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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.

Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Fanny Jane Marlay
Fanny Jane Marlay
Fanny Jane Marlay

Fanny Jane Marlay, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Purchased 2013

Millicent Preston Stanley Vaughan
Millicent Preston Stanley Vaughan
Millicent Preston Stanley Vaughan

Millicent Preston Stanley Vaughan, c. 1945

Noel Rubie
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Judi Preston-Stanley 2013

Fanny Jane Marlay

All at sea

Devotion

Tiny token, big love

Frances (Fanny) Cato
Frances (Fanny) Cato
Frances (Fanny) Cato

Frances (Fanny) Cato, 1933

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift in memory of Frederick John Cato Kumm 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Captain John Lort Stokes
Captain John Lort Stokes
Captain John Lort Stokes

Captain John Lort Stokes, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Frances Saville
Frances Saville
Frances Saville

Frances Saville, 1903

Reutlinger Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Frances Alda
Frances Alda
Frances Alda

Frances Alda, 1912

Herman Mishkin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2007

Frances Alda
Frances Alda
Frances Alda

Frances Alda, 1918

Herman Mishkin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2006

Frances Alda

Bewitching

Magazine article by Roger Neill, 2006

Roger Neill delves into the life of a lesser-known Australian diva, Frances Alda.

Self portrait

Profile of a marriage

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

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

Karl Robert, Count Nesselrode, 1818 by Sir Thomas Lawrence

The Lawrence lustre

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2019

Angus Trumble salutes the glorious portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence.

Isabel Letham, Bilgola Beach, c. 1916

Like wow

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of female Australian surfing legend Isabel Letham.

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.

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

Lady Barkly

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.

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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