films left scarcely a trace in the written historical record, but survives in a vivid portrait.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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