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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.

J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff
J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff
J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff

J.C. Williamson, c. 1913 John Longstaff

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Aimée Viola Horsley, daughter of J.C. Williamson 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist
Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist
Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist

Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Diane Williamson and Marion Foote 2013

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) Gordon Glenn
David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) Gordon Glenn
David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) Gordon Glenn

David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) Gordon Glenn

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

David Williamson, late 1970's Louis Kahan
David Williamson, late 1970's Louis Kahan
David Williamson, late 1970's Louis Kahan

David Williamson, late 1970's 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

David Williamson, 2012 Dave Tacon
David Williamson, 2012 Dave Tacon
David Williamson, 2012 Dave Tacon

David Williamson, 2012 Dave Tacon

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The Vivisector - David Williamson, 2017 Danelle Bergstrom
The Vivisector - David Williamson, 2017 Danelle Bergstrom
The Vivisector - David Williamson, 2017 Danelle Bergstrom

The Vivisector - David Williamson, 2017 Danelle Bergstrom

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Williamson, Springbrook, Qld, 2004 John Elliott
John Williamson, Springbrook, Qld, 2004 John Elliott
John Williamson, Springbrook, Qld, 2004 John Elliott

John Williamson, Springbrook, Qld, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

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James Freeman

Biography

James Freeman, who is credited with bringing the wet-plate photographic process to New South Wales, arrived in Sydney in 1854 to join his brother William, who had arrived the year before.

Study for "Portrait of the artist as an evolving landscape", 1991 James Gleeson
Study for "Portrait of the artist as an evolving landscape", 1991 James Gleeson
Study for "Portrait of the artist as an evolving landscape", 1991 James Gleeson

Study for "Portrait of the artist as an evolving landscape", 1991 James Gleeson

Portrait, pencil, charcoal and paper collage on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ray Wilson OAM in memory of James Agapitos OAM 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Geo Face Distributor, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor, 2009 James Angus
Geo Face Distributor, 2009 James Angus

Geo Face Distributor, 2009 James Angus

Portrait, enamel paint on cast aluminium

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds donated by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

Portrait of Private Edward Lello 1915 by Darge Photographic Company

Final frame

Magazine article by Karl James, 2016

Karl James reflects on soldier portraiture during the Great War.

James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal
James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal
James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal

James Iyuna, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts
James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts
James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts

James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain
Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain
Sir James Vernon, 1978 Max Dupain

Sir James Vernon, 1978 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

Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring
Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring
Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring

Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax, 1929 W.A. Bowring

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston
Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston
Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston
Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston
Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Hell's mouth, 2019 Cam Neville

Facing the inferno

About Face article

Tara James speaks to Cam Neville about his portrait series, Firefighters.

Sir James Reading Fairfax, 1898 Tom Roberts
Sir James Reading Fairfax, 1898 Tom Roberts
Sir James Reading Fairfax, 1898 Tom Roberts

Sir James Reading Fairfax, 1898 Tom Roberts

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

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood
James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood
James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

James Robert Millar Robertson, 1926 W.A. Bowring
James Robert Millar Robertson, 1926 W.A. Bowring
James Robert Millar Robertson, 1926 W.A. Bowring

James Robert Millar Robertson, 1926 W.A. Bowring

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the descendants of James Robert Millar Robertson 2011

James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994 Kerrie Lester
James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994 Kerrie Lester
James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994 Kerrie Lester

James Morrison with flugelhorn, 1994 Kerrie Lester

Portrait, oil and hand-stitching on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999
Courtesy of the Corrigan family and Stuart Purves

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2004

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey
James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004) Wesley Stacey

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2004

Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland
Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland

Clive James, 1999 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Reverend James Buller, 1864 Batchelder & O'Neill
Reverend James Buller, 1864 Batchelder & O'Neill
Reverend James Buller, 1864 Batchelder & O'Neill

Reverend James Buller, 1864 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald
Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald
Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald

Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mercy Health and Aged Care 2006

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse
Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse
Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

'A Postmaster General'  (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward
'A Postmaster General'  (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward
'A Postmaster General'  (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward

'A Postmaster General' (Sir James Fergusson) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase
James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase
James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase

James McClelland, 1946 Nancy Borlase

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gillian Appleton (McClelland) 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s Paterson Brothers
James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s Paterson Brothers
James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s Paterson Brothers

James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s Paterson Brothers

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

James Swan, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
James Swan, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
James Swan, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

James Swan, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

James Macarthur, c.1836-8 an unknown artist
James Macarthur, c.1836-8 an unknown artist
James Macarthur, c.1836-8 an unknown artist

James Macarthur, c.1836-8 an unknown artist

Portrait, black and bronze ink with white bodycolour highlight on buff board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie
Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie
Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie

Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie
Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie
Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie

Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson
James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson
James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson

James Gleeson, 1974 (printed 2014) Douglas Thompson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

James Gleeson, 1995 Greg Weight
James Gleeson, 1995 Greg Weight
James Gleeson, 1995 Greg Weight

James Gleeson, 1995 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

Major James Semple-Lisle, c. 1799 J. Harding
Major James Semple-Lisle, c. 1799 J. Harding
Major James Semple-Lisle, c. 1799 J. Harding

Major James Semple-Lisle, c. 1799 J. Harding

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 James Horan
Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 James Horan
Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 James Horan

Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017 James Horan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2019

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991 Bryan Westwood

The Fairfax Gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This article examines the portraits gifted to the National Portrait Gallery by Fairfax Holdings in 2003.

The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray
The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray
The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray

The great South Sea caterpillar transformed into a Bath Butterfly (Sir Joseph Banks), 1795 (printed 1851) James Gillray

Portrait, etching, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Douglas Stewart Fine Books 2013

Geo Face Distributor, 2009 James Angus

Abstraction and figuration

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

James Angus discusses his major sculpture commission Geo Face Distributor with Christopher Chapman.

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray
Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

George Langley, 1918 James McBey
George Langley, 1918 James McBey
George Langley, 1918 James McBey

George Langley, 1918 James McBey

Portrait, conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pat Lesslie née Langley, in memory of George Langley and Rob Lesslie 2015

Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside
Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside
Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside

Therese Desmond, 1919-20 James Burnside

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Madeleine Howell 2013

Captain Wilson, 1819 Freeman, T Hamilton
Captain Wilson, 1819 Freeman, T Hamilton
Captain Wilson, 1819 Freeman, T Hamilton

Captain Wilson, 1819 Freeman, T Hamilton

Portrait, Engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Captain James King, engraving after Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

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

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley
Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley
Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley

Portrait, white on blue Jasper Ware in oval shaped wood and gilt frame

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi
Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Captain James Cook, engraving after John Webber, 1784 Francesco Bartolozzi

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

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Sir James Forrest, 1978 William Boissevain

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alcoa World Alumina Australia 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd
Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd
Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd

Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

A Politician "Unlock the Lands!" [The Hon. James MacPhearson Grant] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Politician "Unlock the Lands!" [The Hon. James MacPhearson Grant] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Politician "Unlock the Lands!" [The Hon. James MacPhearson Grant] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Politician "Unlock the Lands!" [The Hon. James MacPhearson Grant] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Archbishop James Goold, c. 1870 Archibald McDonald
Archbishop James Goold, c. 1870 Archibald McDonald
Archbishop James Goold, c. 1870 Archibald McDonald

Archbishop James Goold, c. 1870 Archibald McDonald

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber
Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000 by the Commonwealth Government with the generous assistance of Robert Oatley AO and John Schaeffer AO

The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman
The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman
The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman

The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman

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

The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c. 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c. 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c. 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c. 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son
Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son
Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son

Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Archbishop James Knox Louis Kahan
Archbishop James Knox Louis Kahan
Archbishop James Knox Louis Kahan

Archbishop James Knox, Louis Kahan

Portrait, pencil and gouache on paper

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

Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck
Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck
Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck

Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

The Royal Society medal in commemoration of Captain James Cook, 1784 Lewis Pingo
The Royal Society medal in commemoration of Captain James Cook, 1784 Lewis Pingo
The Royal Society medal in commemoration of Captain James Cook, 1784 Lewis Pingo

The Royal Society medal in commemoration of Captain James Cook, 1784 Lewis Pingo

Portrait, silver medal

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

A Right Worshipful. "He objects to Ladies" [James Gatehouse, Mayor of Melbourne, 1874-1875] from the series "Masks and Faces" Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Right Worshipful. "He objects to Ladies" [James Gatehouse, Mayor of Melbourne, 1874-1875] from the series "Masks and Faces" Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Right Worshipful. "He objects to Ladies" [James Gatehouse, Mayor of Melbourne, 1874-1875] from the series "Masks and Faces" Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Right Worshipful. "He objects to Ladies" [James Gatehouse, Mayor of Melbourne, 1874-1875] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Nick Farr-Jones, 2019 James Brickwood
Nick Farr-Jones, 2019 James Brickwood
Nick Farr-Jones, 2019 James Brickwood

Nick Farr-Jones, 2019 James Brickwood

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2019

A Collins Street Surgeon "Patients and Diamonds" [Dr Beaney F.R.C.S.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Collins Street Surgeon "Patients and Diamonds" [Dr Beaney F.R.C.S.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Collins Street Surgeon "Patients and Diamonds" [Dr Beaney F.R.C.S.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Collins Street Surgeon "Patients and Diamonds" [Dr Beaney F.R.C.S.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

The hand of Captain Cook Google Arts and Culture

Learning resources

A fine portrait with a hidden message

Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall
Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall
Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall

Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall

Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Captain James Cook portrait story video: 2 minutes

Captain Cook 'The photojournalists of their time'

Portrait story

An exploration of the role of artists such as John Webber who, whilst a member of Cook’s crew over many voyages, created paintings and drawings of the situations and people the explorers encountered.

Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley
Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley
Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley

Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gareth Mawson Thomas and Pamela Karran-Thomas of the Mawson family 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres, c. 1778 Robert Bénard
Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres, c. 1778 Robert Bénard
Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres, c. 1778 Robert Bénard

Le Cap.ne Jacques Cook, Membre de la Société Royale des Londres, c. 1778 Robert Bénard

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

A Victorian Knight "Thrice Chief Secretary" [Sir James McCulloch K.C.M.G.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Victorian Knight "Thrice Chief Secretary" [Sir James McCulloch K.C.M.G.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Victorian Knight "Thrice Chief Secretary" [Sir James McCulloch K.C.M.G.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Victorian Knight "Thrice Chief Secretary" [Sir James McCulloch K.C.M.G.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

James Horatio Nelson Cassell, late 1840's to early 1850's an unknown artist
James Horatio Nelson Cassell, late 1840's to early 1850's an unknown artist
James Horatio Nelson Cassell, late 1840's to early 1850's an unknown artist

James Horatio Nelson Cassell, late 1840's to early 1850's an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Betty Churcher on Captain Cook video: 3 minutes

'The portraits of Captain Cook' An interview with Betty Churcher

Portrait story

Betty Churcher describes the creation of the portrait of Captain James Cook in the National Portrait Gallery.

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie, 1887 Frederick Woodhouse

Sure thing

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie 1887 by Frederick Woodhouse Snr. is a portrait of James Scobie, well known jockey and eminent horse trainer.

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

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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.

John Monash, 1919 James Quinn
John Monash, 1919 James Quinn
John Monash, 1919 James Quinn

John Monash, 1919 James Quinn

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Colin Monash Bennett 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales, 1839 G E. Madeley after John Lhotsky
Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales, 1839 G E. Madeley after John Lhotsky
Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales, 1839 G E. Madeley after John Lhotsky

Captain Cook's Tablet at Cape Solander, Botany Bay, New South Wales, 1839 G E. Madeley after John Lhotsky

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

John Hawkesworth LLD, c.1850  (originally 1776) James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds
John Hawkesworth LLD, c.1850  (originally 1776) James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds
John Hawkesworth LLD, c.1850  (originally 1776) James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds

John Hawkesworth LLD, c.1850 (originally 1776) James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Cook in context

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Robert Oatley's continuing benefaction has helped the National Portrait Gallery acquire works that add another layer to the story of Captain Cook.

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

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Capturing Cook

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2003

In focussing on the importance of gifts in the building of the collection, prominence must be given to the most spectacular of the National Portrait Gallery's acquisitions; the portrait of Captain James Cook RN by John Webber R.A.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Thrown together

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Shipmates for years, James Cook and Joseph Banks each kept a journal but neither man shed light on their relationship.

Jean Francois de Galaup de la Perouse, Commodore in the French Navy, 1798 James Heath, G G & J Robinson
Jean Francois de Galaup de la Perouse, Commodore in the French Navy, 1798 James Heath, G G & J Robinson
Jean Francois de Galaup de la Perouse, Commodore in the French Navy, 1798 James Heath, G G & J Robinson

Jean Francois de Galaup de la Perouse, Commodore in the French Navy, 1798 James Heath, G G & J Robinson

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

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

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

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne
The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne
The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784 John Webber, Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

Cook, n.d. Antoine Maurin, an unknown artist
Cook, n.d. Antoine Maurin, an unknown artist
Cook, n.d. Antoine Maurin, an unknown artist

Cook, n.d. Antoine Maurin, an unknown artist

Portrait, engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837 Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837 Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837 Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837 Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2012

Radical Restraint  
Justice Michael Kirby, 1998 Ralph Heimans

Judicial portraits

Magazine article by Leslie Moran, 2007

Leslie Moran investigates the portraits of judges in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Theresa and James Laidley Mort, 1844 William Nicholas
Theresa and James Laidley Mort, 1844 William Nicholas
Theresa and James Laidley Mort, 1844 William Nicholas

Theresa and James Laidley Mort, 1844 William Nicholas

Portrait, watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Mort family 2009

James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist
James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist
James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist

James Raymond, c. 1845-50 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lydia Raymond Day 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook
Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook
Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook

Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist
Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist
Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist

Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour and gouache on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist

Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist

Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Charles Windeyer aged six, 1840 an unknown artist
William Charles Windeyer aged six, 1840 an unknown artist
William Charles Windeyer aged six, 1840 an unknown artist

William Charles Windeyer aged six, 1840 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Charles Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist
Charles Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist
Charles Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist

Charles Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

James Chung Gon, 2017 Pamela See
James Chung Gon, 2017 Pamela See
James Chung Gon, 2017 Pamela See

James Chung Gon, 2017 Pamela See

Portrait, papercut silhouette drawing

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2020 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2020 James & Jessica

General content

The Art Handlers' Award for 2020 went to Gemma Baxter (right view), 2019 by Shea Kirk.

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.

Annual lecture 2012 photos 1 August 2012

In Frame

With James Holloway, former Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011 video: 6 minutes

Fragility my freedom – Ink blot mind, 2011 by Aaron James McGarry

General content

Finalist, iD2012

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Eye to eye

Previous exhibition, 2019

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)
Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)
Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)

Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)

Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured on glass plate with black paint backing

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr and Mrs James Bain 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Perceval painting, 1958 Fred Williams
John Perceval painting, 1958 Fred Williams
John Perceval painting, 1958 Fred Williams

John Perceval painting, 1958 Fred Williams

Portrait, drypoint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2007

Portrait 31 March - May 2009

Magazine

This issue features the new National Portrait Gallery building, James Cook and John Banks, Cate Blanchett, Irina Baranova, Annette Kellerman, Shepard Fairey and more.

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan 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

Portrait 34 December 2009 - February 2010

Magazine

This issue features Australian cricketers, surfing legend Isabel Letham, Christos Tsiolkas, Bob Brown's portrait by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton, James Angus, virtual portraits and more.

Sir Warwick Fairfax, 1981 Bryan Westwood
Sir Warwick Fairfax, 1981 Bryan Westwood
Sir Warwick Fairfax, 1981 Bryan Westwood

Sir Warwick Fairfax, 1981 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Lust

You saucy minx

Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd

Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2009

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

Jessie Whyte, c. 1840 Thomas Bock
Jessie Whyte, c. 1840 Thomas Bock
Jessie Whyte, c. 1840 Thomas Bock

Jessie Whyte, c. 1840 Thomas Bock

Portrait, pastel and chalk on paper laid down on cotton over Cedar strainer

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy
Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy
Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy

Tim Jarvis, 2018 Doug Gimesy

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder
'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder
'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder

'awk' (Bob Hawke), 1972 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM

Amy Castles, c.1899 Falk Studios
Amy Castles, c.1899 Falk Studios
Amy Castles, c.1899 Falk Studios

Amy Castles, c.1899 Falk Studios

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

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

John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

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

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

Contemporary Australian Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2002

Contemporary Australian Portraits is a cross section, a sampling, of some of the present-day directions in Australian portrait practice

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William Freeman

Biography

James Freeman, who is credited with bringing the wet-plate photographic process to New South Wales, arrived in Sydney in 1854 to join his brother William, who had arrived the year before.

Portrait 50 hits the shelves 1 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

With contributions from Julia Gillard, Fiona Gruber, and Dr Karl James, the National Portrait Gallery’s 50th edition of Portrait has something for everyone.

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
Amy Castles, c. 1902 The Swiss Studio
Amy Castles, c. 1902 The Swiss Studio
Amy Castles, c. 1902 The Swiss Studio

Amy Castles, c. 1902 The Swiss Studio

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cardboard (Paris Panel)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins 2012

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.

An interview with Akira Isogawa video: 4 minutes 18 seconds

Akira Isogawa Inside the patterns

Portrait story

Iconic Australian fashion designer, Akira Isogawa discusses the development of his unique style.

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For our Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends giveaways
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers
Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 64 canvas boards (nos. 108101-108164)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Bednall, Jillian Broadbent AC, John Kaldor AO and Naomi Milgrom AO 2018

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Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

The Quiet Australian

Magazine article by Brian Dale, 2001

Robert Oatley talks about the repatriation of the John Webber portrait of Captain James Cook.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist
Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist
Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain
William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain
William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain

William Ashton, c. 1940s 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

Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley

All the world's a stage

General content

Joan Sutherland, Robert Helpmann and Raigh Roe

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud
Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud
Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family, the Ian Potter Foundation and John Schaeffer AO 2009

Ambrose Hallen, 1937 Lina Bryans
Ambrose Hallen, 1937 Lina Bryans
Ambrose Hallen, 1937 Lina Bryans

Ambrose Hallen, 1937 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sir James and Lady Cruthers 2001

David Campese II, 2000 Paul Newton

Sporting Archibald

Previous exhibition, 2000
Celebrating the focus on sport during 2000, this special exhibition features our national sporting heroes and heroines immortalised on canvas
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Mysterious eyes Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945

Previous exhibition, 2016

Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his equally emotive portraits of those around him.

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips
Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips
Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Ian Potter Foundation 2008

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd
Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd
Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2014

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.

Angela Belgiorno-Zegna, 2001 by Salvatore Zofrea

Intimate Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2002

Intimate Portraits is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints that explore the less public side of portraiture

John Fairfax, 1873 Charles Summers
John Fairfax, 1873 Charles Summers
John Fairfax, 1873 Charles Summers

John Fairfax, 1873 Charles Summers

Portrait, carrara marble

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

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Peter Porter, 2004 Tony Clark

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and permanent marker on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Sir John Young, c.1862 Freeman Brothers
Sir John Young, c.1862 Freeman Brothers
Sir John Young, c.1862 Freeman Brothers

Sir John Young, c.1862 Freeman Brothers

Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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.

Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza
Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza
Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza

Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Tuckwell 2018

Sketch for portrait of Bart Cummings, 1986 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Bart Cummings, 1986 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Bart Cummings, 1986 Bryan Westwood

Sketch for portrait of Bart Cummings, 1986 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Burnum Burnum, 1987 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

In the National Interest

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

In focussing on the importance of gifts in the building of the collection, prominence must be given to the most spectacular of the National Portrait Gallery's acquisitions; the portrait of Captain James Cook RN by John Webber R.A.

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain
Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain
Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877) an unknown artist
The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877) an unknown artist
The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877) an unknown artist

The Sculling Match at Sydney for the Championship of the World [Edward Trickett] (from the Australasian Sketcher, 4 August 1877), 1877 an unknown artist

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Portrait of Dr John Bradfield, c. 1920-24 Jerrold Nathan
Portrait of Dr John Bradfield, c. 1920-24 Jerrold Nathan
Portrait of Dr John Bradfield, c. 1920-24 Jerrold Nathan

Portrait of Dr John Bradfield, c. 1920-24 Jerrold Nathan

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Dr J J C Bradfield 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Battye Blue, 2005 by Phoenix Battye

Headspace 6 Who Am I?

Previous exhibition, 2005

The sixth in the National Portrait Gallery’s series of student exhibitions, will feature 200 portrait artworks, both two and three-dimensional, from secondary school students from across Australia

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

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume
'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume
'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822 Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alcoa World Alumina Australia 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

In memory of the Rev William Hill, 1869 Charles Wherrett
In memory of the Rev William Hill, 1869 Charles Wherrett
In memory of the Rev William Hill, 1869 Charles Wherrett

In memory of the Rev William Hill, 1869 Charles Wherrett

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1992 Brian Dunlop
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1992 Brian Dunlop
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1992 Brian Dunlop

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1992 Brian Dunlop

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott

Thousand Mile Stare Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

Thousand mile stare provides a unique portrait of people of rural Australia

Henry Reynolds, 2012 Dave Tacon
Henry Reynolds, 2012 Dave Tacon
Henry Reynolds, 2012 Dave Tacon

Henry Reynolds, 2012 Dave Tacon

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Dr Solander, 1772 an unknown artist
Dr Solander, 1772 an unknown artist
Dr Solander, 1772 an unknown artist

Dr Solander, 1772 an unknown artist

Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Joseph Banks and Dr Solander, 1778 an unknown artist
Joseph Banks and Dr Solander, 1778 an unknown artist
Joseph Banks and Dr Solander, 1778 an unknown artist

Joseph Banks and Dr Solander, 1778 an unknown artist

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

Ian Thorpe, 2002 James Houston

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.

Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston
Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston

Corroboree, or Dance of the Natives of New South Wales, 1820 Walter Preston

Portrait, engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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

Karen Gillan, 2010

Hot Scots

Magazine article by Christopher Baker, 2013

James Holloway describes the first portraits you encounter when entering the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

The last of England 1855

Pre-Raphaelite Profile

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

In 2006 the National Portrait Gallery acquired a splendid portrait of Victoria's first governor, Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe by Thomas Woolner.

Self portrait, 1909 Bess Norriss Tait
Self portrait, 1909 Bess Norriss Tait
Self portrait, 1909 Bess Norriss Tait

Self portrait, 1909 Bess Norriss Tait

Portrait, watercolour and bodycolour on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Barbara and Jim Higgins 2010

Sir John Hay, 1887 Freeman Brothers
Sir John Hay, 1887 Freeman Brothers
Sir John Hay, 1887 Freeman Brothers

Sir John Hay, 1887 Freeman Brothers

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Oui-re-kine, (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit
Oui-re-kine, (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit
Oui-re-kine, (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit

Oui-re-kine, (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

This is the first in a series of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions to survey the portraits painted by artists who are not thought of, primarily, as portrait painters

Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street, 1964 Eric Thake
Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street, 1964 Eric Thake
Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street, 1964 Eric Thake

Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street, 1964 Eric Thake

Portrait, linocut on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Charles Warman Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw
Charles Warman Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw
Charles Warman Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw

Charles Warman Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Thoms family 2011

Sir Joseph Banks, 1811 William Daniell after George Dance
Sir Joseph Banks, 1811 William Daniell after George Dance
Sir Joseph Banks, 1811 William Daniell after George Dance

Sir Joseph Banks, 1811 William Daniell after George Dance

Portrait, soft ground etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw
Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw
Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw

Annie Roberts, 1878 George Baird Shaw

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Reg, Lesley, Glen and Paul Thoms 2011

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Tribute Betty Churcher

Magazine article, 2015

Betty Churcher AO (1931–2015), gallery director, author, painter and lecturer, was educated in Brisbane before studying art in London.

William Dobell, 1942 Max Dupain

A Tribute to William Dobell

Previous exhibition, 1999

Adapted from A Tribute to William Dobell an exhibition presented by the Australian National University's Drill Hall Gallery in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. Dobell is of course, celebrated for his achievements in portraiture, winning the Archibald prize (1943, 1948 and 1959), the Wynne Prize (1948), and representing Australia at the 1954 Venice Biennale. Curator Mary Eagle concludes her essay in the catalogue of the exhibition thus, "Overall I see a dissonance in Dobell’s art and life

Jane Campion, 2009 Peter Brew-Bevan
Jane Campion, 2009 Peter Brew-Bevan
Jane Campion, 2009 Peter Brew-Bevan

Jane Campion, 2009 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Bonita Mabo, 1994 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Bonita Mabo, 1994 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Bonita Mabo, 1994 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Bonita Mabo, 1994 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds

Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2018

Portrait of George Selth Coppin, c. 1895-99 Tom Roberts

The Multifarious Career of George Selth Coppin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

George Selth Coppin (1819-1906) comedian, impresario and entrepreneur, was a driving force of the early Australian theatre.

Charles John Fairfax, c.1860 Edwin Dalton
Charles John Fairfax, c.1860 Edwin Dalton
Charles John Fairfax, c.1860 Edwin Dalton

Charles John Fairfax, c.1860 Edwin Dalton

Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

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

The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd

The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, c. 1774 Valentine Green after Johann Zoffany
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, c. 1774 Valentine Green after Johann Zoffany
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, c. 1774 Valentine Green after Johann Zoffany

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, c. 1774 Valentine Green after Johann Zoffany

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 video: 15 seconds

Art Handlers' Award

General content

The winner of our Art Handlers' Award receives $1000 and free return transport for their photograph, courtesy of International Art Services.

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Portrait, hand-cut acetate stencil, aerosol enamel on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble
Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble
Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble

Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

Welcome home, Captain Bligh 27 March 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery will, next Tuesday, unveil an exciting new acquisition of irrefutable importance to all Australians. Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c. 1776, attributed to John Webber, is one of the earliest portraits of the contentious, historical figure, and extends the Gallery’s remarkable collection of early colonial portraits.

Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Greg Chappell, 1985 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer
Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823 Johann Paul Georg Fischer

Portrait, watercolour over pencil on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Max Walker, 1976 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 8 March 2018

Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

masculine/feminine, 2010 by Bridget Mac
NYSPP 2010 winner

National Youth Self Portrait Prize NYSPP 2010

Previous exhibition, 2010

An annual event, the National Youth Self Portrait Prize seeks to encourage young people to embrace self portraiture and its expressive possibilities.

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans
Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and James Bryans 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder
Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder

Margel and Tarquin, Canberra, c. 1945 Frank Hinder

Portrait, pen and ink, brush and ink and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Ross family in memory of Noel and Enid Eliot 2014

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

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.

Layne Beachley, 2008 Petrina Hicks

Collection: Icons Volume One

Previous exhibition, 2018

When a portrait communicates determination and individuality as boldly as these do, it has the potential to become an iconic image. For the Gallery’s 20th birthday this display brings together a group contemporary photographic portraits of inspiring women and men.

John Fairfax, c. 1860 Edwin Dalton
John Fairfax, c. 1860 Edwin Dalton
John Fairfax, c. 1860 Edwin Dalton

John Fairfax, c. 1860 Edwin Dalton

Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

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

Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1880s an unknown artist
Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1880s an unknown artist
Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford
Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford
Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford

Sir Robert Gibson, 1934 Paul Montford

Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of The Australian Industry Group 2012

Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain
Ben Chifley Max Dupain

Ben Chifley, Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ron Grainer, 1965 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Dr Who?

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

It is not well known that the person who composed the famous theme music for the BBC's Doctor Who series was Australian Ron Grainer.

Phrenology video: 3 minutes 25 seconds

The Dissecting Room

General content

Though initially developed by physicians, phrenology was taken up by certain non-medical practitioners who applied the theory to social questions such as education and criminal reform. 

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

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

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Mr Robert Oatley AO

Biography

Robert Oatley AO (1928–2016), businessman, was one of Australia’s most successful wine industry figures.

Fred Hollows, 1993 Kerrie Lester
Fred Hollows, 1993 Kerrie Lester
Fred Hollows, 1993 Kerrie Lester

Fred Hollows, 1993 Kerrie Lester

Portrait, oil and hand-stitching on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

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.

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Portrait of Leslie Walford, 1970s Vaike Liibus

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Hardy 2019

Miss Robertson of Colac (Dolly), 1885-86

Brothers on farms

Magazine article by Malcolm Robertson, 2011

Malcolm Robertson tells the family history of one of Australia's earliest patrons of the arts, his Scottish born great great great grandfather, William Robertson.

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.

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Supporters $5,000 - $9,999

Honour board
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

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

Nick Cave, 1994 Bleddyn Butcher
Nick Cave, 1994 Bleddyn Butcher
Nick Cave, 1994 Bleddyn Butcher

Nick Cave, 1994 Bleddyn Butcher

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Billy Hughes bottle stopper, undated Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, undated Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, undated Mashman Bros. Ltd.

Billy Hughes bottle stopper, undated Mashman Bros. Ltd.

Portrait, ceramic and cork

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 Imants Tillers

Study of Louis Nowra, 2018 by Imants Tillers

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Bednall, Jillian Broadbent AO, John Kaldor AO and Naomi Milgrom AO 2018

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
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

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.

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.

Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

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 Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood

Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on board

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

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.

Ian Roberts (after Coypel 1709), 2003 Ross Watson
Ian Roberts (after Coypel 1709), 2003 Ross Watson
Ian Roberts (after Coypel 1709), 2003 Ross Watson

Ian Roberts (after Coypel 1709), 2003 Ross Watson

Portrait, oil on composition board

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

Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood

Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Primrose Potter 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

Sir Robert Strong

All you can eat

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

In February 2003 the National Portrait Gallery Circle of Friends brought Sir Robert Strong to Australia to present a series of lectures entitled The Artists & The Banquet- A History of Dining, which focused on the links between gardens and table decoration from the Renaissance to the Victorian Era.

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

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hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen

Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
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

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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

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

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

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.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding 28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine Contemporary women artists make Australian history

Previous exhibition, 2018

This exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history, enriching the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 by Laura Moore

iD Digital Portraiture Award winner announced 2 August 2012

Archived media releases 2012

The inaugural winner of the $10,000 iD Digital Portraiture Award was announced this morning at the National Portrait Gallery.

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

A guy from Paris

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

Sarah Engledow on a foundational gallery figure who was quick on the draw.

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

Protest! How can we dance when our earth is turning?

General content

Rock’s raw potency made it the ideal medium for fomenting protest. The 1970s, 80s and onwards saw calls for social and environmental justice ring out through song.

Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock

Jessie Robertson, c. 1849 Thomas Bock

Portrait, pencil, chalk and gouache on paper

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

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.

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2013

Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon

Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Division 2017

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour on Tom Durkin playing with Melbourne's manhood.

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.

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews
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

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.

Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866 Fredrick Charles Burman
Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866 Fredrick Charles Burman
Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866 Fredrick Charles Burman

Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866 Fredrick Charles Burman

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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.

Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester
Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester
Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester

Margaret Fink, 1989 Kerrie Lester

Portrait, oil and mixed media and hand-stitching on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Ian Roberts (after Coypel 1709), 2003 Ross Watson

Super League

Magazine article by David Sequeira, 2004

The portrait of Ian Roberts by Ross Watson.

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

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

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.

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.
Joan Croll, 1976 John Brack

String of Pearls

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2001

Andrew Sayers discusses the portrait of Dr Joan Croll AO by the Australian artist John Brack.

The Cutmear sisters, Jane and Lucy, c. 1842

A man of superior attainments

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of a colonial portrait artist, writer and rogue Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett
Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett
Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett

Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett

Portrait, pokerwork on spotted gum

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Semple Kerr 2004

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon People media information 8 August 2013

Archived media releases 2013

Press releases and images downloads for media.

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000 Victorian Tapestry Workshop

The spirit of the gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers celebrates the support given to the Gallery by Gordon and Marilyn Darling.

Arthur Boyd's studio

Boyd to man

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman looks at influences and insight in the formative years of Arthur Boyd.

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

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

David Williamson, 1974 (printed 2001) Gordon Glenn

The Story So Far...

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

A reflection on the National Portrait Gallery's first four years.

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

Megan Gale, 2002 Ellen Dahl

Glamour vs grunge

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Christopher Chapman examines the battle of glamour vs. grunge which played out in the fashion and advertising of the 1990s.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews
Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 Andrew Bonneau

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018 by Andrew Bonneau

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher
The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880) Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

The Destruction of the Kelly gang (from The Australasian Sketcher, 17 July 1880), 1880 Tom Carrington, The Australasian Sketcher

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Marquis de Vaudreuil, ca.1753-55

Canadian identities

Magazine article by Lilly Koltun, 2004

An exploration of national identity in the Canadian context drawn from the symposium Face to Face at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2004.

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

Old Blighty

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2016

Angus Trumble ponders the many faces of William Bligh.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Australian visit in Denmark

Magazine article by Mette Skougaard, 2006

In April 2006 the National Portrait Gallery showcased Australian portraits at the Fredenksborg Castle in Denmark. 

Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight

The long game

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2020

Penelope Grist spends some quality time with the Portrait Gallery’s summer collection exhibition, Eye to Eye.

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790 Robert Dodd

Portrait, aquatint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Karee Kayvon, 2006

Virtual lives

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2007

A brief introduction to the Weird, Wired World of Internet Portraiture.

Brown form with stripes, 1961

Figurative foundation

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and art of the Australian artist Janet Dawson.

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster, c. 1780 Jean Francois Rigaud

To the end of the earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Dr. Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster from 1780, is one of the oldest in the NPG's collection.

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Reflections on portraiture

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

An extract from the 2004 Nuala O'Flaaherty Memorial Lecture at the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery in Launceston in which Andrew Sayers reflects on the unique qualities of a portrait gallery.

Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Queen Victoria, 1901 The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Albert Jonas and John Xiniwe of The African Choir, 1891 London Stereoscopic Co.

Back in black

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2017

Krysia Kitch reviews black chronicles at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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.

Geoffrey Graham, 1941 Max Dupain

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sir Lindesay Clark, 1973 Clifton Pugh

The Stories Beneath

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005
The Alcoa World Alumina Australia gift.
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.

Hardtmuth 'Hottie' Lahm, 1973 Nora Heysen

Hottie's Snifter to port

Magazine article by Peter Jeffrey, 2016

Peter Jeffrey trips the hound nostalgic.

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.

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

Promise Fulfilled

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The life and achievements of Sir Edward Holden, who is represented in the portrait collection by a bust created by Leslie Bowles.

Study for Aunty Mary King, 2010 by Mathew Lynn

The animating signature

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmore delights in the affecting drawings of Mathew Lynn.

Frame from Self portrait, 2008

I walk the line

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Bruce Petty's animated self portrait captures a life's journey compressed into a few minutes.

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Reflections on castles

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

Andrew Sayers describes the unique characteristics of the international band of portrait galleries.

Andrew Sayers, 2012 Mark Mohell

Andrew Sayers AM FAHA 13 October 2015

Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and staff mourn the loss of the National Portrait Gallery's inaugural director.

Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Celebrating a new painted portrait of Joseph Banks, Sarah Engledow spins a yarn of the naturalist, the first kangaroo in France and Don, a Spanish ram.

James Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York 1945 by Richard Avedon

The Avedon effect

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2013

Dr Christopher Chapman explores how we can understand Richard Avedon's photographs.  

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

In the round

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2009

Andrew Sayers outlines the highlights of the National Portrait Gallery's display of portrait sculpture.

Ray Lawler, 2006 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

Karen Vickery delights in a thespian thread of the Australian yarn.

The possessed, 1942 by Albert Tucker

The inner voice

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Dr Christopher Chapman, curator of Inner Worlds: Portraits & Psychology looks at Albert Tucker's Heidelberg military hospital portraits.

The Conciliation, 1840 by Benjamin Duterrau

The art of conciliation

Magazine article by Gareth Knapman, 2017

Gareth Knapman explores the politics and opportunism behind the portraits of Tasmania’s Black War.

M H Wednesday 11.15am from the series Self-harm, 2004

Big it up

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2005

Former National Portrait Gallery Curator Magda Keaney was a member of the selection panel of the Schwepes Photographic Portrait Prize 2004 at the National Portrait Gallery London.

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Where the wild things are

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the complex portrait of Dr Bob Brown by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

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.

Mutiny on the Bounty (The Mutineers turning Lieutenant Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship the Bounty), 1790 Robert Dodd

High & Bligh

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Joanna Gilmour explores the 1790 portrait of William Bligh by Robert Dodd.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

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

To our glorious dead – For the national life by Ellis Hutch

Reflections

General content

All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War exhibition co-curators Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman reflect on the evolution of the Gallery’s Anzac Centenary exhibition.

Murray frees himself from straightjacket in public, 1928 by Sam Hood

Risky business

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2016

John Zubrzycki lauds the characters of the Australian escapology trade.

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist, 1870s James E. Bray

Sibly irresistible

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2019

Alexandra Roginski reveals a forceful feminist figure in the colonial period’s slippery science, phrenology.

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.

"Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?", 1956

Pop goes the preconception

Magazine article by Paul Moorhouse, 2007

A National Portrait Gallery, London exhibition redefines portraiture, shifting the focus towards a new perspective on Pop Art.

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.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

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’. 

Miss Alesandra, 2010

The more things change

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

National Photographic Portrait Prize curator, Sarah Engledow, finds reward in a difficult task and ultimately uncovers the essence of portraiture.

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.

"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.

General Birdwood, the Idol of Anzac, taking a dip in the sea after a hard days work 1915

In the thick of it

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Projecting the splendour of the empire, and the resolve of its subjects, the bust of William Birdwood keeps a stiff upper lip in the National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Omai, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, 1775-76

First encounters

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Representations of the inhabitants of the new world expose the complexities of the colonisers' intentions.

Untitled, 2011 © Kelly Tunney

Something old, something new

Magazine article by Andrew Mayo, 2017

Andrew Mayo considers the changing face of modern wedding photography through the eyes of two of its finest exponents, Dan O’Day and Kelly Tunney.

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.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist

Tiny Trace of a Colonial Giant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

At just 7.8 x 6.2 cm, the daguerreotype of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa is one of the smallest works in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of convict-turned-artist William Buelow Gould.

Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone

Of beef in burgundy

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2017

Angus Trumble reveals the complex technical mastery behind a striking recent acquisition, Henry Bone’s enamel portrait of William Manning.

Untitled (girl on chair with red shoes) by Violet Frisby

Finding Mrs Frisby

Magazine article by Robyn Sweaney, 2016

Robyn Sweaney's quiet Violet obsession.

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 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.

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.

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.

Chevalier d’Eon, 1792

All dressed up

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan asks do clothes make the portrait, and can the same work with a new title fetch a better price?

The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean

Snap decisions

Magazine article by Robert Cook, 2018

NPPP judge Robert Cook provides irreverent insight into this year’s fare, and having to be a bit judgemental.

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

Roger Benjamin explores the intriguing union of Lina Bryans and Alex Jelinek.

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.

Chang the Chinese giant and party, c. 1871 Paterson Brothers

The portrait writ large

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Karen Vickery on Chang the Chinese giant in Australia.

NPPP finalists

20 20

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Revd Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, c.1795 by Sir Henry Raeburn

Great Scots

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2017

Diana O’Neil samples the tartan treats on offer in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the "Christopher Brennan Cycle", 1945 Dora Toovey

Heartfelt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Janet and Horace Keats with the spirit of the poet Christopher Brennan is brought to life by artist Dora Toovey.

Charles Summers, (late 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

The importance of being bearded

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

Joanna Gilmour discovers that the beards of the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills were as epic as their expedition to traverse Australia from south to north.

Self-Portrait, 1981 by Don Bachardy

Drawing inspiration

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman absorbs the gentle touch of Don Bachardy’s portraiture.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

Jo Gilmour uncovers endearing authenticity in the art of a twice-transported Tasmanian.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

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.

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Big bouquet of Blackmans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr. Sarah Engledow explores the context surrounding Charles Blackman's portrait of Judith Wright, Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith.

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).

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour accounts for Australia’s deliciously ghoulish nineteenth century criminal portraiture. 

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol

A spectral sentience

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

Aimee Board reveals method, motivation and mortality in the portraiture of Rod McNicol.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

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.

Untitled #21/09 (after Ricci, 1700; featuring Matthew Mitcham), 2009 Ross Watson

Getting bare

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2015

How seven portraits within Bare reveal in a public portrait parts of the body and elements of life usually located in the private sphere.

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.

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.

Dave Graney, 1996 Bleddyn Butcher

Naked nostalgia

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist reminisces about the halcyon days of a print icon, before the infusion of the internet’s shades of grey.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Sarah Engledow, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2017 Prize.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis Lecture, 4 June 2011

General content

Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds Lecture, 7 May 2011

General content

Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

Lesley Harding

Faces of war Lecture, 14 May 2011

General content

Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne explores Albert Tucker’s experience of World War II, his interests in the intersection between psychology and creativity, and their influence on his portrait making.

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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