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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.

The Jester (Self Portrait) by Lionel Lindsay

'Comedy of Life'
Portrait story

A visual exploration of themes depicted in 'The Jester' by Lionel Lindsay.

Lionel Lindsay
Lionel Lindsay
Lionel Lindsay

Lionel Lindsay, 1928

C.H.
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The Jester (self portrait)
The Jester (self portrait)
The Jester (self portrait)

The Jester (self portrait), 1923

Lionel Lindsay
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sir Richard Kingsland AO CBE DFC 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ruby, Norman, Pearl, Percy, Reg, Bill Dyson and Mary in Creswick garden
Ruby, Norman, Pearl, Percy, Reg, Bill Dyson and Mary in Creswick garden
Ruby, Norman, Pearl, Percy, Reg, Bill Dyson and Mary in Creswick garden

Ruby, Norman, Pearl, Percy, Reg, Bill Dyson and Mary in Creswick garden, c. 1899

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

The Jester (self portrait)

Bloodlines

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Michelle Fracaro describes Lionel Lindsay's woodcut The Jester (self-portrait).

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson, c. 1919

Lionel Lindsay
Portrait, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson, 1919

Lionel Lindsay
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ted and Gina Gregg 2011

John Buckley Castieu, Lionel Lindsay and Norman Lindsay
John Buckley Castieu, Lionel Lindsay and Norman Lindsay
John Buckley Castieu, Lionel Lindsay and Norman Lindsay

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Melodrama...
Melodrama...
Melodrama...

Melodrama..., c. 1900

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

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

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

Ruby Linsday, Will Dyson, Norman Lindsay
Ruby Linsday, Will Dyson, Norman Lindsay
Ruby Linsday, Will Dyson, Norman Lindsay

Ruby Linsday, Will Dyson, Norman Lindsay, c. 1910

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Society of Artists Selection Committee
Society of Artists Selection Committee
Society of Artists Selection Committee

Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907

Henry King
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Norman and Jack
Norman and Jack
Norman and Jack

Norman and Jack, c. 1903

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title
Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title
Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title

Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title, 1968 (printed 2008)

Mervyn Bishop
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2008

The Hon Lionel Murphy
The Hon Lionel Murphy
The Hon Lionel Murphy

The Hon Lionel Murphy, 1978

Judith O'Conal-Prinz
Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Lionel Murphy Foundation 2012

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River, 2014

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2015

Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title

The champs

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Two lively portrait photographs reflect the agility of their subjects: world champion Australian sportsmen Lionel Rose and Anthony Mundine.

The Sands Brothers (group photograph)

Seeing stars

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores photographic depictions of Aboriginal sportsmen including Lionel Rose, Dave Sands, Jerry Jerome and Douglas Nicholls.

Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay

Norman Lindsay, 1920s

Boz
Portrait, pen and ink wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Norman and Jack

Norman Lindsay

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay

Norman Lindsay, 1936

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Reg Lindsay, Scone, NSW
Reg Lindsay, Scone, NSW
Reg Lindsay, Scone, NSW

Reg Lindsay, Scone, NSW, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Rose Lindsay in garden at Springwood with Peter the fox terrier
Rose Lindsay in garden at Springwood with Peter the fox terrier
Rose Lindsay in garden at Springwood with Peter the fox terrier

Rose Lindsay in garden at Springwood with Peter the fox terrier, c. 1924

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Rose Lindsay
Rose Lindsay
Rose Lindsay

Rose Lindsay, 1970

Anthony Browell
Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Greg Lindsay
Greg Lindsay
Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay, 2002

Salvatore Zofrea OAM
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marco Belgiorno-Zegna AM 2002

Portrait of Norman Lindsay as a student
Portrait of Norman Lindsay as a student
Portrait of Norman Lindsay as a student

Portrait of Norman Lindsay as a student, c. 1896

George Coates
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay

Norman Lindsay, 1921

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Adam Lindsay Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon
Adam Lindsay Gordon

Adam Lindsay Gordon, 1890-1894

S. Milbourn Jnr
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Rose Lindsay

Charmed by the Rose

Magazine article by Anthony Browell, 2004

Anthony Browell reminisces about meeting Rose Lindsay, the wife of Australian artist Norman Lindsay.

Portrait of Ron Robertson-Swann
Portrait of Ron Robertson-Swann
Portrait of Ron Robertson-Swann

Portrait of Ron Robertson-Swann, 1989

Lindsay Churchland
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Anouk and Coby Sanchez 2019

Portrait of Elioth Gruner
Portrait of Elioth Gruner
Portrait of Elioth Gruner

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

Norman and
Norman and
Norman and

Norman and "Peter Ward", c. 1906

an unknown artist
Portrait, toned gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Norman, Sydney studio
Norman, Sydney studio
Norman, Sydney studio

Norman, Sydney studio, c. 1909

an unknown artist
Portrait, toned gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Bill Dyson and Rose, Northwood
Bill Dyson and Rose, Northwood
Bill Dyson and Rose, Northwood

Bill Dyson and Rose, Northwood, c. 1903

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg
Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg
Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg

Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg, c. 1899

Barroni & Co.
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg
Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg
Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg

Jacques Casteau and Norman, Heidelberg, c. 1899

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy
Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy

Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson
Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson
Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson

Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson, c. 1899

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

William Ashton
William Ashton
William Ashton

William Ashton, c. 1940s

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dawn Fraser

Out of the blocks

Early sporting fame
General content

Dawn Fraser, Lionel Rose, Shane Gould and Cathy Freeman

Bill Dyson and Rose, Northwood

Norman and Rose: lifelong love

Lust

The ravishing muse

Portrait 29

September - November 2008
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine includes William Bligh, Lionel Rose, Richard Larter, Layne Beachley, William Yang and more.

Portrait of Lin Bloomfield
Portrait of Lin Bloomfield
Portrait of Lin Bloomfield

Portrait of Lin Bloomfield, 1992

Frank Hinder
Portrait, mixed media, fibre-tipped pen, pencil charcoal, pastel, gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lin Bloomfield 2017

Leon Gellert with mask
Leon Gellert with mask
Leon Gellert with mask

Leon Gellert with mask, 1936

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Norman Lindsay

Max Dupain

The Vintage Years
Previous exhibition, 2003

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

A Sydney family, 1840s

The house, the horse, the wife and the offspring

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour writes about the portraiture of the colonial artist William Nicholas.

George Duncan
George Duncan
George Duncan

George Duncan, c. 1940

Alison Rehfisch
Portrait, oil on hessian laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Margaret Adams 1999

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers)
The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers)
The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers)

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896

David Davies
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Justin Tjungurrayi
Justin Tjungurrayi
Justin Tjungurrayi

Justin Tjungurrayi, 2007

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on cotton rag paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2020. 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

Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)
Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)
Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)

Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends), 2008

Kate Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist, Kate Rae and Mosman Art Gallery with the encouragement of the Hetherington family 2015

Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley
Mary Chomley

Mary Chomley, 1909

Violet Teague
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with the assistance of funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AC 2021

Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze
Andrew Gaze

Andrew Gaze, 2018

George Fetting
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

Self portrait with glove

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

Hon Tom Hughes QC
Hon Tom Hughes QC
Hon Tom Hughes QC

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

Gloria Petyarre by R. Ian Lloyd

Studio

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

Studio: Australian Painters Photographed by R

James McClelland
James McClelland
James McClelland

James McClelland, 1946

Nancy Borlase AM
Portrait, oil on composition board

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

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka

Vintage Max

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2003

Gael Newton delves into the life and art of renowned Australian photographer, Max Dupain.

Betty Burstall

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

Anne-Louise Lambert as Miranda Courtesy Picnic Productions

Rock star

Magazine article by Jennifer Coombes, 2018

Jennifer Coombes explores the lush images of Picnic at Hanging Rock, featuring Anne-Louise Lambert’s Miranda, the face of the film. 

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.

Andrew Gaze

Andrew Gaze, 2018

by George Fetting
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

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

Nothing's as precious as a hole in the ground

Seduce and Destroy

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2001

Magda Keaney explores the symbolism in eX de Medici's portrait of Midnight Oil.

Professor Peter Doherty

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.

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.

Ethel Turner

Moving in creative circles

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Harold Cazneaux's portraits of influential Sydneysiders included Margaret Preston and Ethel Turner, both important figures in the development of ideas about Australian identity and culture.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain

NPPP 2007 exhibition essay
General content

Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond profiles a handful of the entrants in first National Photographic Portrait Prize and notes emerging themes and categories.

Self portrait

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.

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.

Dulcie Deamer, c. 1920

Out of the shadows

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour profiles the life and times of the shutter sisters May and Mina Moore.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

Portrait of Thea Proctor, 1905 by George Lambert

The real Thea

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Long after the portraitist became indifferent to her, and died, a beguiling portrait hung over its subject.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KGAK GCMG GCVO KBE QC, 2006 by Rick Amor

Prima facie

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow casts a judicious eye over portraits in the Victorian Bar’s Peter O’Callaghan QC Portrait Gallery.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

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.

The Bare story

General content

Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

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