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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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Disillusion self portrait
Disillusion self portrait
Disillusion self portrait

Disillusion self portrait, 1983

Mary MacQueen
Portrait, pastel and charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Robin MacQueen 2007

Ann Mary Windeyer
Ann Mary Windeyer
Ann Mary Windeyer

Ann Mary Windeyer, 1847

G Ziegler
Portrait, pastel and gouache on paper laid down on backing sheet

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joanna Russell Maher (née Windeyer) 2018

Dame Mary Gilmore

Mary Gilmore

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1957

Mary, Botany Bay tribe
Mary, Botany Bay tribe
Mary, Botany Bay tribe

Mary, Botany 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

Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
Mary Hassall (née Rouse)

Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850

an unknown artist
Portrait, hand-coloured photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer

Mary Windeyer, 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour and gouache on ivory

Gift of the Windeyer family 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer

Mary Windeyer, c. 1891

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on studio mount

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J.B. Windeyer 2018

Mary Ware
Mary Ware
Mary Ware

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

Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore, 1961

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903

H. Walter Barnett
Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903

H. Walter Barnett
Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)
Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary)

Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary), 1903

H. Walter Barnett
Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Mary Tindale
Mary Tindale
Mary Tindale

Mary Tindale, 1841

Maurice Felton
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Mary MacQueen
Mary MacQueen
Mary MacQueen

Mary MacQueen, 1990

Anne Zahalka
Portrait, type C Duraflex print on paper

Gift of Leo Christie 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
Mary Hassall (née Rouse)

Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850

an unknown artist
Portrait, pencil, pastel and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Mary McCarthy, New York
Mary McCarthy, New York
Mary McCarthy, New York

Mary McCarthy, 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.

Mary Windeyer on the verandah at Tomago, NSW
Mary Windeyer on the verandah at Tomago, NSW
Mary Windeyer on the verandah at Tomago, NSW

Mary Windeyer on the verandah at Tomago, NSW, c. 1880s

an unknown artist
Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2012

Study for painting commission portrait of Fiona Stanley
Study for painting commission portrait of Fiona Stanley
Study for painting commission portrait of Fiona Stanley

Study for painting commission portrait of Fiona Stanley, 2010

Mary Moore
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2011

Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley
Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley

Portrait of Elizabeth Jolley, 2003

Mary Moore
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Fiona Stanley
Fiona Stanley
Fiona Stanley

Fiona Stanley, 2011

Mary Moore
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2011

Lady Hay
Lady Hay
Lady Hay

Lady Hay, 1887

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore

Dame Mary Gilmore, c. 1938

Lyall Trindall
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Princess Mary

Portrait story

Artist Jiawei Shen describes the symbolism in his portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study)
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study)
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study)

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2005

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study)
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study)
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study)

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (full-length study), 2005

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, black pastel on brown paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study)
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study)
Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study)

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study), 2005

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy 2005

Artist study for commissioned portrait. Written approval was granted from the Danish Royal Protocol Office (Chief of Court of TRH the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess,
Chamberlain), to dislay for loan to the Danish musuem, Trapholt Museum for Moderne

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

Larry Sitsky
Larry Sitsky
Larry Sitsky

Larry Sitsky, 1971

Sister Mary Brady
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Larry Sitsky and Magda Sitsky 2010

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.

Elle Macpherson

Australian visit in Denmark

Magazine article by Mette Skougaard, 2006

In April 2006 the National Portrait Gallery showcased Australian portraits at the Fredenksborg Castle in Denmark. 

Study for commissioned portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (profile head study)

Australian Princess

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2005

The full-length portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark by artist Jiawei Shen, has become a destination piece for visitors.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, 2006

The painter and the princess

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

Michael Desmond interviews Ralph Heimans about his portrait of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania
Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania
Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania

Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania, c. 1866

Henry Frith
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Dr HV Evatt, Albert Namatjira and Dame Mary Gilmore having a meal
Dr HV Evatt, Albert Namatjira and Dame Mary Gilmore having a meal
Dr HV Evatt, Albert Namatjira and Dame Mary Gilmore having a meal

Dr HV Evatt, Albert Namatjira and Dame Mary Gilmore having a meal, c. 1950s

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2008

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary, 2006 by Ralph Heimans

Dane reign

Magazine article by Mette Skougaard and Thomas Lyngby, 2018

Mette Skougaard and Thomas Lyngby bring eloquent context to Ralph Heimans’ portraits of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania
Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania
Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania

Aborigines at Oyster Cove, Tasmania, 1858 (printed 1890s)

Francis Nixon
Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Sir Charles Court and Richard Court
Sir Charles Court and Richard Court
Sir Charles Court and Richard Court

Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-2007

Mary Moore
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2006

Dame Mary Gilmore

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.

Sir William Charles Windeyer

Private virtues public lives

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Family affections are preserved in a fine selection of intimate portraits.

Mary Ann Lawrence, 1841

Fits of delicacy and despair

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Henry Mundy's portraits flesh out notions of propriety and good taste in a convict colony.

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

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

Melodrama..., c. 1900

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Martha Mary Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863

William Edward Kilburn
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Jeremiah Ware
Jeremiah Ware
Jeremiah Ware

Jeremiah Ware, c. 1854

Robert Dowling
Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Mary Isabel Murphy and Rosalind Blair Murphy 2014

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II)
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II)
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II)

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (future Queen Elizabeth II), 1942-1943

Charles Wheeler
Portrait, coloured chalk on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s-1870s

Various
Portrait, eight carte de visites, hand-coloured, contained in a red leather presentation case

Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Keith Laught
Keith Laught
Keith Laught

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

Portrait 18

December 2005 - February 2006
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Daddy Cool, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the exhibition Glossy 2, Aldo Giurgola, Fiona Wood and more.

Reverend William Bedford junior
Reverend William Bedford junior
Reverend William Bedford junior

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Still Life (Pieta), 2007 by Sam Jinks

Mortality

More about In the flesh

In Western religious art a Pietà, also called a ‘lamentation’, is an image of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Christ.

Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Honour board

Support your Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges and thanks all its supporters.

Lan Wang, Xini, Jiawei Shen and Billy
Lan Wang, Xini, Jiawei Shen and Billy
Lan Wang, Xini, Jiawei Shen and Billy

Lan Wang, Xini, Jiawei Shen and Billy, 2010

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2012

Angela Belgiorno-Zegna, 2001 by Salvatore Zofrea

Intimate Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2002

Intimate Portraits is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints that explore the less public side of portraiture

Xini and Billy, 2006 by Jiawei Shen

Shen Jiawei

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Shen Jiawei was born in China. During the Cultural Revolution he laboured in the Great Northern Wilderness, but even as he worked there, he gained recognition as an artist. 

Decorative portrait – Len Lye, c.1925 by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937)

Presence and Absence

Portrait Sculpture in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2003

This exhibition focuses on exploring national and communal identity through sculptural production in Australia, from the early decades of settlement through to the present day

William Dobell

A Tribute to William Dobell

Previous exhibition, 1999

Adapted from A Tribute to William Dobell an exhibition presented by the Australian National University's Drill Hall Gallery in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. Dobell is of course, celebrated for his achievements in portraiture, winning the Archibald prize (1943, 1948 and 1959), the Wynne Prize (1948), and representing Australia at the 1954 Venice Biennale. Curator Mary Eagle concludes her essay in the catalogue of the exhibition thus, "Overall I see a dissonance in Dobell’s art and life

Schulim Krimper
Schulim Krimper
Schulim Krimper

Schulim Krimper, 1968

Mark Strizic
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Lowe Kong Meng
Lowe Kong Meng
Lowe Kong Meng

Lowe Kong Meng, c. 1887

Ludwig Lang after Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson

A charming prospect

Nearest & Dearest

Family fortunes

Lt. A.R.Cutler VC
Lt. A.R.Cutler VC
Lt. A.R.Cutler VC

Lt. A.R.Cutler VC, 1943

Dora Toovey
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Cutler family 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of George Selth Coppin
Portrait of George Selth Coppin
Portrait of George Selth Coppin

Portrait of George Selth Coppin, c. 1895-1899

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on cedar panel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds donated by Mary Isabel Murphy 2004

Martin Schoeller 2008

The God-shaped hole

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Exploring the photographs of Martin Schoeller, Michael Desmond delves into the uneasy pact that exists between celebrity and the camera.

Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney
Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney
Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney

Rev. Fred Nile, Festival of Light, Sydney, 1981

John Williams
Portrait, montage of gelatin silver photographs

Collection: National Portrait Galley
Purchased 1999

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

Terry Snow and China, 2017

Jude Rae
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
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

Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen
Jiawei Shen

Jiawei Shen, 2006

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith)
The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith)
The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith)

The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith), 1934

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Self portrait

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

John Perceval
John Perceval
John Perceval

John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Perceval
John Perceval
John Perceval

John Perceval, 1985

Rick Amor
Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac

Maritime disaster leaves poignant picture

Devotion

Absence rends the heart asunder

Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson, c. 1960

Louis Kahan
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mary Thomson 2017

Rayner Hoff
Rayner Hoff
Rayner Hoff

Rayner Hoff, 1924

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

Sir John Hay
Sir John Hay
Sir John Hay

Sir John Hay, 1887

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

image not online

John Perceval, 1999

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, ink, coloured pencil, gouache, crayon and fibre-tipped pen on single mount board with gold coloured ink border

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Thomas de Kessler 2001

Prue Acton
Prue Acton
Prue Acton

Prue Acton, 2012

David Roberts
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V)
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V)
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V)

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903

H. Walter Barnett
Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V)
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V)
Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V)

Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), 1903

H. Walter Barnett
Portrait, platinum photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter Roberts 2015

Elizabeth Walford
Elizabeth Walford
Elizabeth Walford

Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

William Walford
William Walford
William Walford

William Walford, c. 1873

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s

Hills & Saunders
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Fay Bottrell
Fay Bottrell
Fay Bottrell

Fay Bottrell, 1981

David Campbell
Portrait, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elizabeth Campbell-MacKenzie on behalf of the family of David Campbell 2012

May Wirth
May Wirth
May Wirth

May Wirth, c. 1921

Daguerre Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Li Cunxin
Li Cunxin
Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin, 2018

Jun Chen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Jane Windeyer
Jane Windeyer
Jane Windeyer

Jane Windeyer, n.d.

Madame Praeger
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2012

HV (Doc) Evatt
HV (Doc) Evatt
HV (Doc) Evatt

HV (Doc) Evatt, 1935

Arnold Shore
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Elizabeth Evatt and Penelope Seidler 1998. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs
Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs
Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs

Sidney Kidman and Arthur Triggs, c. 1914

Falk Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

William St Leonards Robertson
William St Leonards Robertson
William St Leonards Robertson

William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Therese Desmond
Therese Desmond
Therese Desmond

Therese Desmond, 1919-1920

James Burnside
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Madeleine Howell 2013

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

2013-14 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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.

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell)
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell)
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell)

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell), 1963

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Mary Newlinds and Sheena Simpson in memory of their father, D.A.S. Campbell, 2014

David Malouf

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.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

John Richard Tindale
John Richard Tindale
John Richard Tindale

John Richard Tindale, 1841

Maurice Felton
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

David Low
David Low
David Low

David Low, 1917

Rudolph Buchner
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph sepia toned on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

A G Stephens
A G Stephens
A G Stephens

A G Stephens, c. 1910 (printed later)

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Husbands and Wives

Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia
Previous exhibition, 2010

'I have just been to my dressing case to take a peep at you.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with the assistance of the Mundango Charitable Trust and Claudia Hyles 2006

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Honour board
William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer

William Charles Windeyer, 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO
Portrait of Susan Wakil AO
Portrait of Susan Wakil AO

Portrait of Susan Wakil AO, 2019

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Isaac Wakil AO 2019

Portrait of Julia Swan
Portrait of Julia Swan
Portrait of Julia Swan

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Portrait of Harriet Swan
Portrait of Harriet Swan
Portrait of Harriet Swan

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Neil Armfield
Neil Armfield
Neil Armfield

Neil Armfield, 2010

Adam Cullen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2010

Thomas Gainsborough, c.1758-59 by Thomas Gainsborough

Keep it in the family

Magazine article by David Solkin, 2019

David Solkin ponders the provocations and inspirations of the enigmatic Thomas Gainsborough.

Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF
Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF
Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF

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

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

Norman Lindsay

Max Dupain

The Vintage Years
Previous exhibition, 2003

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

Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines
Marcia Hines

Marcia Hines, c. 1981

Lewis Morley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Marilyn Ball, Albatross, 2018 (detail) by Linde Ivimey

So Fine

Contemporary women artists make Australian history
Previous exhibition, 2018

This exhibition features new works from ten women artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history, enriching the contemporary narrative around Australia’s history and biography, reflecting the tradition of storytelling in our country.

Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin, 2017–2018

by Jun Chen
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown

The Royal she

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2019

Traversing paint and pixels, Inga Walton examines portraits of select women in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

Mr John Eason
Mr John Eason
Mr John Eason

Mr John Eason, 1838

W. B. Gould
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2013

Elle Macpherson

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

Dr Peter Farrell

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

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

Anna Meares

Before hand

Hosting a touring exhibition

How is it done? How do artists capture someone’s presence and personality? What is the nature of this relationship? What does it feel like to be a sitter for a portrait in the national collection?

Reg Richardson AM

2015-17 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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.

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

The spirit of the gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers celebrates the support given to the Gallery by Gordon and Marilyn Darling.

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.

William St. Leonards Robertson
William St. Leonards Robertson
William St. Leonards Robertson

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill)

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.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester

Depth of Field

Portrait Photography from the Collection
Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

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.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

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.

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862

Stephen Edward Nixon
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Purchased 2018

Steve Irwin

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

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.

Announcing.... In their own words

24 November 2020
Media

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board
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.

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.

The Cutmear sisters, Jane and Lucy, c. 1842

A man of superior attainments

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of a colonial portrait artist, writer and rogue Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Study for Aunty Mary King, 2010 by Mathew Lynn

The animating signature

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmore delights in the affecting drawings of Mathew Lynn.

A woman of New South Wales, c. 1840

More cash than dash

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes how colonial portraitists found the perfect market among social status seeking Sydneysiders.

Kaloti Parmjit, 2012 by Louise Whelan

Louise Whelan

Finalist interviews

I met Kaloti Parmjit the day I took the photo. I first visited the Sikh temple in the suburb of Glenwood to take photos as part of a social documentary project I'm undertaking for the State Library of NSW.

Goollabal (Rainbow Serpent), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Memories

General content

The second row of paintings recall stories relating to specific sites, experiences and activities.

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie

Sure thing

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie 1887 by Frederick Woodhouse Snr. is a portrait of James Scobie, well known jockey and eminent horse trainer.

Sappho, 1865

Mrs Cameron and the V&A

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

In March 2003 Magda Keaney travelled to London to join the photography section of the Victoria & Albert Museum for three months.

Potret diri di depan kelambu terbuka (Self portrait before the open mosquito net), 2009 by Herra Pahlasari

Herra Pahlasari

by Aminudin TH Siregar
Artist essays

At the time of Herra Pahlasari’s birth in 1978, her academic parents were living in Canberra.

The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley

Presence and absence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The art of Australia’s colonial women painters affords us an invaluable, alternative perspective on the nascent nation-building project.

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones

Home and away

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir William Dobell painted the portraits of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and Sir Hudson Fysh, who did much to promote the image of Australia in this country and abroad.

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.

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.

Barry Humphries

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

Alexander Pearce
executed for murder
July 19th 1824

Public hanging

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

As a convict Thomas Bock was required to sketch executed murders for science; as a free man, fashionable society portraits.

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst

Be bold

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2007

The name of Florence Broadhurst, one of Australia’s most significant wallpaper and textile designers, is now firmly cemented in the canon of Australian art and design.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

The rose, 1927

The world of Thea Proctor

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

The world of Thea Proctor was the National Portrait Gallery's second exhibition to follow the life of a single person, following Rarely Everage: The lives of Barry Humphries.

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.

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’. 

Thomas Mathewson (inset) and his studio on Queen Street, c. 1908 by Thomas Mathewson & Co

Northern exposure

Magazine article by Phil Manning, 2017

Phil Manning celebrates a century of Brisbane photographic portraiture.

Edward Paine Butler

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the career of the eighteenth-century suspected poisoner and portrait artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner

Speed demon

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Scott Redford discusses his dynamic portrait commission of motorcycling champion and 2008 Young Australian of the Year Casey Stoner.

Vanity fair

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2012

Ashleigh Wadman rediscovers the Australian characters represented with a kindly touch by the British portrait artist Leslie Ward for the society magazine Vanity Fair.

Mary (or Diana) Croker, mat woman, Colchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

Dempsey’s People curator David Hansen chronicles a research tale replete with serendipity, adventure and Tasmanian tigers.

Charles Haddon Chambers

Suave

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Charles Haddon Chambers the Australian-born playboy playwright settled permanently in London in 1880 but never lost his Australian stance when satirising the English.

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.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Portrait of George Selth Coppin

The Multifarious Career of George Selth Coppin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

George Selth Coppin (1819-1906) comedian, impresario and entrepreneur, was a driving force of the early Australian theatre.

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.

Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Marquis de Vaudreuil, ca.1753-55

Canadian identities

Magazine article by Lilly Koltun, 2004

An exploration of national identity in the Canadian context drawn from the symposium Face to Face at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2004.

Studio portrait of servicewoman Lance Corporal Kathleen Jean Mary (Kath) Walker, c.1942

Past present

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2016

Krysia Kitch celebrates Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

The Window Seat, 1907 by Frances Hodgkins

Kiwi magpie

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2018

Penelope Grist finds inspiration in pioneering New Zealand artist, Frances Hodgkins.

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 by William Dobell

Bill and Ted's excellent portrait.

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow on Messrs Dobell and MacMahon and the art of friendship.

The Conciliation, 1840 by Benjamin Duterrau

The art of conciliation

Magazine article by Gareth Knapman, 2017

Gareth Knapman explores the politics and opportunism behind the portraits of Tasmania’s Black War.

NPPP finalists

20 20

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow picks some favourites from a decade of the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Revd Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, c.1795 by Sir Henry Raeburn

Great Scots

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2017

Diana O’Neil samples the tartan treats on offer in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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.

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.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

How the National Portrait Gallery and its unique collection came to be

Adrian Rawlins

Earth to earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses the recent gift of works by David Campbell.

Ned Kelly death mask

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Madame Sibly, Phrenologist and Mesmerist

Sibly irresistible

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2019

Alexandra Roginski reveals a forceful feminist figure in the colonial period’s slippery science, phrenology.

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.

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

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

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.

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. 

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.

Louise Lovely feeding gulls in a park, 1969 Unknown photographer

Jewelled nights

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2017

Anne Sanders celebrates the cinematic union of two pioneering australian women.

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.

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.

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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