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Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 Francis Wheatley, W Sherwin

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley
Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley

Arthur Phillip Esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in & over the territory of New South Wales, 1789 W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford
MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford
MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

Portrait, brush and ink, pen and ink, stencil cut-out with watercolour highlights

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Nancy Wiseman 2007

Francis Lymburner, c. 1946 Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, c. 1946 Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, c. 1946 Max Dupain

Francis Lymburner, c. 1946 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Francis (Pat) Quinn, n.d. Max Dupain
Francis (Pat) Quinn, n.d. Max Dupain
Francis (Pat) Quinn, n.d. Max Dupain

Francis (Pat) Quinn, n.d. Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain

Francis Lymburner, 1941 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

Ron Tandberg, 1995 Francis Reiss
Ron Tandberg, 1995 Francis Reiss
Ron Tandberg, 1995 Francis Reiss

Ron Tandberg, 1995 Francis Reiss

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Ron Castan, 1996 Francis Reiss
Ron Castan, 1996 Francis Reiss
Ron Castan, 1996 Francis Reiss

Ron Castan, 1996 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond
Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond
Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond

Portrait, copperplate engraving on buff paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Francis Houssemayne de Boulay, (n.d.) J Fisher
Francis Houssemayne de Boulay, (n.d.) J Fisher
Francis Houssemayne de Boulay, (n.d.) J Fisher

Francis Houssemayne de Boulay, (n.d.) J Fisher

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Leigh Hobbs, 1993 Francis Reiss
Leigh Hobbs, 1993 Francis Reiss
Leigh Hobbs, 1993 Francis Reiss

Leigh Hobbs, 1993 Francis Reiss

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Vane Lindesay, 1993 Francis Reiss
Vane Lindesay, 1993 Francis Reiss
Vane Lindesay, 1993 Francis Reiss

Vane Lindesay, 1993 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Morris Lurie, 1994 Francis Reiss
Morris Lurie, 1994 Francis Reiss
Morris Lurie, 1994 Francis Reiss

Morris Lurie, 1994 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Alan Sumner, 1993 Francis Reiss
Alan Sumner, 1993 Francis Reiss
Alan Sumner, 1993 Francis Reiss

Alan Sumner, 1993 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss
Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss
Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss

Ursula Hoff, 1994 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond

Sketches and sermons

Magazine article by Jessica Smith, 2009

Jessica Smith looks at the 'fetching' portrait of Tasmania's first Anglican Bishop, Francis Russell Nixon by George Richmond

Frank Beaurepaire, n.d. John Frith
Frank Beaurepaire, n.d. John Frith
Frank Beaurepaire, n.d. John Frith

Frank Beaurepaire, n.d. John Frith

Portrait, cast printer's metal

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Frith family 2013

A Chief Secretary "Blunt, but Honest" [The Hon. James Goodall Francis], 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Chief Secretary "Blunt, but Honest" [The Hon. James Goodall Francis], 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Chief Secretary "Blunt, but Honest" [The Hon. James Goodall Francis], 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Chief Secretary "Blunt, but Honest" [The Hon. James Goodall Francis], 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Shorty Robertson, 2003 Francis Reiss
Shorty Robertson, 2003 Francis Reiss
Shorty Robertson, 2003 Francis Reiss

Shorty Robertson, 2003 Francis Reiss

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Paddy's lunch: Paddy Stewart at Yuendumu, 2003 Francis Reiss
Paddy's lunch: Paddy Stewart at Yuendumu, 2003 Francis Reiss
Paddy's lunch: Paddy Stewart at Yuendumu, 2003 Francis Reiss

Paddy's lunch: Paddy Stewart at Yuendumu, 2003 Francis Reiss

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2007

Mike Brown and Liz Land in Kitchen, 1993 Francis Reiss
Mike Brown and Liz Land in Kitchen, 1993 Francis Reiss
Mike Brown and Liz Land in Kitchen, 1993 Francis Reiss

Mike Brown and Liz Land in Kitchen, 1993 Francis Reiss

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Portrait of Paddy Japaljarrii Stewart, 2004 Francis Reiss
Portrait of Paddy Japaljarrii Stewart, 2004 Francis Reiss
Portrait of Paddy Japaljarrii Stewart, 2004 Francis Reiss

Portrait of Paddy Japaljarrii Stewart, 2004 Francis Reiss

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Frank Beaurepaire, c. 1924 Bain News Service
Frank Beaurepaire, c. 1924 Bain News Service
Frank Beaurepaire, c. 1924 Bain News Service

Frank Beaurepaire, c. 1924 Bain News Service

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Cardinal Moran, 1886-88 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Cardinal Moran, 1886-88 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Cardinal Moran, 1886-88 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Cardinal Moran, 1886-88 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Captain Francis de Groot, 1932 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Francis Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist
Francis Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist
Francis Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist

Francis Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Freer Tuckfield family 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

All there in black and white

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery acquired a beguiling silhouette group portrait by Samuel Metford, an English artist who spent periods of his working life in America.

The Rt Rev Barbara Darling, 2008 Francis Reiss and June Orford
The Rt Rev Barbara Darling, 2008 Francis Reiss and June Orford
The Rt Rev Barbara Darling, 2008 Francis Reiss and June Orford

The Rt Rev Barbara Darling, 2008 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin
Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin
Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin

Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook), 1787 - 1788 John Cleveley, Francis Jukes
View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook), 1787 - 1788 John Cleveley, Francis Jukes
View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook), 1787 - 1788 John Cleveley, Francis Jukes

View of Owhyhee in the Sandwich Islands in the south Seas (The Death of Cook), 1787 - 1788 John Cleveley, Francis Jukes

Portrait, aquatint, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney, c.1886 H.B. Hall's Sons, Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co after William Macleod
Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney, c.1886 H.B. Hall's Sons, Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co after William Macleod
Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney, c.1886 H.B. Hall's Sons, Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co after William Macleod

Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney, c.1886 H.B. Hall's Sons, Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co after William Macleod

Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon
Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon
Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon

Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s) Francis Nixon

Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford
Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford
Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Francis Reiss 2009

Tony and Maureen Wheeler, 2005 Francis Reiss and June Orford
Tony and Maureen Wheeler, 2005 Francis Reiss and June Orford
Tony and Maureen Wheeler, 2005 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Tony and Maureen Wheeler, 2005 Francis Reiss and June Orford

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP, c.1850 Francis Holl after Henry William Pickersgill
The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP, c.1850 Francis Holl after Henry William Pickersgill
The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP, c.1850 Francis Holl after Henry William Pickersgill

The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP, c.1850 Francis Holl after Henry William Pickersgill

Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009 Francis Reiss and June Orford, Tim Ainsworth
The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009 Francis Reiss and June Orford, Tim Ainsworth
The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009 Francis Reiss and June Orford, Tim Ainsworth

The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009 Francis Reiss and June Orford, Tim Ainsworth

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia, 1881 Solomon Studios
Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia, 1881 Solomon Studios
Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia, 1881 Solomon Studios

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia, 1881 Solomon Studios

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman', c. 1869 John Davis
William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman', c. 1869 John Davis
William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman', c. 1869 John Davis

William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman', c. 1869 John Davis

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Frank Iredale (Francis Adams Iredale, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

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

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

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

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

Pictorial profiles of hearth and home

Nearest & Dearest

Keep it in the family

Portrait 37 September - November 2010

Magazine

This issue features Jenny Sages, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, Brook Andrew's portrait of Marcia Langton, Nicholas Harding, Lola Montez, Mick Molloy and more.

Angus Trumble National Portrait Gallery Director

National Portrait Gallery Director announced 20 December 2013

Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes Angus Trumble

Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre), c. 1930 Jean Shepeard
Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre), c. 1930 Jean Shepeard
Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre), c. 1930 Jean Shepeard

Roi de Mestre (Roy de Maistre), c. 1930 Jean Shepeard

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund for 2012 was dedicated to purchasing a portrait of David Malouf by Rick Amor.

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.

London, 1952 by Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt A Retrospective

Previous exhibition, 2002

From Brandt's early work that documents fixed social contrasts of pre-World War II life in Britain to his later experimentation with a surreal style, this exhibition spans 50 years of Brandt's far reaching career in an extensive assemblage of 155 vintage gelatin silver prints from the Bill Brandt Archive in London.

Roy de Mastre, c. 1930

An Intimate Portrait of an Australian Artist in 1930

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

Lauren Dalla examines the life of Australian painter Roy de Maistre and his portrait by Jean Shepeard.

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

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

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

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald A Walker 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Brett Whiteley, 1974 Lewis Morley
Brett Whiteley, 1974 Lewis Morley
Brett Whiteley, 1974 Lewis Morley

Brett Whiteley, 1974 Lewis Morley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Sarah Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist
Sarah Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist
Sarah Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist

Sarah Tuckfield, c. 1854 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Freer Tuckfield family 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie
The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie
The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie

The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889 Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie

Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Brett Whiteley - portrait 2, 1975 Greg Weight
Brett Whiteley - portrait 2, 1975 Greg Weight
Brett Whiteley - portrait 2, 1975 Greg Weight

Brett Whiteley - portrait 2, 1975 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

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

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

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tim Clark 2018

Decorative portrait – Len Lye, c.1925 by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937)

Presence and Absence Portrait Sculpture in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2003

This exhibition focuses on exploring national and communal identity through sculptural production in Australia, from the early decades of settlement through to the present day

Study for self-portrait, 1963

Inside outside

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond explores the portraiture of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight
Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight
Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight

Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010 Greg Weight

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray
Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray
Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray

Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray

Portrait, oil and egg tempera on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay

Headspace 3 Being Me

Previous exhibition, 2002

The self-portrait enables students to explore emerging and changing aspects of their own identity, their sense of self, their place in the world, their experience of being human

Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich
Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich

Paul Capsis, 2004 Esther Erlich

Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017

Checkered Past, 2003 by Alex Epoff

Headspace 4 Facing Memory

Previous exhibition, 2003

Facing Memory: Headspace 4 provides us with valuable insights into the thoughts, creative processes and art-making practices of secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 from sixty-two schools in the Australian Capital Territory, regional New South Wales and Victoria

Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang

POL Portrait of a Generation

Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard

Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard

Portrait, aquatint with stipple and etching and engraving, hand-coloured on chine colle on paper laid down on cotton stretched over wooden strainer

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Barry Humphries, 1962 Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley Myself and Eye

Previous exhibition, 2003

Lewis Morley has a great eye for a shot and a sharp ear for a pun

Brett Whiteley - portrait 1, 1975 Greg Weight
Brett Whiteley - portrait 1, 1975 Greg Weight
Brett Whiteley - portrait 1, 1975 Greg Weight

Brett Whiteley - portrait 1, 1975 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

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.

The Demon Bowler"  Frederick Robert Spofforth (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1878 Sir Leslie Ward
The Demon Bowler"  Frederick Robert Spofforth (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1878 Sir Leslie Ward
The Demon Bowler"  Frederick Robert Spofforth (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1878 Sir Leslie Ward

The Demon Bowler" Frederick Robert Spofforth (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1878 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

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.

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.

Captain James Cook, 1837 Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Fisher, Son & Co London

Rethinking foundational histories

Magazine article by Kate Fullagar, 2019

A focus on Indigenous-European relationships underpins Facing New Worlds. By Kate Fullagar.

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Clifton Pugh Australians

Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

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.

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 Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio, 2011 by John McRae

John McRae

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

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.

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.

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

My dream job

Magazine article by David Thomas, 2012

Artist David M Thomas lists some of the ideas and influences behind his video portraits.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Whether the result of misadventure or misdemeanour, many accomplished artists were transported to Australia where they ultimately left a positive mark on the history of art in this country.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan investigates auction sales of self portraits nationally and internationally.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Mary Ann Lawrence, 1841

Fits of delicacy and despair

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Henry Mundy's portraits flesh out notions of propriety and good taste in a convict colony.

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

A new perspective

Magazine article by Celina Fox, 2006

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

Facing Australia, Composite portrait: Facing St Lucia, 2003

Conflicting images

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

Michael Desmond reveals the origins of composite portraits and their evolution in the pursuit of the ideal.

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain

Vintage Max

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2003

Gael Newton delves into the life and art of renowned Australian photographer, Max Dupain.

Self portrait, 1909 Bess Norriss Tait

Small worlds

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Bess Norriss Tait created miniature watercolour portraits full of character and life.

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

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

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

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

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.

Rehearsing Godot (Mullins as Lucky) 4.11.2013 by Nicholas Harding

Waiting for Godot

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

'Artist and actors, advancing spasmodically, find their rhythm together' writes Sarah Engledow.

Ms Anna Burke MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives 2015 by Jude Rae

Hired guns, bounty hunters and horse whisperers

Magazine article by Jude Rae, 2016

Jude Rae contemplates the portrait commission.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2015

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain

Dupain detective

Magazine article by Johanna McMahon, 2019

Johanna McMahon revels in history and mystery in pursuit of a suite of unknown portrait subjects.

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot, c. 1870 an unknown artist

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

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.

Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley

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.

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).

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.

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.

Beach life (dog), 2006 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Over the years the young Nicholas Harding got his hands on various mice and guinea pigs, but they served mainly to illustrate the concept of mortality. 

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

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.

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Sarah Engledow ponders the divergent legacies of Messrs Kendall and Lawson.

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