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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.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1860 Rui Hoffmann
Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1860 Rui Hoffmann
Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1860 Rui Hoffmann

Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1860 Rui Hoffmann

Portrait, lithograph on India laid paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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

Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

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

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

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire
William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire
William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire

William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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Dr Virginia Hooker, 1996 Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell

Portrait, etching

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

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler
Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler
Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler
Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler
Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler

Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Joseph Brown, 1980 Brian Dunlop
Joseph Brown, 1980 Brian Dunlop
Joseph Brown, 1980 Brian Dunlop

Joseph Brown, 1980 Brian Dunlop

Portrait, watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Joseph Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson
Joseph Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson
Joseph Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson

Joseph Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joseph Mathew Cotta and Gladys Maria Cotta 2016

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley
Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley
Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

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

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

Portrait, etching, hand-coloured on paper

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

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

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe
Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team) H Parker Rolfe

Joe Darling (Joseph Darling, member of the 1896 Australian Cricket Team), 1896 H Parker Rolfe

Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

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

Joseph Cotta, 1983-84 Janet Dawson
Joseph Cotta, 1983-84 Janet Dawson
Joseph Cotta, 1983-84 Janet Dawson

Joseph Cotta, 1983-84 Janet Dawson

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The Botanic Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly
The Botanic Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly
The Botanic Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly

The Botanic Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The Fly Catching Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly
The Fly Catching Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly
The Fly Catching Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly

The Fly Catching Macaroni (Sir Joseph Banks), 1772 Matthias Darly

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Ben Chifley, n.d. Max Dupain
Ben Chifley, n.d. Max Dupain
Ben Chifley, n.d. Max Dupain

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

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

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

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

Telphia, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Telphia, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Telphia, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Telphia, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips

Portrait, line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips
Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips
Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips

Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c. 1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c. 1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c. 1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c. 1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Ben Chifley, 1951 John Frith
Ben Chifley, 1951 John Frith
Ben Chifley, 1951 John Frith

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

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler
Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler
Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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Joe Darling (image plate from The Empire's Cricketers. London: Fine Art Society), 1905 Albert Chevallier Tayler

Portrait, chromolithograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

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

Sir Joseph Banks, 1811 William Daniell after George Dance

Portrait, soft ground etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson

Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

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

Joseph Banks and Dr Solander, 1778 an unknown artist

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret
Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret
Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret

Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800, 1800 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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

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

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

The last of England 1855

Pre-Raphaelite Profile

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

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

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Thrown together

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

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

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

To the end of the earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

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

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

The Quiet Australian

Magazine article by Brian Dale, 2001

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

Sir Joseph Banks, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon
Sir Joseph Banks, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon
Sir Joseph Banks, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon

Sir Joseph Banks, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Canberra 2000

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

A quiet moment

Magazine article by Helene Ladomirska, 2006

As Bryan Westwood’s portrait of Brian Dunlop hangs adjacent to Brian Dunlop’s portrait of the philanthropist Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, we see the artist of one work as the subject of the other. 

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

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

Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin
Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin
Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin

Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837 Antoine Maurin

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley
Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

The Hooker

The Hooker

Beards

Not unlike the style famously observed by Abraham Lincoln, the Hooker consists of a furry chinstrap, starting alongside the ears, clinging to the ridge of jawbone and joining at the chin.

The Greenwood

The Greenwood

Moustaches

Like the Barkly or the Hooker, the Greenwood is an eccentric facial hair mode that seems to have largely avoided being repurposed in contemporary times.

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
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
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

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

Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove
Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove
Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove

Joseph Paul Gaimard, c. 1830 De Bove

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Portrait 39 March - May 2011

Magazine

This issue features the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Neil Murray, Lee Tulloch on Stuart Campbell, Joseph Banks, Scott Redford and more.

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.

Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters
Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters
Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters

Arthur Boyd, c. 1982 Wes Walters

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Gladys Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson
Gladys Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson
Gladys Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson

Gladys Cotta, 1984 Janet Dawson

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joseph Mathew Cotta and Gladys Maria Cotta 2016

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

A photographer’s glamorous friends

Nearest & Dearest

Community, arts, activism

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

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

Portrait, silver medal

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

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

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

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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
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
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

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

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Hetti, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Beauty and strength Portraits by Michael Riley

Previous exhibition, 2014

Influential Indigenous Australian artist Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) created these portrait photographs between 1984 and 1990 - they stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment.

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Bringing down a kingdom

Lust

The king and the showgirl

Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton
Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton
Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton

Lieutenant King, 1789 J. Wright, William Skelton

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Dr Solander, 1772 an unknown artist

Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell
William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell
William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell

William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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

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

Portrait, engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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

"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

Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod
Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod
Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod

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

Robert Brown, c. 1835 Dario Castellini after Carlo Liverati
Robert Brown, c. 1835 Dario Castellini after Carlo Liverati
Robert Brown, c. 1835 Dario Castellini after Carlo Liverati

Robert Brown, c. 1835 Dario Castellini after Carlo Liverati

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi
Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi
Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi

Omai, A Native of Ulaietea, 1774 Nathaniel Dance, Francesco Bartolozzi

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Mary Ware, c. 1854 Robert Dowling
Mary Ware, c. 1854 Robert Dowling
Mary Ware, c. 1854 Robert Dowling

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

Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters
Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters
Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters

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

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)

Impressions Painting light and life

Previous exhibition, 2011

Impressions: Painting light and life presents portraits by, and of, artists at the heart of Australian impressionism including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.

Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Out of the blocks Early sporting fame

General content

Dawn Fraser, Lionel Rose, Shane Gould and Cathy Freeman

A G Stephens, c. 1910 (printed later) an unknown artist
A G Stephens, c. 1910 (printed later) an unknown artist
A G Stephens, c. 1910 (printed later) an unknown artist

A G Stephens, c. 1910 (printed later) an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Fred Hilmer, 2018 Evert Ploeg
Fred Hilmer, 2018 Evert Ploeg
Fred Hilmer, 2018 Evert Ploeg

Fred Hilmer, 2018 Evert Ploeg

Portrait, oil on linen

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

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber
William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber
William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

William Bligh, c. 1776 John Webber

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Portrait of Mary MacKillop c 1873

The Saint and the merchant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Emanuel Solomon gave shelter to the Sisters of St Joseph upon the excommunication of St Mary MacKillop.

Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore
Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000) David Moore

Ed Murrow, New York, 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.

Betty Burstall, 1945 Arthur Boyd

Arthur Boyd Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

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

Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF, c. 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio
Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF, c. 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio
Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF, c. 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio

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

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf
Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf
Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

Portrait, charcoal heightened with white chalk

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

William Johnson (1873—1948) by Percy Leason

Recognition Percy Leason's Aboriginal Portraits

Previous exhibition, 1999

Originally conceived as an anthropological record, Percy Leason’s powerful 1934 portraits of Victorian Aboriginal people are today considered to be a highlight of 20th century Australian portraiture

Lost Love – Waiting for midnight at the Long Distance Call Building on Chang-an Jie so I can call her, Beijing 1998, 2014 video: 2 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2014 22 August 2014

Archived media releases 2014

Press releases for media.

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

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Admiral Bligh, 1801 John Chapman
Admiral Bligh, 1801 John Chapman
Admiral Bligh, 1801 John Chapman

Admiral Bligh, 1801 John Chapman

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

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

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti & Campbell

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

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

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

Portrait, aquatint engraving on paper

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

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Sideshow Alley Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Fred Hilmer, 2018 Evert Ploeg

Fred Hilmer, 2018 by Evert Ploeg

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Louis XVI giving final instructions to the Comte de La Perouse, c. 1785

Sea legged frogs

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes some of the stories of the individuals and incidents that define French exploration of Australia and the Pacific.

Greek Orthodox Priest, 2015 by Sarah Ball

Hope for kindness

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

Sarah Engledow arrives at the junction of fate and hope in Sarah Ball’s poignant Immigrants series.

JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

Magazine article by Sandy Nairne, 2006

Lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, given at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on 28 April 2006.

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

The Changing Face of the Scientist

Magazine article by Elizabeth Finlay, 2003

Scientists tend to conjure up images of men in white coats in labs but this is just one stereotype in an evolving history of how we have perceived scientists, and how their profession has been understood over the years.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Sophisticated and glamorous

Magazine article by Amanda Rowell, 2015

Michael Riley’s early portraits by Amanda Rowell.

Pass to converse, 2003 by Melati Suryodarmo

Melati Suryodarmo by Hendro Wiyanto

Artist essays

Born in Surakarta (Solo), Indonesia in 1969, Melati Suryodarmo’s first degree was in international relations.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Sam and the Perfect World, 2005

The news from Washington

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2006

Australia's former Cultural Attache to the USA, Ron Ramsey, describes the mood at the opening week of the revitalised American National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Kate Hattam, 1956 Clifton Pugh

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.

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist

Mugshots

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong), 1893 Tom Roberts

An actress and her fans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr. Sarah Engledow discovers the amazing life of Ms. Hilda Spong, little remembered star of the stage, who was captured in a portrait by Tom Roberts.

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.

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

First encounters

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

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

Karl Robert, Count Nesselrode, 1818 by Sir Thomas Lawrence

The Lawrence lustre

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2019

Angus Trumble salutes the glorious portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence.

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, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

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

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

Rethinking foundational histories

Magazine article by Kate Fullagar, 2019

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

Nose, 2008–10 by William Kentridge

A nose by any other name

Magazine article by Jane Kinsman, 2013

In the exhibition William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa at the National Gallery of Australia, the artist marries Gogol's Tsarist Russia, with that of Stalin and the damaging history of his homeland, South Africa.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

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

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

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

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

High & Bligh

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

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

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

You beauty

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the fact and fictions surrounding the legendary life of Irish-born dancer Lola Montez.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

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.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

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It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

Madame du Barry, 1791 by Richard Cosway

Little women

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour looks beyond the ivory face of select portrait miniatures to reveal their sitters’ true grit.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-86 by 
John Singer Sargent

A feast of friends

Magazine article by Richard Ormond, 2015

John Singer Sargent: a painter at the vanguard of contemporary movements in music, literature and theatre.

Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock

Secure the shadow ere the substance fade

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

The tragic tale of Tom Wills, the ‘inventor’ of Australian Rules Football.

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

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

Cachasunghia, Osage Warrior 1804–06 by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin

Political profiles

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour examines the prolific output of Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, and discovers the risk of taking a portrait at face value.

The Rajah quilt, 1841 by Kezia Hayter

Material culture

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The Rajah Quilt’s narrative promptings are as intriguing as the textile is intricate.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

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

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