Skip to main content

To help keep us all safe, please check our conditions of entry related to COVID-19 before visiting.

Menu

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.

Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce

Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-1928

, Percy Metcalfe
Portrait, glazed ceramic

Purchased 2006

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, c. 1930

Percy Leason
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Anton Cook 2009

Sir Percy Spender

Percy Spender

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1968

Percy Hobson
Percy Hobson
Percy Hobson

Percy Hobson, 2006

Sahlan Hayes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper

Purchased 2006

Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender

Sir Percy Spender, 1981

Alex Kolozsy
Portrait, cold cast bronze

Gift of the artist and the New South Wales division of the Liberal Party of Australia 2004

Henry Parkes
Henry Parkes
Henry Parkes

Henry Parkes, 1900

Percy Spence
Portrait, pencil and pastel over brown ink wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender

Sir Percy Spender, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, black conte on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Percy, Ted Dyson and Bill Dyson, c. 1899

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender
Sir Percy Spender

Sir Percy Spender, 1955

Wilfred John Peisley
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Spender QC 2015

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882
'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882
'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882

'The Australian Cricketers' from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News June 1882, 1882

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper (2 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

Melodrama..., c. 1900

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

William Johnson (1873—1948) by Percy Leason

Recognition

Percy Leason's Aboriginal Portraits
Previous exhibition, 1999

Originally conceived as an anthropological record, Percy Leason’s powerful 1934 portraits of Victorian Aboriginal people are today considered to be a highlight of 20th century Australian portraiture

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

The Sands Brothers (group photograph)
The Sands Brothers (group photograph)
The Sands Brothers (group photograph)

The Sands Brothers (group photograph), n.d.

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Ada Crossley
Ada Crossley
Ada Crossley

Ada Crossley, c. 1900

Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2009

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

The Colonel (portrait of Walter Withers), 1896

David Davies
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1909

Bess Norriss Tait
Portrait, watercolour and bodycolour on cardboard

Purchased with funds provided by Barbara and Jim Higgins 2010

Max Meldrum
Max Meldrum
Max Meldrum

Max Meldrum, c. 1937

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Dave Sands
Dave Sands
Dave Sands

Dave Sands, c. 1950

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2011

Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay
Norman Lindsay

Norman Lindsay, 1936

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Shane Warne

Flash

Australian Athletes in Focus
Previous exhibition, 2006

Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

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.

The Jester (self portrait)

Bloodlines

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

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

Norman Lindsay

Max Dupain

The Vintage Years
Previous exhibition, 2003

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

Self portrait

Small worlds

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

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

Caroline Pileggi

Ready , set... shoot

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

The exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus offers various interpretations of sporting men and women by five Australian photographers.

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.

The Sands Brothers (group photograph)

Seeing stars

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

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

Jaynie Anderson

Sitter still

Magazine article by Emeritus Professor Jaynie Anderson AM, 2015

Jaynie Anderson reflects on her experience as sitter for Reshid Bey’s 1962 portrait.

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.

Quong Tart, 1880s

Finest quality

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of Chinese-Australian businessman and philanthropist Quong Tart.

Jessie Street

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

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

Billy Hughes paperweight

Mugshots

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

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.

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

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

© National Portrait Gallery 2022
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency