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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.

Bare Tarragh 2017 Keith Burt

Observation point

Magazine article by Keith Burt, 2020

I have always loved portraits; there is something magical about the combination of the terrain of a face, the angle of a head, and the pose of a body.

Keith Miller
Keith Miller
Keith Miller

Keith Miller, early 1950s (printed 2008)

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2008

Jan Senbergs
Jan Senbergs
Jan Senbergs

Jan Senbergs, 1976

Keith Looby
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Padraic McGuinness 2001
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Keith Murdoch
Sir Keith Murdoch
Sir Keith Murdoch

Sir Keith Murdoch, 1944

Danila Vassilieff
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Serafin Martinez and Thai Loi 2013

David Combe and the portrait
David Combe and the portrait
David Combe and the portrait

David Combe and the portrait, 1983

Keith Looby
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Combe 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Keith Urban
Keith Urban
Keith Urban

Keith Urban, 2007

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2011

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Keith Laught, 1951

Geoffrey Shedley
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Mary Shedley, Mrs Christine Moriarty, Mrs Josephine Lawrence and Mrs Helen Beare 2010

"Candidate for Chelsea" 9th Earl of Kintore (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1880

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The Seekers reunite 50 years on
The Seekers reunite 50 years on
The Seekers reunite 50 years on

The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011

Helen Edwards
Portrait, synthetic polymer on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Seekers
The Seekers
The Seekers

The Seekers, 1993

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne
Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne
Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne

Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c. 1968

Robert Whitaker
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Portrait 64

Summer 2019/20
Magazine

Marian Anderson, emerging photographer Charles Dennington, piscatorial portraits, and the poignant path of photographer Polixeni Papapetrou and more.

The Barassi

The Barassi

Moustaches

Otherwise known as the ‘Pool Cleaner’ or the ‘Porn Star’ moustache.

Keith Urban

Match made in entertainment heaven

Passion

When the stars align

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch, 2005

Ben Baker
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China
Terry Snow and China

Terry Snow and China, 2017

Jude Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The story behind the commissioning of the tapesty portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.

Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins)
Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins)
Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins)

Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins), 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased 2009

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch
Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, 2000

Australian Tapestry Workshop, Merrill Dumbrell, Christopher Pyett, Normana Wight
Portrait, warp: cotton No.12 seinetwine; weft: wool and cotton

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2000

Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree
Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree
Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree

Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree, 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

Ann Moyal
Ann Moyal
Ann Moyal

Ann Moyal, 1957

Pamela Thalben-Ball
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Ann Moyal 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait of Cate Blanchett

The transparent mask

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Cate Blanchett and the art of acting in Rosetzky’s digital portrait.

Sir Tristan Antico
Sir Tristan Antico
Sir Tristan Antico

Sir Tristan Antico, 1993 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2018

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

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

Annette Kellerman

Indecent exposure

Annette Kellerman
Previous exhibition, 2011

'Diving Venus' and 'the perfect woman' are two of the numerous descriptions applied to Annette Kellerman, who achieved international fame during the early decades of the twentieth century.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

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.

Reg Richardson AM

2015-17 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

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.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

NPPP 2013 exhibition essay

General content

Joanna Gilmour, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2013 Prize.

Yhonnie and Indiana, 2012

Surface tension

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour on the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill

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.

Johnny O'Keefe

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

Hilda Heley, 2015 Peter Wegner

Drawn from life

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2021

Penelope Grist discovers the rich narratives in Peter Wegner’s series of centenarian portraits.

Ann Moyal

The elegant thinker

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2020

Sarah Engledow pens a fond farewell to acclaimed science historian Ann Moyal.

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.

Andy Thomas

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.

Camouflage self portrait, 1986

Hide/Seek

Magazine article by David Ward, 2010

David Ward writes about the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture on display at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington.

Betty Bryant, c. 1939

The life of Bryant

Magazine article by Tenille Hands, 2018

Tenille Hands explores a portrait prize gifted to the National Screen and Sound Archive.

Portrait of a Young Man, 1478

Emblems of beauty

Magazine article by Keith Christiansen, 2012

Keith Christiansen introduces the exhibition The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Portrait sketch of Nellie Melba

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.

Portrait of Elizabeth Gould with a raptor, possibly a red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus), painted in her lifetime Artist unknown

Birds of a feather

Magazine article by Annette Twyman, 2021

Charting a path from cockatiel to finch, Annette Twyman explores her family portraits and stories.

John Monash

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

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

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation

Lecture, 28 May 2011
General content

Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits

Exhibition essay
General content

Sarah Engledow looks at three decades of Nicholas Harding's portraiture.

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