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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.

Olly's Trolly, Freddie's Brushes, 1989 Murray Walker
Olly's Trolly, Freddie's Brushes, 1989 Murray Walker
Olly's Trolly, Freddie's Brushes, 1989 Murray Walker

Olly's Trolly, Freddie's Brushes, 1989 Murray Walker

Portrait, monoprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath
Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath
Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath

Les Murray, 2003 Norman McBeath

Portrait, bromide fibre print

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Norman McBeath 2011

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Murray Tyrrell, 1978 (printed 2003) Jon Lewis
Murray Tyrrell, 1978 (printed 2003) Jon Lewis
Murray Tyrrell, 1978 (printed 2003) Jon Lewis

Murray Tyrrell, 1978 (printed 2003) Jon Lewis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby
Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004 John Elliott
Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004 John Elliott
Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004 John Elliott

Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Murray Rose, 1956 an unknown artist
Murray Rose, 1956 an unknown artist
Murray Rose, 1956 an unknown artist

Murray Rose, 1956 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams
Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams
Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams

Murray Bail, 1980-81 Fred Williams

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson
Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson
Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson

Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson

Portrait, pastel and watercolour on paper

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

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Murray Bail, c. 1980 (printed 2018) Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray
The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray
The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray

The Merioola Group, 1940s Alec Murray

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray
William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray
William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray

William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray

Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980 Fred Williams
Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980 Fred Williams
Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980 Fred Williams

Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980 Fred Williams

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lyn Williams AM 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Professor Gilbert Murray, OM, Oxford, c. 1957 (printed 2000) David Moore
Professor Gilbert Murray, OM, Oxford, c. 1957 (printed 2000) David Moore
Professor Gilbert Murray, OM, Oxford, c. 1957 (printed 2000) David Moore

Professor Gilbert Murray, OM, Oxford, c. 1957 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson

True fella

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond profiles the Australian songwriter and performer Neil Murray and his contribution to Australian music.

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

Poets' Portraits

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

The Portrait Gallery's paintings of two poets, Les Murray and Peter Porter, demonstrate two very different artists' responses to the challenge of representing more than usually sensitive and imaginative men.

Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838 John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838 John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838 John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence

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

Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan
Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan
Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan

Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles

Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles 2005

Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)

Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Dame Mary Gilmore, c. 1938 Lyall Trindall

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

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

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

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

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

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Portrait 16 June - August 2005

Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features portraits by Rick Amor, colonial charicatures, Les Murray, Peter Porter, Helen Garner and more.

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.

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

Sir John Hay, 1887 Freeman Brothers

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sydney Ancher, c. 1962 Max Dupain
Sydney Ancher, c. 1962 Max Dupain
Sydney Ancher, c. 1962 Max Dupain

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

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Portrait of Dame Roma Mitchell, n.d. Geoffrey Mainwaring

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of friends of Dame Roma Mitchell 2018

Dame Roma Mitchell, 1998 Jessica Hromas
Dame Roma Mitchell, 1998 Jessica Hromas
Dame Roma Mitchell, 1998 Jessica Hromas

Dame Roma Mitchell, 1998 Jessica Hromas

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Hammond Care Group 1999

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

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

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004 Rick Amor
The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004 Rick Amor
The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004 Rick Amor

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

Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol
Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol
Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol

Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Escape, 2006 by Eddy Collett

Headspace 7 Me and My Place

Previous exhibition, 2006

Headspace 7: Me and My Place, the seventh in the National Portrait Gallery's series of student exhibitions, will be presented at Commonwealth Place. Me and My Place is the curatorial theme for the 2006 exhibition.

Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans
Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans
Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955 Lina Bryans

Portrait, oil on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas
Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Kate Fitzpatrick, 1983 William Yang
Kate Fitzpatrick, 1983 William Yang
Kate Fitzpatrick, 1983 William Yang

Kate Fitzpatrick, 1983 William Yang

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich
Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich
Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005 Dean Beletich

Portrait, silver gelatin photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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

Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby
Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

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

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

Bob Ellis, 1999 David Naseby

Tribute Bob Ellis

Magazine article, 2016

Bob Ellis (1942–2016) was a journalist, columnist, screenwriter, film director, playwright, speechwriter and critic.

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.

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 by Peter Hudson

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley

All the world's a stage

General content

Joan Sutherland, Robert Helpmann and Raigh Roe

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
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
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

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

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

Thousand Mile Stare Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Self-portrait, 1973 by Noel Counihan

Of jumpers and river gums, red

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2016

Diana O’Neil on Noel Counihan’s vivid 1971 portrait of Alan Marshall.

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836 William Fernyhough

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

Songman, portrait of Kev Carmody, 2006 Peter Hudson

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

General content

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

Michael Kimmelman

Magazine article by Pamela Gray, 2002

Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic of The New York Times and author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere, presented the National Portrait Gallery Third Anniversary Lecture on 2 March 2002. He was generously brought to Australia by the Gordon Darling Foundation and Qantas.

Margaret Fulton, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

Masters of Fare Chefs, winemakers, providores

Previous exhibition, 2004

Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores celebrates men and women who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia, enriching our lives with new ideas and new flavours over the past forty years.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

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.

Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson
Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson
Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson

Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

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

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.

Leo Schofield, 2001 Brent Harris

Exhibition opening speech

General content

Leo Schofield introduces the exhibition, Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores.

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

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.

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.

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

To Look Within Self Portraits in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

Elizabeth (Murray) 2000

Extremely generous and incredibly close

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the daguerreotype portraits created by American artist Chuck Close.

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.

Installing David Walsh

On the road again

Magazine article by Dr Deborah Hill, 2017

Deborah Hill talks figures with character, as the National Portrait Gallery touring exhibitions program welcomes its millionth visitor.

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.

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

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.

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.

Barbara Blackman, c. 1953 an unknown artist

Life class

Magazine article by Leonie Hellmers, 2004

Barbara Blackman reflects on her experiences as a life model.

Writing on the Wall, 2019 Dr Christian Thompson AO

To arrive at hope NPPP 2020 exhibition essay

General content

Penelope Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2020 Prize.

Waterfall in Australia, c. 1830 by Augustus Earle

Augustus serendipitous

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

The London-born son of an American painter, Augustus Earle ended up in Australia by accident in January 1825. 

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change... NPPP 2017 exhibition essay

General content

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

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

Off grid

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

Aimee Board ventures within and beyond to consider two remarkable new Gallery acquisitions.

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Patrick Ryan, 1968 by Mark Strizic

The silent partner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

One half of the team that was Eltham Films left scarcely a trace in the written historical record, but survives in a vivid portrait.

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.

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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.