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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.

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

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866

Edouard Gatel
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Lieutenant Watts, 1789

Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Captain Sir John Franklin, 1830

William Derby, John Thomson
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales, c. 1840

John R. Jackson after John Linnell
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

John Roper, 1860s

John Buchanan Smith
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Sandefur 2019

Edward John Eyre, Late Governor of Jamaica, 1867

John Brown
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Karen McLeod Adair and Anthony Adair 2003

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Professor Ralph Blacket, 1994

John Caldwell
Portrait, mixed media on archival mount board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017

John Laws, 1981

John Williams
Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

John Williamson, Springbrook, Qld, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

John Cargher holding a long play record, c. 1986

John Spooner
Portrait, pen and ink and brush and ink on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Reverend John West, Sydney., n.d.

John Cochran
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Sketch for portrait of John Perceval, c. 1962

John Brack
Portrait, charcoal pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helen Brack 2012

Sketch for portrait of John Perceval, c. 1962

John Brack
Portrait, charcoal on Paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helen Brack 2012

Portrait of Denton Corker Marshall, 2009

John Gollings
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Dr John Yu

Portrait story

An interview with the acclaimed pediatrician Dr. John Yu who describes the process of having his portrait sculpture created by artist Ah Xian.

Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003

Ah Xian
Portrait, pencil and white chalk on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2004

Dr John Yu, 2004

Ah Xian
Portrait, glazed ceramic

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2004

John Brack Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2007

The exhibition includes such striking works as Portrait of Fred Williams, and Barry Humphries in the character of Edna Everage, the enigmatic Portrait of Hal Hattam, a group of revealing self portraits including the mysterious Inside and Outside, as well as endearing portraits of the artist's children.

John Bell

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1962

John Coburn

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1962

John Utz, Wormald, n.d.

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

John Bell

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1973

John Brack

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1962

John Perceval

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

John Olsen

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1962

John Dowie part one

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1960

John Dowie part two

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1960

Album of cartes de visite and cabinet card photograph including a portrait of John Tebbutt, c. 1870s

Various
Portrait, leather-bound album of cartes de visite and cabinet cards, 46 page book, featuring 156 photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mike MacPhail 2010

Self portrait, c. 1948

John Brack
Portrait, conté crayon on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2010

Tan Le, 2018

John Tsiavis
Portrait, transparency between mirror substrates in LED lightbox

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Self-portrait with bowler hat, 1885–6 by Paul Cézanne

Hail Cézanne

Magazine article by John Elderfield, 2017

John Elderfield lauds the portraiture of Paul Cézanne, the artist described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’.

Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell

The alchemist’s profile

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2017

John Zubrzycki meets Australian paint pioneer Jim Cobb.

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.

John Tjakamarra, 1974 (printed 2000)

Jon Rhodes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

John Hamilton, 1969

Meg Padgham
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir John Hay, 1887

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

John Mawurndjul, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

John Bulunbulun, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Mr John Eason, 1838

W. B. Gould
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Tan Le

'So many stars'
Portrait story

Tech entrepreneur Tan Le and photographer John Tsiavis.

Dr John Yu, 2014

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Dr Gene Sherman AM and Patrick Corrigan AM 2016

John Dease, 1941

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

John Landy, 1960

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2004

John Allan, 1923

Tom Glover
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

John Mawurndjul, 2005

R. Ian Lloyd
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of R. Ian Lloyd 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Sumner, 1976

Jim Paterson
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and dry pigment on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Jim Paterson 2004

John Elliott, IXL - Elders,

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

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John Laws on a Harley, 1994 (printed 2012)

Jim Rolon
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

John Spalvin, Adelaide Steamship,

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

John David, Davids Holdings, Largest Grocery Wholesalers,

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Bopping Bob McTavish, c. 1965 (printed 2012)

John Witzig
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Macca (Ian McNamara), 2007

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Nat in Hawaii, 1967

John Witzig
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2008

Ita Buttrose, 1981

John Williams
Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Pro Hart, Broken Hill, NSW, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Al Grassby and Penny Dent, Community Relations Commission, Canberra, 1982

John Williams
Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Reg Lindsay, Scone, NSW, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Ted Egan, Alice Springs, NT, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Jimmy Little, Sydney, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Jim Ferrier, n.d.

John Frith
Portrait, cast printer's metal

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Frith family 2013

Portrait of Kym Bonython/Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap, 1963-1966

John Brack
Portrait, oil on canvas (diptych)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Kym Bonython AC DFC AFC 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Luke Scibberas, Hill End NSW, 2004

Artists' space

Magazine article by John McDonald, 2007

Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd presents 61 of some of Australia’s most respected and significant painters working in the studio environment.

Thomas White, midshipman, c. 1838

John Kay
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

George Mealmaker, 1798 (printed c. 1838)

John Kay
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Muir of Huntershill, 1838

John Kay
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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Portrait of Les Tanner, 1984

John Spooner
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

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R. M. Williams, 1982 (printed 2005)

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

John Fairfax, mid to late 19th century

Achille Simonetti
Portrait, carrara marble on scagliola column

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

John Fairfax, 1873

Charles Summers
Portrait, carrara marble

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

John Kaldor, 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

John Burton, 1951

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr and Mrs John Burton 2007

John Schaeffer AO - art collector and philanthropist, 2014

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Harold Mitchell AC

John Shirlow, c. 1937

Julian Smith
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

John Levi at Puckapunyal, 1953

Barry Humphries
Portrait, pastel and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rabbi John Levi AC 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Newcombe, 2006

Robin Sellick
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

John Bell, c. 1968

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

John Waters, 2013

George Fetting
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2015

John Olsen - En plein air, 1996

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

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

John Connell, c. 1830

Richard Read Jnr
Portrait, watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eleanor Thorton 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Fairfax, c. 1860

Edwin Dalton
Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

John Coburn, 1974

Vaike Liibus
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Liibus family 2015

Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001

Nicholas Harding
Portrait, ink, charcoal and conté on paper

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

Sir John Eccles, 1959

Pam MacFarlane
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2007

John Perceval painting 'Veronica and the Conspirators', 1967

Mark Strizic
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Sir John Young, c. 1862

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

John Knatchbull, c. 1844

an unknown artist
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leo Schofield AM 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir John Franklin, c. 1845

E P. Hardy, D F. Murphy
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

John Farnham, 1996

Polly Borland
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Senator John Button, 1987

Andrew Sibley
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

John O'Shanassy, c. 1860

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Reverend John Williams, c. 1837

George Baxter
Portrait, wood engraving (Baxter print) on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Dr John Bradfield, c. 1920-1924

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

John Newcombe and family, 1973

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sir John Cornforth, 1993 (printed 2003)

Nick Sinclair
Portrait, bromide print on photographic paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006)

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

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John Perceval, 1999

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, ink, coloured pencil, gouache, crayon and fibre-tipped pen on single mount board with gold coloured ink border

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Thomas de Kessler 2001

Study for portrait of Senator John Button, 1992

Andrew Sibley
Portrait, pencil on paper

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

The Australian Tom Thumb (John David Armstrong), c. 1880

J D. Cooper
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

John Wolseley, 2002

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

John Olsen, 1993

Robin Sellick
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Professor John Shine, 2011

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Jozef Vissel 2015

John Richard Tindale, 1841

Maurice Felton
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

John Spooner, 2001 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

John Wolseley, 2002

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

John Newcombe, 1976 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

John Beard, 2003

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

John Clarke, 2004

Julian Kingma
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

John Darling, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, pencil on paper

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

John Hinde, 1990 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

John Olsen AO, CBE, 2017

Nicholas Harding
Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2019
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Passmore, c. 1970

Kerry Dundas
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

John Marsden, 1998

Peter Wegner
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

John Olsen, 1979

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

John Coburn, 2002

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

John Konrads, c. 1965

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2015

John Cobley, 1944

Nora Heysen AM
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

John Coburn, 1987

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

John Olsen, 1996

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

John Gaden, n.d.

Stuart Campbell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

John Dunn, c. 1880s

an unknown artist
Portrait, opalotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958

John Brack
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

John Perceval painting, 1958

Fred Williams
Portrait, drypoint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2007

Professor John Le Gay Brereton, c. 1930

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2012

John Foster Dulles, Washington, 1956 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

John Nixon 1, January 1979, 1979 (printed 2012)

Robert Rooney
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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The Last of the Angry Penguins - John Perceval, 1999

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, ink, coloured pencil, gouache, crayon and fibre-tipped pen on double layer mount board with gold coloured ink border

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Thomas de Kessler 2001

Fred Dagg (John Clarke), 1982

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

John Olsen, Woollahra, Sydney, 1962 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Life mask of John Bell, c. 1980

an unknown artist
Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roslyn Lawson 2013

Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson, c. 1852

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

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 Australian Tom Thumb (John David Armstrong), c. 1880

Sarony & Co.
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

John Braine, Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire, 1958 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Humour’s warm refuge

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2017

Angus Trumble pays tribute to John Clarke.

Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis
Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis
Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis

Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009)

John Tsiavis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009)

John Tsiavis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Bud Tingwell, 2005

John Tsiavis
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Peter Skrzynecki, 2012

John Slaytor
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Edna Jessop, Mt Isa, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Richard Woldendorp, Perth, WA, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Hans Heysen, 1960 (cast 2004)

John Dowie
Portrait, cast bronze

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

Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996

John Citizen
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999

Joan Croll, 1976

John Brack
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Frank Croll and Dr Joan Croll AO 2001
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Jacki Weaver, 2018

John Tsiavis
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Clay, water, fire

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2005

Ah Xian's porcelain portrait of paediatrician Dr. John Yu reflects Yu's heritage and interests.

Mark Richards, 1976

John Witzig
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Smoky Dawson, Sydney, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Self portrait 1955

Portrait of the artist as a young man

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the early life and career of John Brack.

Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Midget Farrelly at Palm Beach, 1964

John Witzig
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Herb Wharton, Cunnamulla, Qld, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Portrait of Jawoyn Elder, Margaret Katherine, 2015

John Gollings
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

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

Kasey Chambers, Sydney, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Rolf de Heer, Adelaide, SA, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Rick Carey, WA, 1998 (printed 2004)

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney, 1981

John Williams
Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Galley
Purchased 1999

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

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Frank Beaurepaire, n.d.

John Frith
Portrait, cast printer's metal

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Frith family 2013

Slim Dusty at Carlton Hill Station, WA, 1993

John Elliott
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Flynn of the Inland, 1955-1956

Harry Hudson
Portrait, pen, ink and gouache on paper

Purchased 1999

Jack Purtell, n.d.

John Frith
Portrait, plasticine maquette

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Frith family 2013

Dick Smith, Sydney, 2000 (printed 2004)

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009

John Tsiavis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001)

John Austin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001)

John Austin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Study for "Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage", 1969

John Brack
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Timothy Fairfax AC 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of a Man (Fred Williams), 1958

Head, hand, heart

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

An extensive selection of portraits by John Brack were on display at the National Portrait Gallery in late 2007.

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

John Davis
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Prince Alfred, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Ned Hogan, 1925

Tom Glover
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Jack Lang

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

Lieutenant Shortland, 1789

S Shelley, W Sherwin
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W., 1836

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Robert Edwards AO 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

image not online

Desiderius Orban (at 101 years of age), 1985

John Caldwell
Portrait, mixed media on archival mount board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017

H.R.H. The Prince Arthur, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

C.J. Cerutty, 1926

Tom Glover
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

William Bligh, c. 1776

John Webber
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2015

Prince Albert, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Study for portrait of Joan Croll, 1976

John Brack
Portrait, conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joan Croll AO 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Prince Arthur, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph, hand-coloured on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Admiral Bligh, 1801

John Chapman
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Her Majesty seated, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

J M Coetzee, 2012

Dave Tacon
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

image not online

Robert Edwards, 2009

John Elliott
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Art Exhibitions Australia 2009

H.R.H. The Prince Alfred, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Captain Franklin RN, 1825

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior, c. 1836

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Her Majesty, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

George Barrington, 1820

John Chapman
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

The latest portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, c. 1896

John Thomson
Portrait, albumen silver cabinet card photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Princess Alice, 1860

John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

Olivia Newton-John, 1978 (printed 2017)

Gary Heery
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

John Thornett, 1966

Lesley Moline
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John and Vivien Thornett 2014

John Passmore AC, 1973

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Doris Passmore 2003

John Bertrand, 2019

Betina Fauvel-Ogden
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2020

John Pascoe Fawkner, c. 1867

Batchelder & Co. Photo
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Professor John Mulvaney, 1984

Janenne Eaton
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John and Jean Mulvaney 2000

John Gorton, 1970

Victor Greenhalgh
Portrait, terracotta

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir John Gorton, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

John Gorton, 1997

Nathan Kelly
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

John Firth-Smith, 1974

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sir John McEwen, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Sir John McEwen, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999)

Victor Greenhalgh
Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Cast 1999 from terracotta donated by Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999

Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792

Daniel Orme
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

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

Captain John Lort Stokes, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

The Member of the Upper House "One of the Olden Time" [The Hon. John Alston Wallace M.L.C.] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

A Vanquished Knight "Wroth with Kilmore" [The Hon. John O'Shanassy, 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

"International Penny Postage" Mr John Henniker Heaton MP (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1887

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald Walker 2002

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.

Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon

Arcadia

Sound of the sea
Previous exhibition, 2014

An exhibition of photographs by John Witzig, drawings by Nicholas Harding and film footage by Albe Falzon, expressive of the free-spirited, hot-blooded energy of Australian surfers under the cloud of conscription to Vietnam.

John Frost, 1839

an unknown artist, W Read
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir John Gorton, c. 1968-1971

Louis Kahan
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sir John 'Bawra' Higgins, 1922

Tom Glover
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Captain John Hunter, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

John Firth Smith, 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

Professor John Bishop, c. 1963 (printed 2018)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom, n.d.

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

Sir Edward John Lees Hallstrom, n.d.

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

"As straight as a reed" Henry John Rous (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1870

Alfred Thompson
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

A Suburban Member. "Poetry and Politics" [John Whiteman] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1875

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Ben Chifley, 1951

John Frith
Portrait, cast plaster, patinated and bronze powder coated pipe

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Frith family 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

"Men of the Day No.27 "La Reyne le veult" Sir John George Shaw-Lefevre (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1871

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Reverend John Allen Manton, President of the Australasian Conference and Governor of Horton College, Tasmania, c. 1855

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Sir Percy Spender, 1955

John Peisley
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Spender QC 2015

Somewhere to hang your cap

Magazine article by Beatrice Thompson, 2007

A pair of portraits by John Brack; Portrait of Kym Bonython and Portrait of Mr Bonython's speedway cap combine to create a quirky depiction of their subject.

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

Arcadia (Wayne Lynch and Bob McTavish), 1969 (reprinted 2011)

John Witzig
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

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 2000

Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Hearts of Darkness

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery's acquisition of the portrait of Edward John Eyre by pioneering English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Master Molteno, c. 1866

Townsend Duryea
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, c. 1863

John & Charles Watkins
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

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 hand of Captain Cook

Google Arts and Culture
Learning resources

Take a close look at a portrait with a hidden message in its hands. For Year 7 – 9 students.

Jack Lang, 1931

Tom Glover
Portrait, pencil, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

A Head Master"Beyond the Grave" [Rev. J.E. Bromby] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

William Lyne, late 1860s

Charles Woolley
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, c. 1774

Valentine Green after Johann Zoffany
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Edward John Eyre, 1867

Julia Margaret Cameron
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Presented by Sir Roy Strong and the late Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman in memory of their friendship with Gordon Darling and Marilyn Darling 2006

John Kerr, 1976

Frank Hinder
Portrait, pencil on paper

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

William John Wills, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir John Franklin, c. 1846

Theresa Walker after David D'Angers
Portrait, cast wax

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2004

William John Wills, 2nd. In command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860

Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by
Ross A Field 2007

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016

John Hawkesworth LLD, c. 1850 (originally 1776)

James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

John Gould, 1849

Thomas Herbert Maguire, M & N Hanhart
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Edward John Eyre, 1865

Ferdinand Jean Joubert
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Governor General Sir John Kerr, 1976

Frank Hinder
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen, watercolour, pencil on paper

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

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969

Mark Strizic
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

"W.A" (Sir John Forrest) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1897

Julius Mendes Price
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

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

John Buckley Castieu, Lionel Lindsay and Norman Lindsay, c. 1897

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

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

John Elliott
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

David Collins Esq, 1804

Anthony Cardon after John T. Barber
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt., 1883

John Noone after William Strutt
Portrait, photolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

John Bell as King Lear oil on Belgian linen, 2001 by Nicholas Harding

Lear unbuttoned

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Sarah Engledow steps up to the footlights and applauds the storyline behind Nicholas Harding's portraits of actor John Bell.

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.

Jack Lang, 1970

Adam Martin
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elsie Martin 2000

image not online

Jack Lang, life mask, n.d.

Arthur Murch
Portrait, fibreglass and resin

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

The people's champion, Mr Lang, c. 1927

an unknown artist
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

The Gladiators (Norm Provan and Arthur Summons), 1963 (printed 1970s)

John O'Gready
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838

John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

Karl James gives short shrift to doubts about the profile of General Sir John Monash.

Duke of Wellington, 1841

John Lucas
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Jack Lang, c. 1930-1940

George Finey
Portrait, collage of coloured paper, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Edward Telford Simpson, 1919

John St Helier Lander
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Simpson family in memory of Caroline Simpson OAM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Admiral Earl Howe, n.d.

John Singleton Copley, R Cooper
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Sir Edward Hallstrom, c. 1960

Esme Bell
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Musgrave Family 2018

Reverend Robert Ross MD, Sydney, New South Wales, n.d.

John Cochran after Henry Room
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Bert Hinkler, 1930s

Nison Tregor
Portrait, cast metal with gold finish

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Alan Foulkes in memory of Mark Graham Cleghorn 2012

Lord John Russell, 1844

Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Tony Roche, Harry Hopman and John Newcombe,

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Captain Sir John Franklin, Kt, KCH, KRG, DCL, FRS & c. Commander of the Arctic Expedition, 1845, c. 1847

Thomas Phillips, an unknown artist, D Bogue
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

The Aboriginal community of Lake Tyers, Gippsland, c. 1890

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

John Cleveley, Francis Jukes
Portrait, aquatint, hand-coloured on paper

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

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.

Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1788

Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

W Sherwin, John Stockdale after Francis Wheatley
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Captain R.C. Morgan, Missionary ship 'John Williams', n.d.

Henry Room, John Cochran
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Gough and John, 1981

Peter van der Veer
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

"The Lord Chamberlain" Earl of Hopetoun John Adrian Louis Hope (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1900

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Professor John Passmore, 1996

Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell
Portrait, ink

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of the Seventh Earl of Hopetoun, the Rt Hon. John Hope, 1901

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Meeting by Murder

Magazine article by Yvonne Audette AM, 2005

The story behind two colonial portraits; a lithograph of captain and convict John Knatchbull and newspaper illustration of Robert Lowe, Viscount Sherbrooke.

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.

The Right Honourable Charles Lord Hawkesbury, Chancellor of the Duchy and County Palatine of Lancaster, 1788

John Murphy after George Romney
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Painter John Brack with Professor Alex Mitchell and Sir Garfield Barwick, c. 1977

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Jozef Vissel 2015

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne after John Webber
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

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

South-bound and down

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour recounts the story of ill-fated sea voyages in the early stages of the Antipodean colony.

Queen Victoria, 1860-1865

Post Office Photographic Studio, Melbourne after John J. Mayall
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2020

The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790

Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Governor Sir Robert Duff with Lady Duff, Lord Hopetoun and Vice-Regal Party, 1893

Kerry & Co
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Sir George Young Kt, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1814

John Smart, Blood, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

The first ministry under responsible government in New South Wales ( Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General)., 1856

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

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

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

Norman, Kodak, Rose, J.F Archibald, model and John Barr, c. 1913

an unknown artist
Portrait, toned gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013)

Helga Leunig
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helga Leunig 2013

David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980

Kate Gollings
Portrait, colour digital print on photographic paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Yango Mungo ye Yango of Bathurst's Plains, 1824

John Lewin, Moses Griffith
Portrait, copper engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Melbourne experience

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Diana Warnes explores the lives of Hal and Katherine 'Kate' Hattam through their portraits painted by Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh.

William Macleay, 1885

William Macleod after Freeman Brothers
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood gaol, 1867

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid down on a section cut from a nineteenth century album page

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000

Josonia Palaitis
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by the Founding Patron, L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2000

Bonfire of the vanities

Magazine article by Stuart Purves, 2016

Australian Galleries Director Stuart Purves tells the story of two portraits by John Brack.

Three Dimensional

Magazine article by Kate Gollings, 2004

Kate Gollings describes an encounter between three generations of Australian photographers; David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings.

Thousand mile stare

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

John Elliott talks about his photographic portrait practice, including his iconic image of Slim Dusty arm-in-arm with Dame Edna Everage.

Mary Ann Lawrence, 1841

Fits of delicacy and despair

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

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

Olly's Trolly, Freddie's Brushes, 1989

Murray Walker
Portrait, monoprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869

Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

John Schank Esq. RN, 1805

an unknown artist, an unknown artist, J Asperne
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882, 1882

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper (2 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846

Samuel Metford
Portrait, brush and ink, pen and ink, stencil cut-out with watercolour highlights on paper

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

12 Untitled Self Portraits (Set 3), 1990

Mike Parr, John Loane
Portrait, drypoint on 12 sheets of paper, unique state prints on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sara Kelly 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated, 1891

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper (4 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

John Brack's Portraiture

Google Arts and Culture
Learning resources

Learn about artist John Brack, who said that portraits involve three people: the painter, the sitter and the viewer. For Year 6 – 8 students.

Inspiration + Realisation: John Singer Sargent

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Katherine Russell examines the art of Australian artist Paul Newton, referencing the portraiture of John Singer Sargent.

Thousand Mile Stare

Portrait photography by John Elliott
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Jacki Weaver, 2018

by John Tsiavis
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Tan Le, 2018

by John Tsiavis
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Wylie (from John Edward Eyre's 'Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in 1840-1'), 1840-1841

Robert Neill
Portrait, steel engraving with later hand-colouring on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Jane’s conviction

Devotion

Stand by your man

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

Sir James Reading Fairfax, 1898

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington studio, 2011 by John McRae

John McRae

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Porter, Charing Cross, 1824 by John Dempsey

John Dempsey folio

General content

View the full collection of portraits in the exhibition.

Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey

Dempsey's people

A folio of British street portraits 1824–1844
Previous exhibition, 2017

Dempsey’s people: a folio of British street portraits 1824–1844 is the first exhibition to showcase the compelling watercolour images of English street people made by the itinerant English painter John Dempsey throughout the first half of the nineteenth century.

William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes

William Bligh

by John Webber
Portrait story

Twice rebelled against, and twice vindicated, William Bligh occupies an ambivalent space in Australian history. Angus Trumble, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, explains.

Jeff Fenech and trainer, John Lewis, 1986

Graham McCarter
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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

Judy Davis with director John Duigan in 'Winter of our Dreams', 1981 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

"Australian Cricket" George John Bonnor (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1884

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

A Wool Merchant "Colonial John Bull" [Mr Richard Goldsbrough] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Top of the pops to golden guitars

General content

The Seekers, John Farnham and Lee Kernaghan

Sir Vincent 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

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

The last bushrangers

It's Complicated

Brothers in harms

Joan Croll

Portrait story

An interview with the indomitable Joan Croll, subject of John Brack's portrait.

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s-1870s

Various
Portrait, eight carte de visite, hand-coloured, contained in red leather concertina presentation case

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Dream date delivers destiny

Passion

The perfect match

Emily Fairfax, 1870

William Macleod
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

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

Portrait 49

Winter 2015
Magazine

This issue features Jude Rae, Arthur Boyd, Darren McDonald, John Singer Sargent, Tom Wills the 'inventor' of Australian Rules Football and more.

Portrait 45

Winter 2013
Magazine

This issue features Paul Kelly, Rineke Dijkstra, John Brack, the National Photographic Portrait Prize and more.

Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax, 1929

W.A. Bowring
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984, 1984

Grant Matthews
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McLean 2008

Kym Bonython

'The man and his cap'
Portrait story

Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, describes John Brack's portrait of Kym Bonython.

Portrait 24

June - August 2007
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Robert Hannaford, Walter Lindrum, John Brack, judicial portraits, Vincent Lingiari and more.

Nat Young, c. 1968

Albert Falzon
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Witzig 2006

Portrait of Elioth Gruner, c. 1922

Norman Lindsay
Portrait, pencil on paper laid down on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Vincent Day and John Bradley 2017

Portrait 38

December 2010 - February 2011
Magazine

This issue features Martin Schoeller, Bess Norriss Tait, Emanuel Solomon and the sisters of St Joseph, Rennie Ellis and AC/DC, John Brack and more.

Portrait 27

March - May 2008
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine feature Lucian Frued, John Witzig, colonial death portraits, William Kinghorne, Henry Crock, and more.

Portrait 14

December 2004 - February 2005
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features the exhibition Masters of Fare, Greg Weight's photographic collection, John Elliott, Barbara Blackman and more.

Portrait of Mr Geoffrey E. 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

Rarely Everage

The Lives of Barry Humphries
Previous exhibition, 2002

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

John and Lottie’s wedding, early 1970s Unknown artist

Shifting the definition

Nearest & Dearest

Defiant commitment

Portrait 15

March - May 2005
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features the exhibition The world of Thea Proctor, porcelain sculpture of Dr. John Yu, Pat Mackie, the Kylie Minogue exhibition and more.

Portrait 2

December 2001 - February 2002
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features David Moore, Midnight Oil, Dr Joan Croll by John Brack, the acquisition of the Captain Cook portrait, and more.

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I think of my Culture, 1989

Jeffrey Samuels
Portrait, watercolour, pen & ink, brush & ink on paper

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

Portrait 58

Summer 2017-18
Magazine

Paul Cézanne, Bill Henson and Simone Young, Australian cinema’s iconic women, and feminist portraits by Kate Just.

Frances (Fanny) Cato, 1933

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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.

Yousuf Karsh by George O'Neill

Karsh

Faces of the Twentieth Century
Previous exhibition, 1998

Yousuf Karsh - the most famous portrait photographer in the world - has photographed the statesmen, artists, literary and scientific figures who have defined the 20th century and shaped our lives, In this, his 90th year, the National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to present an exhibition of Karsh's photography of 20th century figures.

Portrait 40

July - August 2011
Magazine

This issue features Claudia Karvan & Jimmy Pozarik, Agus Suwage & Contemporary Portraiture from Asia, Fred Williams, Zhong Chen, John Bell, The French Antipodes and more.

The photographers

General content

The eight photographers represent diverse styles, specialities and career paths. Abigail Varney, Peter Brew-Bevan, Martin Philbey, John Tsiavis, Michelle Day, Julian Kingma, and Giovanni Lovisetto.

Portrait 41

October - November 2011
Magazine

This issue features Kate Beynon, Philosopher Cynthia Freeland, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, John Tsiavis & Chris Lilley, UK's BP Portrait Award, Purchasing power in colonial Sydney and more.

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.

Sir Bernard Katz, 1993 (printed 2003)

Nick Sinclair
Portrait, bromide print on photographic paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Rudy Komon, c. 1970

Lewis Morley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, 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.

Margaret Robertson, c. 1855

an unknown artist
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

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

All at sea

Devotion

Tiny token, big love

Portrait of Denton Corker Marshall, 2009 by John Gollings

Denton Corker Marshall

General content

Denton Corker Marshall is based in Melbourne with offices in London and Jakarta.

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.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

My Favourite Australian

My Favourite Australian

Previous exhibition, 2008

My Favourite Australian is a project developed in collaboration with ABC TV and the people of Australia.

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

Convict love token from J. Waldon, 1832

To coin a (farewell) phrase

Devotion

A penny for their thoughts

Dr Joseph Brown with Two Typists, 1996

Noel McKenna
Portrait, enamel on canvas

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Buoyant Brack brood breeds inspiration

Nearest & Dearest

Domesticity’s creative maelstrom

Ryder Jack Susman in a Williamstown hairdresser by Abigail Varney

PROMO

Portraits from prime time
Previous exhibition, 2014

This exhibition goes behind-the-scenes and into the spotlight with professional photographers and the stars of Australian television, music and comedy. Whether negotiating the logistics of a big publicity shoot or quietly capturing moments on set during filming, the photographers' stories are intriguing and compelling.

Self portrait, c. 1849

Charles Rodius
Portrait, pastel with ink wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

The Quiet Australian

Magazine article by Brian Dale, 2001

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

George Andronicus, 1985 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board

Australia and the Nobel Prize

Previous exhibition, 2003

This unique exhibition will give an insight into the private lives, pursuits and work of all the Nobel laureates associated with Australia

Blue Easel with Jack Drawing, 1996-1999

The man behind the art

Magazine article by Giles Auty, 2002

Giles Auty introduces British painter John Wonnacott who will talk at the National Portrait Gallery on 2 November 2002.

Sarah and Ann Jacob, c. 1866

Townsend Duryea
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The chase, 1952

Charles Blackman OBE
Portrait, tempera on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rob and Paula McLean 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Noah Taylor, 1994 (printed 2010)

Ross Honeysett
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Lifelines

Medical advocates
General content

Fiona Stanley, Fiona Wood, Fred Hollows, Patrick McGorry and John Yu

Portrait of Mrs Sarah Fairfax, c. 1864

Edwin Dalton
Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Barbara Blackman, 2008

Gorgi Dimcevski
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Barbara Blackman 2009

Carte-o-mania!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Drawn from the NPG’s burgeoning collection of cartes de visite, Carte-o-mania! celebrates the wit, style and substance of the pocket-sized portraits that were taken and collected like crazy in post-goldrush Australia.

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown (detail), 2006 (printed 2020) © Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love stories

Family, friends, fanatics and foes (and everything in between!)
Current exhibition

Reconnect and reflect with our new major exhibition, Australian Love Stories (in real life!) as we explore love, affection and connection in all its guises.

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling], c. 1859

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Florence Cardell-Oliver,

Broothorn Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper laid on photography studio backing board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Chris Nielsen 2016

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

Kylie, 2004

Kylie

An Exhibition
Previous exhibition, 2005

Kylie Minogue, one of Australia's most famous cultural exports is now the subject of her own exhibition.

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.

Sid Myer AM

Foundation members announced

18 May 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The newly-established National Portrait Gallery Foundation met for its inaugural meeting last Friday 15 May in Canberra.

Top of their game

Nobel Laureates
General content

Macfarlane Burnet and Patrick White

Bride, 2015 by Abdul Abdullah

Observation point

Magazine article by Abdul Abdullah, 2015

I wanted to be a journalist. I was very idealistic and I had a big chip on my shoulder. I wanted to investigate the human condition, drawing attention to those in need with the hope of someday effecting positive change.

Ben Chifley, n.d.

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

Nolan Heads

Previous exhibition, 2001

Nolan Heads will focus on the portraiture of one of Australia's most original painters and one of the few to have achieved an international reputation

Nat Young, c. 1968 by Albert Falzon

Arcadia media information

31 July 2014
Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

The Dipper

The Dipper

Moustaches

One of the versions of thick, macho moustache strongly associated in the Australian visual lexicon with sportsmen of the 1970s and 80s.

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

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.

Fred Hilmer, 2018

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Andy Thomas

'When I grow up I want to be an astronaut'
Portrait story

An interview with Australian astronaut, Dr. Andy Thomas, who describes the experience of space travel.

Inner Worlds

Portraits and Psychology
Previous exhibition, 2011

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

Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860

Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962

Victor Greenhalgh
Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Bunting in honour of Sir John Bunting and the Menzies Foundation 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850

an unknown artist
Portrait, hand-coloured photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Charles Summers, late 1860s

Batchelder & Co. Photo
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

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.

Kerry Walker, c. 1979

Stuart Campbell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Arcadia learning resource

Learning resources

A great addition to themes such as Australian History, Sport, Australian Studies, Cultural Studies, English and Visual Arts. For Year 9 – 12 students.

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

Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE, 2007

Jude Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mr Anthony Adair and Ms Karen MacLeod 2007

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.

Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842

Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

Richard Henry Horne, mid 1860s

Batchelder & Co. Photo
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

William Robertson, 1866

Thomas Adams Hill
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

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

This airport’s gone to the dogs

Nearest & Dearest

Right-hound man

Christos Tsiolkas, 1998 (printed 2009) John Tsiavis

Intense identity

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Chistopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian author Christos Tsiolkas taken by John Tsiavis.

Mark Strizic

A Journey in Photography
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Self portrait, 1971

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Diana de Kessler 2009

Sid Myer AM

Foundation Members

Foundation

Chairman Mr Sid Myer AM, Mrs Marilyn Darling AC, Mr Tim Fairfax AC, Mr John Liangis, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Mr Ross Adler AC, and Mr Tim Bednall.

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

Heads of the People

A Portrait of Colonial Australia
Previous exhibition, 2000

For Tom Roberts - Australia's best nineteenth-century portrait painter - neither a proto-national portrait gallery nor more popular collections of portrait heads, were sufficient public celebrations for the notables of Australian history

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878

A & G Taylor
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Margaret Robertson, c. 1852

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, 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

Margaret Robertson, c. 1863

Batchelder & O'Neill
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

Bathing woman, Bridlington, c.1825 by John Dempsey

Allow me to introduce...

General content

These full-length figures in watercolour, gouache and pencil date mostly from the 1820s, and almost all come from the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart.

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.

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940
	 by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton

Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2005

Accomplished illustrator, painter, writer and diarist, set designer and one of the most distinguished photographers of the twentieth century, Cecil Beaton is renowned for his portraits of well known faces from the worlds of fashion, literature, and film.

Rick Amor

21 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2014

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

Sidney Nolan, 1964

Axel Poignant
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Flash

Australian Athletes in Focus
Previous exhibition, 2006

Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

Essington Lewis, 1952

William Dargie
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

King Edward VII, 1910 by George Lambert

Of Kings and men

Celebrating 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection
Previous exhibition, 2011

This display celebrates 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection and its role in commissioning portraits of parliamentary and judicial figures in Australia.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous

Karin Catt Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

Rennie Ellis

Aussies All
Previous exhibition, 2006

Rennie Ellis: Aussies All is a celebration of the life and work of the late Australian photographer Rennie Ellis.

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828

Thomas Phillips
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Self portrait as Sarah Wisse, Transported, 1996

Margaret Woodward
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Karmel family in memory of Lena and Peter Karmel 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Roy and HG: John Doyle as Roy Slaven (L) and Grieg Pickhaver as HG Nelson: in studio (radio), c. 1990 Reproduced by permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Library Sales. © 1990 ABC

Relationship boundaries breed marathon success

Nearest & Dearest

A bromance in banter

Self portrait, 1970 by Matthew Perceval

Portrait Paintings by Matthew Perceval

Previous exhibition, 2007

From 1967 until 1981 Matthew Perceval lived and painted in France and during those years produced a large body of portrait paintings.

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.

Hal Hattam, 1960

Fred Williams
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Hattam family in memory of Hal and Kate Hattam 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Abigail Varney

The inside story

General content

The photographers reveal the technical side of their work and reflect on changes in their profession. Now everyone has a camera in their pocket, is everyone a photographer? What is it like to sustain a career as a photographer in the entertainment industry? How do you work with celebrity subjects, negotiate the complex logistics of big shoots, and create captivating portraits under pressure?

Gloria Petyarre by R. Ian Lloyd

Studio

Australian Painters Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd
Previous exhibition, 2007

Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R

Reputedly Elizabeth Macarthur, 1785-1790 Unknown

The most material advantages

Devotion

A one-in-a-thousand woman

Sketches and sermons

Magazine article by Jessica Smith, 2009

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

Open Air

Portraits in the Landscape
Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

Clem Seale and Robert Emerson Curtis, c. 1944

Max Dupain
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

In its second year at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the first time touring to other venues, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 continues to present surprising perspectives on the nature of contemporary portrait photography.

Portrait of George Selth Coppin, c. 1895-1899

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on cedar panel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds donated by Mary Isabel Murphy 2004

Terry Snow and China, 2017

Jude Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Justin Garrick and Ms Dharini Ganesan Rasu, Mr Dino Nikias & Mrs Dimitra Nikias, Mr Jim Windeyer, Ms Claudia Hyles, Mrs Sotiria Liangis OAM and Mr John Liangis, Justice Mary Finn, Mr Bill Farmer AO and Mrs Elaine Farmer, Mr Tim Efkarpidis, Mr Bob Nattey and Mrs Charlotte Nattey, Ms Jennifer Bott AO, Mr Keith Bradley, Dr Sam Whittle and Mrs Heather Whittle 2017

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

The rose, 1927

The World of Thea Proctor

Previous exhibition, 2005

The World of Thea Proctor is the Portrait Gallery's second major biographical exhibition - that is, the second exhibition to focus exclusively on the life and work of a single individual

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years

18 October 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions.

Lieutenant King, 1789

J. Wright, William Skelton
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Jane Franklin, c. 1866-1875

an unknown artist after Thomas Bock
Portrait, carved marble relief

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The Streetons’ rich serenade

Passion

If music be the food of love

Self portrait, c.1900

Reflection

Magazine article by Michael Rosen, 2013

British novelist and poet, Michael Rosen, weaves a tale about his early encounters with creativity and the self-portrait of a childhood friend.

POL

Portrait of a Generation
Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Googie Withers, 1962

Don Bachardy
Portrait, pen and ink, brush and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Fanny Jane Marlay, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new annual prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

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.

Carl Cooper, 1945-1946

Arthur Boyd AC OBE
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Alan Boxer 2014

Australian of the Year

Inspiring a Nation
Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

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

Lady Franklin, c. 1850

A. & S. Ltd after Amélie Romilly
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Robert Henderson Croll, 1927

Frederick George Reynolds
Portrait, oil on canvas on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Grietje Croll in memory of her late husband Robert Devereaux Croll and with the endorsement of his daughter Helen Croll 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers, 1869

S Calvert, Gibbs, Shallard and Co. after O.R. Campbell
Portrait, colour wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830

Richard Read Jnr
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010)

Bill McAuley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Mirror With A Memory

Photographic Portraiture in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2000

This is the first major exhibition to examine photographic portraiture in Australia, from its beginnings in the early 1840s to the present day

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.

Walking in Tall Grass, Marion 2, 2011 by Jan Nelson

Jan Nelson

More about In the flesh artists

Jan Nelson was born in Melbourne. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1983 and has been exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia since that time including at the MCA, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.

Portrait of Deborah Vernon Hackett, c. 1908

Florence Ada Fuller
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2005

2015-17 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

From 2015 to 2017 the Acquisition Fund was focussed on Reg Richardson AM by Mitch Cairns, a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2014, and a great example of minimalist portraiture.

George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

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Portrait of Andrew Garran, c 1895

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on cedar panel

On loan from the Garran family

Sydney Ancher, c. 1962

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

Angus Trumble and David Hansen

National Portrait Gallery Director's tenure ends in triumph

30 November 2018
Archived media releases 2018

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble is ending his five-year tenure with a flourish, after announcing that Gallery publication Dempsey’s People: A Folio of British Street Portraits 1824-1844 has been awarded the 2018 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

The soul surfer’s manifesto

Passion

Barrels, bliss and brotherhood

Kate Hattam, 1956

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on board

Purchased 2006

Robert Emerson Curtis, 1943

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

Self portrait, 1988

Sidney Nolan
Portrait, oil on composition board

Gift of Hon RL Hunter QC 2006. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Frederick Cato, 1932

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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.

William Robertson jnr, 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

William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1857-1858

Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

All there in black and white

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

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

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

Making Portraits

Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions
Previous exhibition, 2004

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

Sir George Ferguson Bowen, c. 1873

Bardwell's Royal Studio
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Announcing.... In their own words

24 November 2020
Media

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

Honour board

Support your Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges and thanks all its supporters.

Yvonne Audette, Vaucluse, Sydney, 1968 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Reg Grundy, 1992 (cast 2003)

Nigel Boonham
Portrait, cast bronze on marble base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr John Chambers 2003

Ina Gregory, c. 1895

E. Phillips Fox
Portrait, conte crayon, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Zelman Cowen, c. 1977

Ray Crooke AM
Portrait, pencil and oil on canvas laid on chipboard

Gift of David Crooke 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Self portrait (Full Length in front of Easel), 1901-1902

Hugh Ramsay
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of John Oswald Wicking 2003

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

Sir Robert Garran, 1922

Bernard Hall
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Garran 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

William Walford, c. 1873

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

Brian Cadd, 1973

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Harold Holt, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, graphite on paper

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

La Perouse, 1830s

Thomas Woolnoth, William Mackenzie, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London & New York
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The Payne family, 1888-1889

A. Flegeltaub
Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

James Iyuna, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Sir Zelman Cowen, 1982

Andrew Sibley
Portrait, pencil, brush and ink on paper

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

Tim Storrier, 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

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

Australian Love Stories

4 January 2021
Media

A major new exhibition celebrating love in all its guises. Opening 20 March 2021.

The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004

Rick Amor
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Roslyn, 2016

Sally Ross
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased 2017

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

Jacques Arago, c. 1830s

Nicolas Maurin, Alexandre Sixdeniers
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

William Beach, 1888

an unknown artist
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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.

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.

Self portrait with gladioli, 1922

George Lambert
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Schaeffer AO 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

My Favourite Australian

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2009

The Australian public was invited in 2008 to vote for their favourite Australian.  After the votes were tallied an exhibition of the top-ten Popular Australians and the top-twenty unsung heroes was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

101 photographic portraits

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Pat Corrigan's generous gift of 100 photographic portraits by Greg Weight.

Jane Campion, 2009

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001

Rick Amor
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2002

Grazia Gunn, 2014

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2015

Max Dupain

The Vintage Years
Previous exhibition, 2003

During his long and distinguished career Max Dupain took thousands of photographs of people

Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, c. 1870

Batchelder & Co. Photo
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Sir James Gobbo, 1983

Paul Fitzgerald
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995

David Naseby
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Inside Heide’s lives

It's Complicated

Happiness to heartache

Mary Ware, c. 1854

Robert Dowling
Portrait, oil on canvas on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy and Rosalind Blair Murphy 2014

No shirt, no service

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Bon Scott and Angus Young photographed by Rennie Ellis are part of a display celebrating summer and images of the shirtless male.

Lord Florey, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

George Milpurrurru, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Arthur Boyd, 1962

Axel Poignant
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837

Antoine Maurin
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

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

Guy Pearce, 2000 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

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

Noni Hazlehurst, 1977 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Tim Fairfax, 2018

Russell Shakespeare
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, 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.

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

Portrait of Augustus Leopold Küper, 1823

Johann Paul Georg Fischer
Portrait, watercolour over pencil on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Who's that?

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond discusses the iconic picture of two Rugby League players which became known as 'The Gladiators'.

Judy Cassab

The artist's diary
Previous exhibition, 2013

The artist's diary profiles six decades of Cassab's work, from the early portrait commissions of the 1950s to later paintings that have helped confirm her eminent place in the canon of Australian portraiture.

Leigh Bowery in Fur Coat, c. 1983 (printed 2005)

David Gwinnutt
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Peter Allen, 1980

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Geoffrey Legge and Frank Watters, 2008

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Sir William Deane 2008, 2008

Merilyn Fairskye
Portrait, Blu-Ray digital video, colour, sound, duration 2 minutes, 47 seconds

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005

Dean Beletich
Portrait, silver gelatin photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sarah Simpson, c. 1866

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Wan Lan, Xini, Shen Jiawei and Billy, 2010

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Parking

Plan your visit

Parking is available in our underground carpark every day of the week. Fees apply Monday to Friday.

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.

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Donors

$10,000 - $49,999
Honour board

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

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

Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000

Wes Walters
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy

Gary Grealy wins National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

31 March 2017
Archived media releases 2017

After months of anticipation, the winner for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 has been announced with renowned Sydney portrait photographer Gary Grealy taking out the award. George Fetting, guest judge for the 2017 Prize, was entranced with the evocative nature of the winning portrait Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay.

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Two gentlemen celebrating a birthday (Frank Watters and Geoffrey Legge), 1974

Bob Jenyns
Portrait, painted wood, denim, wool, plastic, 10 candles

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

George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Barton and Watson, 1902

G. H. Dancey
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

Roy de Mastre, c. 1930

An Intimate Portrait of an Australian Artist in 1930

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

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

Feel the music

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman discusses the portrait of Australian composer Paul Grabowsky by photographer Martin Philbey.

Portrait of TERROIR, 2009 by Brett Boardman

TERROIR

General content

TERROIR directors Gerard Reinmuth, Scott Balmforth and Richard Blythe believe that the practice of architecture is the production of knowledge.

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.

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.

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.

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

31 August 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and all the Staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Founding Patron, who died peacefully in Melbourne this morning. He was 94.

Leigh Bowery, 1984

Robyn Beeche
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Claudia Hyles, Dr Christiane Lawin-Bruessel, Gwenda Matthews, Gael Newton, Anne O'Hehir, Susan Smith and Dominic Thomas in memory of our friend, Robyn Beeche 2016

Julia Gillard, 2013

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013

Portrait of Frank Lowy AC, 2014

Paul Newton
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Joan Kirner, c. 1990

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

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.

Geoff Cousins, 2017

David Naseby
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Geoff Cousins AM 2007

George Judah Cohen, 1925

George Lambert
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the National Australia Bank 2002

Sir Edward Holden, 1945

Leslie Bowles
Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of John J Holden 2005

Mary Tindale, 1841

Maurice Felton
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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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 Hilmer, 2018

by Evert Ploeg
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

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

Jean Shepeard
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton, 2016

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with the assistance of funds provided by Janet Whiting AM, Philip Lukies and Antonia Syme 2016

Florence Austral, c. 1930

Howard Barron
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the University of Newcastle (Australia) 2007

Portrait of Robert Klippel, 1980

Yvonne Audette AM
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

A magnificent rivalry

Australia's America's Cup challengers
General content

Alexander (Jock) Sturrock and Alan Bond

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Supporters

$5,000 - $9,999
Honour board

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-1855

George Richmond
Portrait, copperplate engraving on buff paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939

Albert Tucker
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Master Johnny Day, Australian Champion Pedestrian, c. 1866

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Clara Crosbie, aged 12 years, now on exhibition at the Australian Waxworks, c. 1885

Carrington Photo Galleries
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

Bern Emmerichs video: 4 minutes

Bern Emmerichs

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Melbourne
Works: Melbourne

The Good Doctor

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr Sarah Engledow describes the achievements of internationally renowned burns and trauma surgeon Professor Fiona Wood.

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins, Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, Rupert Myer AO and Annabel Myer, Louise and Martyn Myer Foundation, Peter and Ruth McMullin, Diana Carlton, Professor Derek Denton AC, Harold Mitchell AC, Peter Jopling AM QC, Andrew and Liz Mackenzie, Patricia Patten, Tamie Fraser AO, Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, Lauraine Diggins, Steven Skala AO and Lousje Skala 2017

Australians in Hollywood

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2003

The exhibition Australians in Hollywood celebrated the achievements of Australians in the highly competitive American film industry.

Michael Leunig, 2004

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Portrait of David Dridan, 1992

Brian Dunlop
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Dridan OAM 2017

Drawing Australia

Drawing power

Magazine article by Eileen Adams, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery joins the Big Draw, a program dedicated to promoting drawing as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.

Oz Elsewhere

Get me outta here
General content

While the blues-inspired hard guitar riffs of Australian pub rock were shaping tastes, a number of artists were developing music primed for success on the international stage.

Copeman, gardener, Great Yarmouth by John Dempsey

Calling all family history buffs

3 July 2017
Archived media releases 2017

The National Portrait Gallery is calling on family history enthusiasts and amateur historians to tell it more about the people in its new show, Dempsey’s People: A folio of British street portraits from 1824-1844.

Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s)

Charles Woolley
Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Allanah Dopson & Nicholas Heyward 2009

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David

Harold David Takes out the People’s Choice Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize

8 June 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The votes are in and the National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake by Harold David is the people’s choice for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018.

Eric Bana, 2006 (printed 2012)

Andrew Maccoll
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2012

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.

Self portrait, 1786 by John Kay

Alternative virtue

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour presents John Kay’s portraits of a more infamous side of Edinburgh.

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

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980

Graeme Inson
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

A guy from Paris

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

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

The tennis player (Ken Rosewall), 2010

Sinead Davies
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814

Thomas Phillips
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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.

Gallery unveils Portrait of Mark Ella

12 May 2016
Archived media releases 2016

Last night in Sydney, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of Australian sporting legend Mark Ella AM.

Betty Burstall, 1945

Arthur Boyd AC OBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF, c. 1872

Bardwell's Royal Studio
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

The highest honour

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Bringing eminent scientist Frank Fenner and artist Jude Rae together for the National Portrait Gallery commission was like matchmaking.

Charles (still from video)  by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

The Winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 is...

2 December 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The winner of the Digital Portraiture Award 2016 has been announced. Congratulations to Amiel Courtin-Wilson for his submission titled Charles.

Matepai c. 1929-32

Missionary positions

Magazine article by Stella Ramage, 2016

Stella Ramage on Father McHardy’s Bougainville portraiture.

The family, c. 1955

Charles Blackman OBE
Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Barbara Blackman 2000. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Honourable Bob Hawke savouring a strawberry milkshake, 2017 by Harold David

The intellectual larrikin

Magazine article by Barrie Cassidy, 2019

Barrie Cassidy pays textured tribute to the inimitable Bob Hawke.

Nancy Bird Walton, c. 1973

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Nancy Bird Walton AO OBE 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Billy the match man, Liverpool, 1844 by John Dempsey

Rare Set of Watercolour Paintings on Display for the First Time

15 June 2017
Archived media releases 2017

A rare and enchanting collection of 52 portraits of British street people will be on display for the first time in the National Portrait Gallery’s winter show, Dempsey’s People: a folio of British street portraits 1824-1844.

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, 1975

Mervyn Bishop
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

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

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.

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Younger Australians more engaged with arts and history

11 April 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The second annual brand-awareness snapshot of the National Portrait Gallery is again positive, with indicators moving in the right direction – for the Gallery and for Australia’s cultural engagement.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board

Jill Ker Conway, 1987

Sarah Belchetz-Swenson
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2001

Dan the man

Magazine article by India Bednall, 2015

Martin Philbey’s portrait of Dan Sultan.

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932

Samuel Woolf
Portrait, charcoal heightened with white chalk

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

Pretty in peach

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008
It's remarkable that the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond has produced two of Australia's most successful opera singers. Three decades apart, but within a short distance of each other, both Helen Porter Mitchell and Florence Wilson were born.

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

George Selth Coppin, c. 1863

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838

Edmund Edgar
Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Ambrose Patterson, 1901-1902

Hugh Ramsay
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of John Oswald Wicking 2003

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860

Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

Ken Catchpole, 2014

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2014

Soffritto di Lucio, 2009

Garry Shead and Adrienne Levenson
Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lucio Galletto OAM 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Clara Crosbie, c. 1885

Arthur William Burman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866

Fredrick Charles Burman
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

James Ford, 1979 by Robert Mapplethorpe

Apollo's breath

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman delights in the intimacy of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography

Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson at Hamelin Pool, 2013 by Matt Nettheim

Hump days

Magazine article by Jessica Bolton, 2017

Jessica Bolton navigates the parallel tracks documenting Robyn Davidson’s astonishing journey.

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
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Wendy Bowman, 2019 David Darcy

The People’s Choice Awards

16 June 2020
Media

The votes have been counted, and the winners of the National Portrait Gallery’s People’s Choice Awards for the Prize exhibitions are...

Frank Lowy, 1998 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

A bond of friendship

Magazine article by Yvonne Audette AM, 2005

Australia's major abstract painter Yvonne Audette discusses her portrait of sculptor Robert Kippel.

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

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

Self portrait, 1870

William H. Bardwell
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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.

Arcadia: Sound of the sea

Exhibition introduction
General content

One night in the spring of 1970 in an old house in Whale Beach, north of Sydney, John Witzig, Albe Falzon and David Elfick put together the first issue of Tracks, playing Neil Young’s album Harvest over and over again as they pasted up galleys of type.

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

A Meeting of Great Minds

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The story behind Rick Amor's portrait of Professor Peter Doherty.

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

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

Untitled, Conductors, Tramways series, 1990 © Matt Nettheim

Back track

About Face article

Penelope Grist finds photographer Matt Nettheim re-visiting a formative and fulfilling career tram stop.

George Barrington, c.1785

Celebrity cutpurse

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2010

Grace Carroll discusses the portrait of the late-eighteenth century gentleman pickpocket George Barrington.

Start Your Engines...

Magazine article by Catherine McDonough, 2006

The bronze sculpture by Julie Edgar reflects through both the material and representation the determined and straight-forward nature of Brabham. 

Martha Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Robert Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

The Story So Far...

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

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

Friends and Acquaintances

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr. Sarah Engledow discusses a collection of drawings and prints by the Victorian artist Rick Amor acquired in 2005.

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?

Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987

Aussies all

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

The exhibition Aussies all features the ecclectic portrait photography of Rennie Ellis which captures Australian life during the 70s and 80s.

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.

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

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

Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell

The essence of you

Magazine article by Lee Tulloch, 2011

Lee Tulloch remembers her great friend NIDA-trained actor turned photographer Stuart Campbell.

The Rays, 1970 
Raindance Corporation, Frank Gillette, Michael Shamberg, Paul Ryan

Post digital

Magazine article by Tegan Mcauley, 2015

Tegan McAuley looks at the evolution of video portraiture.

How to be a boy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Christopher Chapman profiles Chris Lilley, actor and creator of Angry Boys.

Tim Fairfax, 2018

by Russell Shakespeare
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

Director John Duigan and actor Judy Davis on the set of ‘Winter of our Dreams’, Sydney, 1981 by Robert McFarlane

Natural born stiller

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist speaks to Robert McFarlane about shooting for the stars.

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.

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.

It's a Mora!

Magazine article by Tedi Bills, 2016

Select extracts from Mirka Mora's autobiography, Wicked but Virtuous, provide rich accompaniment to recent Gallery acquisitions.  

Gail Kelly, 2018

by Paul Newton
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

Andrew Gaze, 2018

by George Fetting
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

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.

Velasquez Touch

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers, explores the creative collaborations between four Australian artists living in Paris during the first years of the twentieth century.

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

by Jacqui Stockdale
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862

Stephen Edward Nixon
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

spaces between movement and stillness

Harriet Schwarzrock: spaces between movement and stillness

10 February 2021
Media

To celebrate the new exhibition Australian Love Stories, renowned Australian glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock has been commissioned to make a large-scale installation reflecting on the role the heart plays as our emotional centre.

Woman with Fair Hair and Pink Cardigan, 1949 by John Perceval.

The family scene

Magazine article, 2016

Traudi Allen discovers sensitivity, humour and fine draughtsmanship in the portraiture of John Perceval.

Old Blighty

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2016

Angus Trumble ponders the many faces of William Bligh.

Themes and variations (Annelies) A13, 1946

Listening to form

Magazine article by Jane Kinsman, 2007

National Gallery of Australia curator Jane Kinsman discusses the portraiture of Henri Matisse.

Portrait of Troppo Architects, 2009

Thinking about architecture and portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Christopher Chapman describes the experimental exhibition Portraits + Architecture

Nancy Bird Walton, c. 1938

The aviatrix

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the extraordinary life of Australian female aviator Nancy Bird Walton AO OBE

The 1950s to the present day

Mo and beard timeline

Certain European leaders (needless to name) had the effect of making certain styles of facial hair decidedly undesirable in the years immediately after World War 2.

Equation of a life – a portrait of Derek Denton

9 September 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The National Portrait Gallery, has welcomed the newest portrait commission of Emeritus Professor Derek Denton AC by Evert Ploeg.

Janet Dawson, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Janet Dawson

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When soulmates Janet Dawson and Michael Boddy moved from Sydney to a property, Boddy was clear about why: ‘Our marriage is one long conversation - we moved to the bush so we could talk to each other without so many interruptions.’

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.

Karee Kayvon, 2006

Virtual lives

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2007

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

Mary (or Diana) Croker, mat woman, Colchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

Dempsey’s People curator David Hansen chronicles a research tale replete with serendipity, adventure and Tasmanian tigers.

The 1890s to the 1940s

Mo and beard timeline

Although the tough, weathered, hard-drinking bushmen of the kind mythologised by writers like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson are popularly associated with the character of late nineteenth century Australia, it was also a time when alternative ideas about identity began to come into play.

Face the music

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2005

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

The line of fire

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2005

Michelle Fracaro examines the life of World War II nurse Margaret Anderson, whose portrait by Napier Waller is in the NPG collection.

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.

Suave

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Charles Haddon Chambers the Australian-born playboy playwright settled permanently in London in 1880 but never lost his Australian stance when satirising the English.

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.

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.

Off the wall

Magazine article by John Witzig, 2008
Photographer and surf mag editor John Witzig tells the stories behind his iconic surf images.

Courage, Self-analysis and Skill

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2002

The story behind George Lambert's Self-portrait with Gladioli.

The National Portrait Prizes

29 January 2020
Media

The National Portrait Gallery today announced finalists for the inaugural Darling Portrait Prize, a national new $75,000 prize for Australian portrait painting, and released selected images from the final prize pool for the popular National Photography Portrait Prize.

Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

Magazine article by Patrick McCaughey, 2015

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

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.

Mental as everything

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2006

Chris O'Doherty, also known as Reg Mombassa, is best-known for his Mambo imagery but he also paints a lot of self portraits.

Big shots

Magazine article by Djon Mundine OAM, 2017

Djon Mundine OAM brings poignant memory and context to Martin van der Wal’s 1986 portrait photographs of storied Aboriginal artists.

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.

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

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.

Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon

The existential lens

Magazine article by Stephen Zagala, 2013

Stephen Zagala discusses Richard Avedon’s work from an Australian perspective.

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.

Picture this...

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This edited version of a speech by Andrew Sayers examines some of the antecedents of the National Portrait Gallery and set out the ideas behind the modern Gallery and its collection.

Chance encounter

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of one of Melbourne's early socialites, Jessie Eyre Williams.

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

Hired guns, bounty hunters and horse whisperers

Magazine article by Jude Rae, 2016

Jude Rae contemplates the portrait commission.

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

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.

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.

Doodles of the Diva

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Three tiny sketches of Dame Nellie Melba in the NPG collection were created by the artist who was to go on to paint the most imposing representation of the singer: Rupert Bunny.

Self portrait, 1970

Painters' paradise

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2007

Andrew Sayers feels the warmth in the paintings Matthew Perceval made while the sun shone in southern France.

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.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Through thick and thin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow likes the manifold mediums of Nicholas Harding’s portraiture.