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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.

Murray Rose, 1956

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Olly's Trolly, Freddie's Brushes, 1989

Murray Walker
Portrait, monoprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Rose Scott, 1913

May Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Charmed by the Rose

Magazine article by Anthony Browell, 2004

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

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Rose Lindsay, 1970

Anthony Browell
Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

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 Byrne, 2001 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Queen Rose of the Wathaurung People, c. 1876-1877

Fred Kruger
Portrait, albumen paper photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Bill Dyson and Rose, Northwood, c. 1903

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911

Rose Stereograph Company
Portrait, stereo view gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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.

Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II), 1937

an unknown artist
Portrait, carbon print photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (full length portrait), 1937

an unknown artist
Portrait, carbon print photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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.

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995

David Naseby
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Les Murray, 2003

Norman McBeath
Portrait, bromide fibre print

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Norman McBeath 2011

Les Murray, 1995

David Naseby
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Murray Tyrrell, 1978 (printed 2003)

Jon Lewis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Study for portrait of Les Murray, 1995

David Naseby
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Naseby 2001

Stephen Murray-Smith

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Murray Bail, 1980-1981

Fred Williams
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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Murray Bail, c. 1980 (printed 2018)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Neil Murray, 2008

Peter Hudson
Portrait, pastel and watercolour on paper

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

The Merioola Group, 1940s

Alec Murray
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

William Dampier, c. 1780

unknown artist after Thomas Murray
Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980

Fred Williams
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

David Moore
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.

True fella

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

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

Poets' Portraits

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

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

Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838

John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Matt Moran, 2004

Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2005

Mabel Forrest, 1917

Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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

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

Society of Artists Selection Committee, 1907

Henry King
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

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

Australian Aboriginal Cricketers, 1867

Patrick Dawson
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on original lithograph title sheet

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

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

The Godfrey family of Melways guides, 2009

Francis Reiss and June Orford, Tim Ainsworth
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869

Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Norman and Rose: lifelong love

Lust

The ravishing muse

Jeff Carter with his dog Annie Rose at Foxground NSW, 2000 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Minnie Walton (photograph of Miss Rose Massey on verso), 1876

Lock & Whitfield, London
Portrait, albumen photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Graham Smith 2009

Out of the blocks

Early sporting fame
General content

Dawn Fraser, Lionel Rose, Shane Gould and Cathy Freeman

Portrait 16

June - August 2005
Magazine

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

Portrait 39

March - May 2011
Magazine

This issue features the National Photographic Portrait Prize, Neil Murray, Lee Tulloch on Stuart Campbell, Joseph Banks, Scott Redford and more.

Portrait 29

September - November 2008
Magazine

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

Angry Anderson, 2006

Sally Robinson
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Sir John Hay, 1887

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Booklet commemorating the life of Rose Grainger, 1922 reproduced by Percy Grainger

A boy’s best friend is his mother

It's Complicated

Dearest Mummy

Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler, 1954

Max Dupain
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Previous exhibition, 2017

The exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia's aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Michael Klim, 1999

Anderson & Low
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000 with the assistance of staff of Old Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery, in memory of Matthew Guy Hinder (1967-1999)

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.

Murray frees himself from straightjacket in public, 1928 by Sam Hood

Risky business

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2016

John Zubrzycki lauds the characters of the Australian escapology trade.

Sydney Ancher, c. 1962

Max Dupain
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Dame Roma Mitchell, 1998

Jessica Hromas
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

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

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Robert Edwards AO 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Billy Cook and Pride of Egypt, 1954

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-1937

Max Dupain
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004

Rick Amor
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Jack Charles, 2011

Rod McNicol
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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Portrait of Dame Roma Mitchell, n.d.

Geoffrey Mainwaring
Portrait, pastel on paper

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

Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955

Lina Bryans
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Escape, 2006 by Eddy Collett

Headspace 7

Me and My Place
Previous exhibition, 2006

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

Self portrait, 1846

George French Angas
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Charles Warman Roberts, 1878

George Baird Shaw
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Thoms family 2011

Kate Fitzpatrick, 1983

William Yang
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Annie Roberts, 1878

George Baird Shaw
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Reg, Lesley, Glen and Paul Thoms 2011

Jacques Arago, c. 1830s

Nicolas Maurin, Alexandre Sixdeniers
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

The Athlete

An exhibition of sporting photographs by Anderson & Low
Previous exhibition, 2000
The Athlete explores the sporting life well beyond the superficial image of the human physique

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005

Dean Beletich
Portrait, silver gelatin photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley, 2009

John Tsiavis
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2011

Bruny d'Entrecasteaux, 1837

Antoine Maurin
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

2012-13 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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

Bob Ellis, 1999

David Naseby
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

No shirt, no service

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Bon Scott and Angus Young photographed by Rennie Ellis are part of a display celebrating summer and images of the shirtless male.

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A blackguard rehearsing - Max Cullen, 2001

David Naseby
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Nigel Naseby 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Tribute

Bob Ellis
Magazine article, 2016

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

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Mal Meninga, 2018

by Peter Hudson
General content

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

Harry Seidler, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Michelle de Kretser, Geography & History, 2013

Weng-Ho Chong
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint, charcoal, pastel and conté on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Michelle de Kretser 2015
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

Previous exhibition, 2017

Experience the artistic clout of Brook Andrew’s portraits of Marcia Langton AM and Anthony Mundine.

All the world's a stage

General content

Joan Sutherland, Robert Helpmann and Raigh Roe

Neville Gruzman, 1968

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board

Self portrait, 2002

Barry Humphries
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2003

Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996

John Citizen
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999

Lady Knox, c. 1927-1929

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The rose, 1927

The World of Thea Proctor

Previous exhibition, 2005

The World of Thea Proctor is the Portrait Gallery's second major biographical exhibition - that is, the second exhibition to focus exclusively on the life and work of a single individual

Oz Rock

Gettin’ robbed, gettin’ stoned, gettin’ beat up, broken boned
General content

Two of the music industry’s highest-selling performers originated in suburban Australia. The Bee Gees started out in Brisbane, for instance, and AC/DC played their first gigs at a nightclub in inner Sydney.

Sir Robert Strong

All you can eat

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

In February 2003 the National Portrait Gallery Circle of Friends brought Sir Robert Strong to Australia to present a series of lectures entitled The Artists & The Banquet- A History of Dining, which focused on the links between gardens and table decoration from the Renaissance to the Victorian Era.

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.

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.

Thousand Mile Stare

Portrait photography by John Elliott
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

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

Protest!

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
General content

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

Michael Kimmelman

Magazine article by Pamela Gray, 2002

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

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885

W & D Downey
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.

Masters of Fare

Chefs, winemakers, providores
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Rick Amor

21 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

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.

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.

Exhibition opening speech

General content

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

Peace, the Man and Hope, 2005

Brook Andrew, Larry Rawling
Portrait, screenprint on five sheets of paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Brook Andrew in memory of Emmaline Rose Charnock 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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.

Rennie Ellis

Aussies All
Previous exhibition, 2006

Rennie Ellis: Aussies All is a celebration of the life and work of the late Australian photographer Rennie Ellis.

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.

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.

How to be a boy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Christopher Chapman profiles Chris Lilley, actor and creator of Angry Boys.

Clifton Pugh

Australians
Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

Announcing... Pub Rock

11 August 2020
Media

An exhibition that celebrates the people, places and sounds of Australian pub rock and its enduring impact on the nation’s identity, opens at the National Portrait Gallery on 5 September, 2020.

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.

Elizabeth (Murray) 2000

Extremely generous and incredibly close

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

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

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 by Brett Canet-Gibson

The more things change...

NPPP 2017 exhibition essay
General content

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

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

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 by Gary Grealy

Gary Grealy wins National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

31 March 2017
Archived media releases 2017

After months of anticipation, the winner for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 has been announced with renowned Sydney portrait photographer Gary Grealy taking out the award. George Fetting, guest judge for the 2017 Prize, was entranced with the evocative nature of the winning portrait Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay.

Installing David Walsh

On the road again

Magazine article by Dr Deborah Hill, 2017

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

Karen Gillan, 2010

Hot Scots

Magazine article by Christopher Baker, 2013

James Holloway describes the first portraits you encounter when entering the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Louis XVI giving final instructions to the Comte de La Perouse, c. 1785

Sea legged frogs

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes some of the stories of the individuals and incidents that define French exploration of Australia and the Pacific.

Handing on the baton

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the life of ballerina Irina Baranova through the portrait by Australian artist Jenny Sages.

Untitled #88 from Tour of Duty series (Captain Brad Kilpatrick and Kylie Minogue , Balibo, East Timor, 20 December 1999), 1999

Matthew Sleeth
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2010
Donated through the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

Jo Gilmour uncovers endearing authenticity in the art of a twice-transported Tasmanian.

Conduct becoming

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2017

Penelope Grist speaks to Bill Henson and Simone Young to discover the origins of the artist’s stunning photographic triptych.

Study for self-portrait, 1963

Inside outside

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond explores the portraiture of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

Life class

Magazine article by Leonie Hellmers, 2004

Barbara Blackman reflects on her experiences as a life model.

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

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

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

Sir Henry Unton

Icons and imagery

Magazine article by Alison Weir, 2011

Alison Weir explores the National Portrait Gallery, London and the BP Portrait Award to find what makes a good painted portrait - past and present.

Bloodlines

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

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

Writing on the Wall, 2019 Dr Christian Thompson AO

To arrive at hope

NPPP 2020 exhibition essay
General content

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

Expect the unexpected

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour revels in accidental artist Charles Rodius’ nineteenth century renderings of Indigenous peoples.

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.

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 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.

Small worlds

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Bess Norriss Tait created miniature watercolour portraits full of character and life.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
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.

Kinky Night. Impressions Club, 1987

Aussies all

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

The exhibition Aussies all features the ecclectic portrait photography of Rennie Ellis which captures Australian life during the 70s and 80s.

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Sarah Engledow ponders the divergent legacies of Messrs Kendall and Lawson.

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The biographical exhibition of Barry Humphries was the first display of its kind at the National Portrait Gallery.

Off grid

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

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

Chevalier d’Eon, 1792

All dressed up

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan asks do clothes make the portrait, and can the same work with a new title fetch a better price?

Private virtues public lives

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

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

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist explores the United Nations stories in the Gallery’s collection.

Basil steps out, 2016 by Kristin Headlam
Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery

Kristin Headlam

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Basil grew into a speckled beauty – a long-legged leaper and an exceptionally vocal dog, with a great register of sounds, ascending in shock value from a whimper to a growl to a bark to a yelp that’s a violation of the ears.

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940

The incomparable Beaton

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

To accompany the exhibition Cecil Beaton: Portraits, held at the NPG in 2005, this article is drawn from Hugo Vickers's authorised biography, Cecil Beaton (1985).

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.

Love City; George Gittoes on hilltop 2013

Man of war

Magazine article by Tedi Bills, 2016

Tedi Bills talks to George Gittoes about canvassing conflict.

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.

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.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding: 28 Portraits

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

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

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Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

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