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Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006

Avril Thomas
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned 2006

Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2005

Avril Thomas
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Commissioned 2006

Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson
Marjorie Jackson

Marjorie Jackson, 1953

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2011

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Spikes: then and now

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

As part of its ongoing program of commissions of portraits of prominent Australians, the National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson by South Australian artist Avril Thomas.

Marjorie Lawrence, Paris
Marjorie Lawrence, Paris
Marjorie Lawrence, Paris

Marjorie Lawrence, Paris, 1937

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Marjorie Lawrence, Amneris
Marjorie Lawrence, Amneris
Marjorie Lawrence, Amneris

Marjorie Lawrence, Amneris, 1951

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker

William Jackson Hooker, 1851

Thomas Herbert Maguire
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 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.

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 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.

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney
Nelson Mandela, Sydney

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 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.

'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes
'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes
'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes

'The crimson thread of kinship' Henry Parkes, c. 1898

Nelson Illingworth
Portrait, painted terracotta

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

The Federal Leader Edmund Barton
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton
The Federal Leader Edmund Barton

The Federal Leader Edmund Barton, c. 1900

Nelson Illingworth
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

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

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837

Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

James Horatio Nelson Cassell
James Horatio Nelson Cassell
James Horatio Nelson Cassell

James Horatio Nelson Cassell, late 1840s to early 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid
Sir George Reid

Sir George Reid, c. 1895

Nelson Illingworth
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Portrait of Marjorie Cotton
Portrait of Marjorie Cotton
Portrait of Marjorie Cotton

Portrait of Marjorie Cotton, 1969

Jean Isherwood OAM
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Marjorie Cotton Isherwood 2002

General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales
General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales
General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales

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

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

Purchased 2018

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

Jan Nelson

More about In the flesh artists

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

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews

It was definitely a candid encounter as was the expression on the face. It was constructed insofar as the image was deliberately taken from a distance so as to minimize intrusion and to magnify the effect of the image.

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)'
'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)'
'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)'

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822

Jacques Etienne Victor Arago, Pierre Langlume
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Nlle. Hollande- Port Jackson - Sauvages des Montagens Bleues: Karadra and Hara-o
Nlle. Hollande- Port Jackson - Sauvages des Montagens Bleues: Karadra and Hara-o
Nlle. Hollande- Port Jackson - Sauvages des Montagens Bleues: Karadra and Hara-o

Nlle. Hollande- Port Jackson - Sauvages des Montagens Bleues: Karadra and Hara-o, 1825

Alphonse Pellion
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Andrew Southall
Andrew Southall
Andrew Southall

Andrew Southall, 1995

Rick Amor
Portrait, drypoint on wove paper

Gift of the artist 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere
Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere
Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere

Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere, 1825

Jean Coutant after Jacques Etienne Victor Arago
Portrait, line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Walking in tall grass, Viktor, 2005 by Jan Nelson

Transition

More about In the flesh

We fix adolescence as the time of inner turmoil, private worlds and secret refuges, doubt and imagination, protest and liberation. The human mind and body never really leaves this state of transition.

Walking in tall grass, Lucy, 2010 by Jan Nelson

More about In the flesh artists

General content

The exhibition features work from Jan Nelson, Natasha Bieniek, Patricia Piccinini, Juan Ford, Petrina Hicks, Ron Mueck, Yanni Floros, Sam Jinks, Michael Peck and Robin Eley.

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the flesh

Previous exhibition, 2014

In the flesh is an enthralling and immersive experience of contemporary art that confronts the concept of humanness and the experiences of consciousness and emotion. Featuring ten Australian artists including Jan Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Michael Peck, the exhibition explores themes of intimacy, empathy, transience, transition, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, reflection, mortality and acceptance.

Betty Cuthbert
Betty Cuthbert
Betty Cuthbert

Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Portrait of Ingvar Kenne, 2012 by Simon Harsent

Finalist interviews

General content

Interviews with NPPP 2013 finalists Melanie Faith Dove, Simon Harsent, Ahmad Sabra, Sharon Zwi, Katherine Bennett, Krystal Seigerman, Arianne McNaught, Janet Tavener, Louise Whelan, Myles Nelson and Heather Corrigan.

Oui-re-kine
Oui-re-kine
Oui-re-kine

Oui-re-kine, 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN

Captain Matthew Flinders RN, 1814

an unknown artist, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter
Portrait of Captain John Hunter

Portrait of Captain John Hunter, 1792

Daniel Orme after Robert Dighton
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Portait 65

Portrait 65

Autumn/Winter 2021
Magazine

Hugh Ramsay, the fashion of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, Peter Wegner's centenarian series, John and Elizabeth Gould's family connections, Karen Quinlan's top five portraits and more.

Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN
Captain Matthew Flinders RN

Captain Matthew Flinders RN, 1814

an unknown artist, Joyce Gold Naval Chronicle Office
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

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

Blek Bala MJ, 2017 video: 6 minutes

Blek Bala MJ, 2017

by Timothy Hillier
General content

Finalist, DPA 2017
Single channel HD digital video

Yhonnie and Indiana, 2012 by Janelle Low

NPPP 2013 learning resource

Learning resource archive

Exploring select works from the NPPP 2012. For secondary students.

Divide, 2011 by Sam Jinks

In the Flesh

15 October 2014
Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

image not online

John Vickery

Biography

John Vickery (1906-1983), illustrator, designer and painter was the only Australian to be part of the New York School in 1960s which includes painters such as Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

Inspiration + Realisation: Peter Wegner

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2006

Peter Wegner's approach to portraiture could be considered a visual record of the rapport, the dynamic space between artist and subject.

Penelope Seidler
Penelope Seidler
Penelope Seidler

Penelope Seidler, 2019 (printed 2021)

Anne Zahalka
Portrait, pigment ink print on paper

Purchased 2021

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

Relationship boundaries breed marathon success

Nearest & Dearest

A bromance in banter

Robert H. Black MD
Robert H. Black MD
Robert H. Black MD

Robert H. Black MD, c. 1950

Nora Heysen AM
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

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

Yousuf Karsh by George O'Neill

Karsh

Faces of the Twentieth Century
Previous exhibition, 1998

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

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

2013-14 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

This 1910 portrait of Elizabeth Sarah (Lillie) Roberts by Tom Roberts was brought into the Gallery's collection with the assistance of the Acquisition Fund in 2013.

George Rose
George Rose
George Rose

George Rose, 1811

Giovanni Vendramini, T. Cadell & W. Davies after William Evans, Sir William Beechey
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Garth Porter
Garth Porter
Garth Porter

Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare

Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Harold Blair
Harold Blair
Harold Blair

Harold Blair, 1948

Ernest Buckmaster
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2010

Angel Street (Adam Cullen)
Angel Street (Adam Cullen)
Angel Street (Adam Cullen)

Angel Street (Adam Cullen), 2010

Darren McDonald
Portrait, oil on linen

Purchased 2012

Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris
Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris
Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris

Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris, c. 1822

Alphonse Pellion, Forget
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Miles from nowhere, 2008 (printed 2014) from the Games of consequence series 2008 Polixeni Papapetrou

Mother’s muse

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2020

Inga Walton traces the poignant path of photographer Polixeni Papapetrou, revealed in the NGV’s summer retrospective.

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

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

W Sherwin after Francis Wheatley
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Jenny Kee, 2015 Carla Fletcher

Twin chics

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2021

Joanna Gilmour on the exuberant union of fashion pioneers Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, captured in luminescent splendour by artist Carla Fletcher.

Dr Stella Cornelius AO OBE
Dr Stella Cornelius AO OBE
Dr Stella Cornelius AO OBE

Dr Stella Cornelius AO OBE, 1989

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the Cornelius family 2019

François Péron
François Péron
François Péron

François Péron, c. 1805

Jean Henri Cless, Conrad Westermayr
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Aden Ridgeway & pallbearers entering Sydney Town Hall, State Funeral for Kwementyaye Perkins AO, 25th October 2000
Aden Ridgeway & pallbearers entering Sydney Town Hall, State Funeral for Kwementyaye Perkins AO, 25th October 2000
Aden Ridgeway & pallbearers entering Sydney Town Hall, State Funeral for Kwementyaye Perkins AO, 25th October 2000

Aden Ridgeway & pallbearers entering Sydney Town Hall, State Funeral for Kwementyaye Perkins AO, 25th October 2000, 2000

Mervyn Bishop
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2001

Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790

Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

James Mollison
James Mollison
James Mollison

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004)

Wesley Stacey
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2004

James Mollison
James Mollison
James Mollison

James Mollison, c. 1973 (printed 2004)

Wesley Stacey
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Mollison AO 2004

Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe
Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe
Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe

Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe, 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

Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson, 1994 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2018

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790

Robert Dodd
Portrait, aquatint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801

Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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

Joseph Dalton Hooker
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Joseph Dalton Hooker

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

Shigeo Sawada
Shigeo Sawada
Shigeo Sawada

Shigeo Sawada, c. 1915

Kan Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ron Wylie 2007

The gang, 1977 William Yang

Lust for life

Magazine article, 2008

Celebrated Sydney-based photographer and performer William Yang was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to produce a new performance work that premiered at the opening of the Gallery's new building.

My Favourite Australian

My Favourite Australian

Previous exhibition, 2008

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

David Campese II

Sporting Archibald

Previous exhibition, 2000
Celebrating the focus on sport during 2000, this special exhibition features our national sporting heroes and heroines immortalised on canvas
Fred Hilmer
Fred Hilmer
Fred Hilmer

Fred Hilmer, 2018

Evert Ploeg
Portrait, oil on linen

Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

Famous

Karin Catt Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2006

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

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia

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

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2010

Neil Armfield
Neil Armfield
Neil Armfield

Neil Armfield, 2010

Adam Cullen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Still Life (Pieta), 2007 by Sam Jinks

More about In the flesh

General content

In the flesh is realised through moments of intimacy, empathy, transitions in life and the transience of life, vulnerability, alienation, restlessness, self-reflection, mortality and acceptance.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1976 (printed 2005)

David Malin
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Announcing Shakespeare to Winehouse

24 November 2021
Media

More than eighty treasures from the National Portrait Gallery London will travel to Canberra for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from March 2022.

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Xavier Herbert, early 1980s (printed 2018)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Mel Gibson

POL

Portrait of a Generation
Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Radical Restraint 
Justice Michael Kirby

A gift from the heart

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

Lauren Dalla examines the life of Basil Bressler, the art patron responsible for one of the NPG's most important bequests.

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney

A Captured Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2001

The acquisition of David Moore's archive of portrait photographs for the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

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

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

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

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

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

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney

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

Mr Mortimer Lewis

Little treasures

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2002

The acquisition of the ivory miniatures of Mortimer and Mrs Lewis.

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

M H Wednesday 11.15am from the series Self-harm, 2004

Big it up

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2005

Former National Portrait Gallery Curator Magda Keaney was a member of the selection panel of the Schwepes Photographic Portrait Prize 2004 at the National Portrait Gallery London.

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 2002

Tim Johnson
Portrait, oil and polymer vinyl paint on canvas

Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002

Elizabeth

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

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

Bob Hawke

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.

Audience in the Palace Theater c1943

Exposed: Voyeurism Surveillance and the camera since 1870

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2010

The Tate/SFMOMA exhibition Exposed examined the role of photography in voyeurism and how it challenges ideas of privacy and propriety.

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.

Margaret Whitlam

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.

Paul Kelly

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

Australia has become recognised for the range and talent of its musicians, composers, conductors and celebrities in general associated with the music industry

The Long Awaited, 2008 by Patricia Piccinini

In the flesh

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

An exhibition of humanness in ten themes by Penelope Grist.

Fred Hilmer

Fred Hilmer, 2018

by Evert Ploeg
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018

Wainburranga (Paddy Fordham)

Big shots

Magazine article by Djon Mundine OAM, 2017

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

Albert Jonas and John Xiniwe of The African Choir, 1891 London Stereoscopic Co.

Back in black

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2017

Krysia Kitch reviews black chronicles at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Mr and Mrs Horace Keats in the

Heartfelt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Janet and Horace Keats with the spirit of the poet Christopher Brennan is brought to life by artist Dora Toovey.

Nicole Kidman

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

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

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.

Margot Rhys, 1935 by Athol Shmith

Progressive pictures

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2017

Athol Shmith’s photographs contributed to the emergence of a new vision of Australian womanhood.

Untitled #88 (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue, Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999)

For the boys

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2011

The photographs from Matthew Sleeth's tour of duty series look more like advertisements than images of war.

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.

Edward John Eyre

Hearts of Darkness

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2006

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

Sir Sidney Kidman

The fat of the land

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir Sidney Kidman (1857-1935) is inscribed in Australian legend as the ‘Cattle King’. 

Me

Donated duo

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the gift of two striking paintings by the Australian artist Ken Done AM.

Andrew Sachs (‘Manuel’)

Star signs

Magazine article by Barry York, 2018

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

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Washington preview

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2005

Ron Ramsey, former Director of Cultural Relations at the Embassy of Australia interviewed NPG Washington Director, Marc Pachter, about their building renovations.

As long as you're here, 2013 by Tony Curran

Touchy touchy

Magazine article by Tony Curran, 2015

Tony Curran ponders whether our phones can change the course of painting.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

Ray Lawler

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

Karen Vickery delights in a thespian thread of the Australian yarn.

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister

Splendid, many-splendoured

Magazine article by Sandra Bruce, 2021

Sandra Bruce gazes on love and the portrait through Australian Love Stories’ multi-faceted prism.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
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.

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