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Pat and Richard Larter, Luddenham, 1970s

Pin-ups

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Christopher Chapman describes the art and life of Australian artist Richard Larter.

Pat Painting No 1, 1983 Richard Larter
Pat Painting No 1, 1983 Richard Larter
Pat Painting No 1, 1983 Richard Larter

Pat Painting No 1, 1983 Richard Larter

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008

Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter
Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter
Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter

Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and alkyd resin on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002

Self portrait with pin-up, 1965 Richard Larter

Richard Larter In their own words

In their own words

Recorded 1965

Richard Larter, 2004 R. Ian Lloyd
Richard Larter, 2004 R. Ian Lloyd
Richard Larter, 2004 R. Ian Lloyd

Richard Larter, 2004 R. Ian Lloyd

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of R. Ian Lloyd 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Arizona 250 GT Ron Radford and Shiva #1, 2011 Richard Larter
Arizona 250 GT Ron Radford and Shiva #1, 2011 Richard Larter
Arizona 250 GT Ron Radford and Shiva #1, 2011 Richard Larter

Arizona 250 GT Ron Radford and Shiva #1, 2011 Richard Larter

Portrait, computer generated image, synthetic polymer paint and gel-glitters on polyester canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013

Portrait of Nell #15, 2009 Richard Larter
Portrait of Nell #15, 2009 Richard Larter
Portrait of Nell #15, 2009 Richard Larter

Portrait of Nell #15, 2009 Richard Larter

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint, gesso, binder medium, gel and glitter on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2014

Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter
Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter
Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter

Arizona 250 GT Major General Liz Cosson, 2013 Richard Larter

Portrait, computer generated image, synthetic polymer paint and gel-glitters on polyester canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2013

Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone
Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone
Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone

Richard Windeyer, c. 1828 Charles Richard Bone

Portrait, watercolour on ivory in a gold pendant with a lock of hair and gold thread

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Richard Humphry, 1997 Hui Hai Xie
Richard Humphry, 1997 Hui Hai Xie
Richard Humphry, 1997 Hui Hai Xie

Richard Humphry, 1997 Hui Hai Xie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Australian Securities Exchange 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

Richard Pratt, Cardboard King, n.d. Joe Greenberg
Richard Pratt, Cardboard King, n.d. Joe Greenberg
Richard Pratt, Cardboard King, n.d. Joe Greenberg

Richard Pratt, Cardboard King, n.d. Joe Greenberg

Portrait, watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil, fibre-tipped pen and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

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Darby McCarthy, c. 1969 (printed 2019) Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Gordon Darling Hall

Portrait of the Gallery

Magazine article by Graeme Dix, 2016

A design diary retrospective.

L.J. Brown, 1955 Richard von Marientreu
L.J. Brown, 1955 Richard von Marientreu
L.J. Brown, 1955 Richard von Marientreu

L.J. Brown, 1955 Richard von Marientreu

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Marion McBeath Harper 2019

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon People

Previous exhibition, 2013

American photographer Richard Avedon produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Developed in partnership with the Richard Avedon Foundation in New York, the first Australian exhibition of Avedon’s bold portraits reveals the glamour and drama of his iconic artistic work.

Sir Richard Kingsland, 1982 Gwen Eichler
Sir Richard Kingsland, 1982 Gwen Eichler
Sir Richard Kingsland, 1982 Gwen Eichler

Sir Richard Kingsland, 1982 Gwen Eichler

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sir Richard Kingsland AO CBE DFC and Lady Kingsland 2002

Richard Woolcott, 1997 Bill Leak
Richard Woolcott, 1997 Bill Leak
Richard Woolcott, 1997 Bill Leak

Richard Woolcott, 1997 Bill Leak

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard and Birgit Woolcott 2007
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta, 1999 Eric Smith
Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta, 1999 Eric Smith
Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta, 1999 Eric Smith

Richard Divall OBE in the church mantle of the Order of Malta, 1999 Eric Smith

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of Richard Divall AO OBE 2017

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar
Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar
Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838 Edmund Edgar

Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling
Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling
Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and red ochre on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Neil Archibald and Alan R. Dodge AM, Brandon and Angela Munro, Dr Walter Ong and Graeme Marshall 2015

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman
Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Portrait, oil and ink on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist
Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist
Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist

Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847 an unknown artist

Portrait, pencil, ink and watercolour on paper

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

Richard Pratt, 2003 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Richard Pratt, 2003 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Richard Pratt, 2003 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Richard Pratt, 2003 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Kathleen O'Connor, 1966 (printed 2017) Richard Woldendorp
Portrait of Kathleen O'Connor, 1966 (printed 2017) Richard Woldendorp
Portrait of Kathleen O'Connor, 1966 (printed 2017) Richard Woldendorp

Portrait of Kathleen O'Connor, 1966 (printed 2017) Richard Woldendorp

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Woldendorp AM 2017

Richard Butler, 1859 Lucy Meadows
Richard Butler, 1859 Lucy Meadows
Richard Butler, 1859 Lucy Meadows

Richard Butler, 1859 Lucy Meadows

Portrait, watercolour and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist

Richard Windeyer, 1840s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Tognetti, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Richard Tognetti, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Richard Tognetti, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Richard Tognetti, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Richard Roxburgh, 2008 (printed 2012) Jimmy Pozarik
Richard Roxburgh, 2008 (printed 2012) Jimmy Pozarik
Richard Roxburgh, 2008 (printed 2012) Jimmy Pozarik

Richard Roxburgh, 2008 (printed 2012) Jimmy Pozarik

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist
Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist

Richard Windeyer, 1830s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Bell, 2009 Mike Chavez
Richard Bell, 2009 Mike Chavez
Richard Bell, 2009 Mike Chavez

Richard Bell, 2009 Mike Chavez

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint, screenprint and spray paint on canvas

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

Richard Roxburgh, 2014 Nicholas Harding
Richard Roxburgh, 2014 Nicholas Harding
Richard Roxburgh, 2014 Nicholas Harding

Richard Roxburgh, 2014 Nicholas Harding

Portrait, oil on linen

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

Richard Frankland, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Richard Frankland, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Richard Frankland, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Richard Frankland, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Richard Woldendorp, Perth, WA, 2004 John Elliott
Richard Woldendorp, Perth, WA, 2004 John Elliott
Richard Woldendorp, Perth, WA, 2004 John Elliott

Richard Woldendorp, Perth, WA, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Men of the Day No. 57 "Old Bones" Sir Richard Owen (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1873 an unknown artist
Men of the Day No. 57 "Old Bones" Sir Richard Owen (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1873 an unknown artist
Men of the Day No. 57 "Old Bones" Sir Richard Owen (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1873 an unknown artist

Men of the Day No. 57 "Old Bones" Sir Richard Owen (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1873 an unknown artist

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Richard Johnson - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne
Richard Johnson - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne
Richard Johnson - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne

Richard Johnson - Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker, Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23rd of May 2009, 2009 (printed 2010) Ingvar Kenne

Portrait, type C photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Circle of Friends 2009

Dr Fiona Wood AM, 2005 Richard Woldendorp
Dr Fiona Wood AM, 2005 Richard Woldendorp
Dr Fiona Wood AM, 2005 Richard Woldendorp

Dr Fiona Wood AM, 2005 Richard Woldendorp

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu
Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu
Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu

Dora Byrne, 1951 Richard von Marientreu

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

James Baldwin, writer, Harlem, New York 1945 by Richard Avedon

The Avedon effect

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2013

Dr Christopher Chapman explores how we can understand Richard Avedon's photographs.  

Chet Baker, singer, New York City, January 16, 1986 by Richard Avedon

The existential lens

Magazine article by Stephen Zagala, 2013

Stephen Zagala discusses Richard Avedon’s work from an Australian perspective.

William Hodges Esq. RA, 1792 Richard Westall
William Hodges Esq. RA, 1792 Richard Westall
William Hodges Esq. RA, 1792 Richard Westall

William Hodges Esq. RA, 1792 Richard Westall

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo
Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo
Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

Richard Henry Horne, (mid 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

A Wool Merchant "Colonial John Bull" [Mr Richard Goldsbrough] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Wool Merchant "Colonial John Bull" [Mr Richard Goldsbrough] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Wool Merchant "Colonial John Bull" [Mr Richard Goldsbrough] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Wool Merchant "Colonial John Bull" [Mr Richard Goldsbrough] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior
John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior
John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior

John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior

Portrait, watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eleanor Thorton 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior
Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior
Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830 Richard Read junior

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy
Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2018

A Low Comedian. "Keep your eye on your Father" [Henry Richard Harwood] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Low Comedian. "Keep your eye on your Father" [Henry Richard Harwood] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
A Low Comedian. "Keep your eye on your Father" [Henry Richard Harwood] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

A Low Comedian. "Keep your eye on your Father" [Henry Richard Harwood] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Lord Casey Louis Kahan
Lord Casey Louis Kahan
Lord Casey Louis Kahan

Lord Casey, Louis Kahan

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler
Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler
Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler

Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler

Portrait, conté, brush and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2003

Admiral Earl Howe, n.d. John Singleton Copley, R Cooper
Admiral Earl Howe, n.d. John Singleton Copley, R Cooper
Admiral Earl Howe, n.d. John Singleton Copley, R Cooper

Admiral Earl Howe, n.d. John Singleton Copley, R Cooper

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B. Governor of the Colony of Victoria (Plate 1 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1858 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree
Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B. Governor of the Colony of Victoria (Plate 1 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1858 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree
Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B. Governor of the Colony of Victoria (Plate 1 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1858 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree

Sir Henry Barkly, K.C.B. Governor of the Colony of Victoria (Plate 1 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1858 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1857-58 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree
William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1857-58 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree
William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1857-58 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree

William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1857-58 Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Lord Casey, 1938 Gordon Furlee Brown
Lord Casey, 1938 Gordon Furlee Brown
Lord Casey, 1938 Gordon Furlee Brown

Lord Casey, 1938 Gordon Furlee Brown

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist
First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist
First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist

First High Court of Australia, c. 1903 an unknown artist

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore
Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore
Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore

Sir Charles Court and Richard Court, 2006-07 Mary Moore

Portrait, oil on composition board

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

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner
Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner

Great stylists: Caruso, Melba, Pavarotti, Bonynge and Sutherland, 1983 Arthur Horner

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eric Harding and Athol Hawke 2002

Sir William Charles Windeyer, 1892 Tom Roberts

Private virtues public lives

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

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

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Elegance in exile Portrait drawings from colonial Australia

Previous exhibition, 2012

Elegance in exile is an exhibition surveying the work of Richard Read senior, Thomas Bock, Thomas Griffiths Wainewright and Charles Rodius: four artists who, though exiled to Australia as convicts, created many of the most significant and elegant portraits of the colonial period.

Pat Painting No 1, 1983 Richard Larter

Richard and Pat Art, love, absurdity and exuberance

Passion

Partners in sparkle

Portrait 29 September - November 2008

Magazine

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

Dovima with elephants, evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, August 1955 by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon People media information 8 August 2013

Archived media releases 2013

Press releases and images downloads for media.

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Richard Walley OAM honoured in new Portrait Gallery commission 2 September 2015

Archived media releases 2015

A new commissioned portrait funded by the Gallery’s Foundation will be launched at Murdoch University in Perth tonight, Wednesday 2 September.

Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955 by Richard Avedon

Image downloads Richard Avedon People

Richard Avedon People media information

Hi-resolution images for media representatives, password required.

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 Louise Hearman

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018 by Louise Hearman

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

Richard Avedon learning resource

Learning resource archive

This resource has strong connections with the Australian Curriculum and is designed primarily for upper secondary school teachers of Visual Arts, English, History and Theory of Knowledge.

John Richard Tindale, 1841 Maurice Felton
John Richard Tindale, 1841 Maurice Felton
John Richard Tindale, 1841 Maurice Felton

John Richard Tindale, 1841 Maurice Felton

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Image downloads Richard Walley OAM, by Julie Dowling

Richard Walley OAM honoured in new Portrait Gallery commission

Hi-resolution images for media representatives, password required.

Portrait 46 Spring/Summer 2013

Magazine

This issue features Richard Avedon, Tracey Moffatt, Indigenous portraiture, William Kentridge, roller derby and more.

Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Elizabeth Henrietta Fitzgerald (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)

Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Elliott 2016
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Elliott
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2016

Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Elliott
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2016

Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Study for the portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Elliott
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2016

Godfrey Miller, 1949 Kerry Dundas
Godfrey Miller, 1949 Kerry Dundas
Godfrey Miller, 1949 Kerry Dundas

Godfrey Miller, 1949 Kerry Dundas

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Elliott 2016
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig
Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Study for portrait of Peter Elliott, 1964 Jon Molvig

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Elliott 2016
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain
Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain

Francis Lymburner, 1941 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Martin Sharp, 1980 William Yang
Martin Sharp, 1980 William Yang
Martin Sharp, 1980 William Yang

Martin Sharp, 1980 William Yang

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Robert Fitzgerald, c. 1860s (printed c. 1890s) an unknown artist
Robert Fitzgerald, c. 1860s (printed c. 1890s) an unknown artist
Robert Fitzgerald, c. 1860s (printed c. 1890s) an unknown artist

Robert Fitzgerald, c. 1860s (printed c. 1890s) an unknown artist

Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott
Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Garry Shead and Tom Thompson, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

J.H. Roy Rousel, 1915 Appleby Studio
J.H. Roy Rousel, 1915 Appleby Studio
J.H. Roy Rousel, 1915 Appleby Studio

J.H. Roy Rousel, 1915 Appleby Studio

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on brown cardboard presentation mount

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

JH Roy Rousel, 1915 Teslar Studios
JH Roy Rousel, 1915 Teslar Studios
JH Roy Rousel, 1915 Teslar Studios

JH Roy Rousel, 1915 Teslar Studios

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on brown cardboard presentation mount

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

Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp
Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp
Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp

Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp

Portrait, oil on galvanised iron

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Wherrett 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Lucy Escott, early 1860s Dalton's Royal Photographic Gallery

An international troupe of two

It's Complicated

Office romance

William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell
William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell
William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell

William Westall, 1854 George Dance, William Daniell

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Martin Sharp, c. 1974 Greg Weight
Martin Sharp, c. 1974 Greg Weight
Martin Sharp, c. 1974 Greg Weight

Martin Sharp, c. 1974 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Maria Windeyer, c. 1865-68 Freeman Brothers
Maria Windeyer, c. 1865-68 Freeman Brothers
Maria Windeyer, c. 1865-68 Freeman Brothers

Maria Windeyer, c. 1865-68 Freeman Brothers

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite on brown paper studio folder

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

Richard Morecroft & Alison Mackay, 2016 Gary Grealy

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.

Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, 2006 (printed 2020) Peter Brew-Bevan

Australian Love Stories 4 January 2021

Media

A major new exhibition celebrating love in all its guises. Opening 20 March 2021.

Portrait of TERROIR, 2009 by Brett Boardman

TERROIR

General content

TERROIR directors Gerard Reinmuth, Scott Balmforth and Richard Blythe believe that the practice of architecture is the production of knowledge.

Sir Richard Branson, 1999 by David Mach (b. 1956)

Best of British Contemporary Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Previous exhibition, 2000

For the first hundred years or so of its existence, The National Portrait Gallery in London had no contemporary collection at all

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

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.

spaces between movement and stillness, 2021 Harriet Schwarzrock

Harriet Schwarzrock: spaces between movement and stillness 10 February 2021

Media

To celebrate the new exhibition Australian Love Stories, renowned Australian glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock has been commissioned to make a large-scale installation reflecting on the role the heart plays as our emotional centre.

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Annual Appeal Listed by year

Honour board
Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

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)

Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead
Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead
Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead

Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Eleanor Wingate (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)

Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 Robert Hannaford
Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 Robert Hannaford
Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 Robert Hannaford

Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 Robert Hannaford

Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of William Bowmore AO OBE 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Untitled #21/09 (after Ricci, 1700; featuring Matthew Mitcham), 2009 Ross Watson

Getting bare

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

How seven portraits within Bare reveal in a public portrait parts of the body and elements of life usually located in the private sphere.

Fans at an Easybeats concert, Sydney Stadium, 1965 Bob King

Oz Origins A little bit louder now

General content

Australia’s passion for rock ‘n roll was kindled by American and British acts in the 1950s and 60s. The novel genre’s driving, licentious rhythms and voices captured imaginations and libidos, not to mention aspiring young musicians.

Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough
Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough
Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough

Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough

Portrait, lithographic print on paper

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

William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain
William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain
William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain

William Ashton, c. 1940s Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler
Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler
Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay

The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

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

Café and shop

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The café is open 9:00am-3:30pm every day. The shop is open 10:00am to 5:00pm every day.

Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie
Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie
Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie

Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Due 2010

John Kaldor, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
John Kaldor, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
John Kaldor, 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

John Kaldor, 1975 (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

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

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.

Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain
Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain
Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain

Adrian Feint, 1939 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

William Barak at work on a drawing at Coranderrk, 1902 Johannes Heyer

The Reflecting Eye Portraits of Australian Visual Artists

Touring exhibition, 1996

As the first National Portrait Gallery travelling exhibition, The reflecting eye: portraits of Australian visual artists represents an important milestone in the history of Australia's National Portrait Gallery.

Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux

Ethel Turner, 1928 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

William Hodges RA, 1808 (dated 1810) George Dance, William Daniell
William Hodges RA, 1808 (dated 1810) George Dance, William Daniell
William Hodges RA, 1808 (dated 1810) George Dance, William Daniell

William Hodges RA, 1808 (dated 1810) George Dance, William Daniell

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

William Dobell, 1942 Max Dupain
William Dobell, 1942 Max Dupain
William Dobell, 1942 Max Dupain

William Dobell, 1942 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Rolf de Heer, Adelaide, SA, 2004 John Elliott
Rolf de Heer, Adelaide, SA, 2004 John Elliott
Rolf de Heer, Adelaide, SA, 2004 John Elliott

Rolf de Heer, Adelaide, SA, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux
Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux
Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux

Norman Lindsay, 1921 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836 William Fernyhough

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

Werner Baer, 1947 Max Dupain
Werner Baer, 1947 Max Dupain
Werner Baer, 1947 Max Dupain

Werner Baer, 1947 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sue Walker, 1977 Lewis Morley
Sue Walker, 1977 Lewis Morley
Sue Walker, 1977 Lewis Morley

Sue Walker, 1977 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

Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang

POL Portrait of a Generation

Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Reg Richardson AM, 2014 Mitch Cairns

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.

Robert Emerson Curtis, 1943 Max Dupain
Robert Emerson Curtis, 1943 Max Dupain
Robert Emerson Curtis, 1943 Max Dupain

Robert Emerson Curtis, 1943 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux
Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux
Rayner Hoff, 1924 Harold Cazneaux

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

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott
Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Arthur Boyd in his studio at Bundanon, 1993 Adam Knott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

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.

Colleen McCullough, 1992-93 (printed 2005) Anthony Browell
Colleen McCullough, 1992-93 (printed 2005) Anthony Browell
Colleen McCullough, 1992-93 (printed 2005) Anthony Browell

Colleen McCullough, 1992-93 (printed 2005) Anthony Browell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

123 Faces, 2002

123 Faces

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Magda Keaney examines the 123 Faces project by Simon Obarzanek.

The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne, 1839 Charles Turner after Sir George Hayter
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne, 1839 Charles Turner after Sir George Hayter
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne, 1839 Charles Turner after Sir George Hayter

The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne, 1839 Charles Turner after Sir George Hayter

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll
Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll
Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll

Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2009

Noah Taylor, 1994 (printed 2010) Ross Honeysett
Noah Taylor, 1994 (printed 2010) Ross Honeysett
Noah Taylor, 1994 (printed 2010) Ross Honeysett

Noah Taylor, 1994 (printed 2010) Ross Honeysett

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald
Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald
Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald

Sir James Gobbo, 1983 Paul Fitzgerald

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mercy Health and Aged Care 2006

Mary Windeyer, c. 1891 Freeman Brothers
Mary Windeyer, c. 1891 Freeman Brothers
Mary Windeyer, c. 1891 Freeman Brothers

Mary Windeyer, c. 1891 Freeman Brothers

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on studio mount

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

Elaine Haxton, c. 1940s Max Dupain
Elaine Haxton, c. 1940s Max Dupain
Elaine Haxton, c. 1940s Max Dupain

Elaine Haxton, c. 1940s Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough
Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough
Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe, 1836 William Fernyhough

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

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.

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.

William Dobell, 1942 Max Dupain

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

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910 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.

Steve Kilbey, 1981 (printed 2018) Gary Ede
Steve Kilbey, 1981 (printed 2018) Gary Ede
Steve Kilbey, 1981 (printed 2018) Gary Ede

Steve Kilbey, 1981 (printed 2018) Gary Ede

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray
Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray
Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray

Portrait of Jill Neville, 1967 (completed 1997) Reginald Gray

Portrait, oil and egg tempera on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

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.

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil and enamel on hardboard

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

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

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

Jeanne Pratt at home, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Jeanne Pratt at home, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Jeanne Pratt at home, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Jeanne Pratt at home, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alana Landsberry and Bauer Media Australia 2019

Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) Lewis Morley

Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) 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

Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding
Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding

Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001 Nicholas Harding

Portrait, ink, charcoal and conté on paper

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

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961 William Dargie

Uncommon Australians Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery

Previous exhibition, 1992

In 1988 philanthropists Gordon and Marilyn Darling decided to make an Australian portrait gallery a reality, overseeing the development of the 1992 touring exhibition Uncommon Australians.

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott
Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

Bryan Brown, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist
Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist
Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist

Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour and gouache on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alana Landsberry and Bauer Media Australia 2019

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott

Thousand Mile Stare Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

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

William Charles Windeyer, (1850s) an unknown artist
William Charles Windeyer, (1850s) an unknown artist
William Charles Windeyer, (1850s) an unknown artist

William Charles Windeyer, (1850s) an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009

George Spartels, early 1970s Ivan Gaal
George Spartels, early 1970s Ivan Gaal
George Spartels, early 1970s Ivan Gaal

George Spartels, early 1970s Ivan Gaal

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2019

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

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.

Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza
Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza
Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza

Barry Tuckwell, 1991 June Mendoza

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Tuckwell 2018

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

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

Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 , Percy Metcalfe
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 , Percy Metcalfe
Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 , Percy Metcalfe

Portrait jug of Stanley Melbourne Bruce, 1925-28 , Percy Metcalfe

Portrait, glazed ceramic

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir
Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir
Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir

Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Brian Close, Githabul Tribe, Woodenbong 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847 an unknown artist, Thomas Warton

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.

Martin Sharp, 1986 Garry Shead

Oz and beyond

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Martin Sharp fulfils the Pop art idiom of merging art and life.

Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon

Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E., 1967 William Pidgeon

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Division 2017

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.

Rosaleen Norton, Witch of Kings Cross, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

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.

James, 2012 by Myles Nelson

Myles Nelson

Finalist interviews
Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son
Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son
Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son

Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865 Burman and Son

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

The National Portrait Gallery

On a human scale

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2006

The design concepts behind the new National Portrait Gallery building in Canberra.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

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

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding 28 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2017

Nicholas Harding: 28 portraits features paintings of Robert Drewe, John Bell and Hugo Weaving alongside gorgeously coloured recent oil portraits, delicate gouaches and bold ink and charcoal drawings.

Jessica Mauboy, 2018 David Rosetzky

National Portrait Gallery unveils twenty new portrait commissions to celebrate twenty years 18 October 2018

Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled twenty new portrait commissions of Australian leaders and individualists as part of its twentieth birthday celebrations in a new exhibition, 20/20: Celebrating twenty years with twenty new portrait commissions.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

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.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

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.

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist, 2011 Andrew Mezei
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist, 2011 Andrew Mezei
Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist, 2011 Andrew Mezei

Professor Penny Sackett, astronomer and physicist, 2011 Andrew Mezei

Portrait, oil on linen

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti & Campbell

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.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

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.

Ned Kelly death mask, date unknown an unknown artist after Maximilian Kreitmayer

Sideshow Alley Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Self Portrait, Stuart Campbell by Stuart Campbell

The essence of you

Magazine article by Lee Tulloch, 2011

Lee Tulloch remembers her great friend NIDA-trained actor turned photographer Stuart Campbell.

Godfrey Miller, 1949 Kerry Dundas

Form and reality

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

A photographic portrait by Kerry Dundas captures the contemplative mind of visionary painter Godfrey Miller.

"Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?", 1956

Pop goes the preconception

Magazine article by Paul Moorhouse, 2007

A National Portrait Gallery, London exhibition redefines portraiture, shifting the focus towards a new perspective on Pop Art.

Roy de Mastre, c. 1930

An Intimate Portrait of an Australian Artist in 1930

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

Lauren Dalla examines the life of Australian painter Roy de Maistre and his portrait by Jean Shepeard.

Vincent Brady leading anti Bicentenary Protest, Brisbane, 1987 Michael Aird

Activating the space

Magazine article by Sandra Phillips, 2020

Sandra Phillips on portraits of Indigenous activism from Cairns Art Gallery’s 2019 Queen’s Land Blak Portraiture exhibition.

 

The Writer, Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 Deidre But-Husaim

The Writer: Peter Goldsworthy, 2018 by Deidre But-Husaim

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Jillian Broadbent AO and Dr Helen Nugent AO 2018.

David Stratton, 2012
 by Sharon Zwi

Sharon Zwi

Finalist interviews
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.

Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery

Architecture

About us

Natural light and human proportions – the design by Johnson Pilton Walker

Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris

Swimming every day

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2015

National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Christopher Chapman connects this year’s entries to iconic contemporary american photographers.

Kid A, 2014 by Joshua Morris

Swimming every day NPPP 2015 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2015 Prize.

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

My dream job

Magazine article by David Thomas, 2012

Artist David M Thomas lists some of the ideas and influences behind his video portraits.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

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.

JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

Magazine article by Sandy Nairne, 2006

Lecture by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, given at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra on 28 April 2006.

Portrait of Troppo Architects, 2009

Thinking about architecture and portraiture

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Christopher Chapman describes the experimental exhibition Portraits + Architecture

Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage

Myself and Eye

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.

Simone Young, 2002 Bill Henson

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.

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour on Tom Durkin playing with Melbourne's manhood.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

NPPP 2013 exhibition essay

General content

Joanna Gilmour, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2013 Prize.

Yhonnie and Indiana, 2012

Surface tension

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour on the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2013.

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Anatomist's eye

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2016

Robert Hannaford has completed around 400 portraits over the span of his career. 

Tracey, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1986 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Sophisticated and glamorous

Magazine article by Amanda Rowell, 2015

Michael Riley’s early portraits by Amanda Rowell.

Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy

Full time

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2017

Alistair McGhie reminisces about three Australian rugby greats commissioned for the Portrait Gallery collection by Patrick Corrigan AM.

Brooke Lockett, Heidi Martin, Karen Nanasca, Halaina Hills; New York, 2012 Lisa Tomasetti

Dance like everyone’s watching

About Face article

Penelope Grist’s spirits soar with Lisa Tomasetti’s Dancers in the Streets series.

Jaynie Anderson, 1962 Reshid Bey

Sitter still

Magazine article by Jaynie Anderson, 2015

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

Sam and the Perfect World, 2005

The news from Washington

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2006

Australia's former Cultural Attache to the USA, Ron Ramsey, describes the mood at the opening week of the revitalised American National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Rehearsing Godot (Mullins as Lucky) 4.11.2013 by Nicholas Harding

Waiting for Godot

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

'Artist and actors, advancing spasmodically, find their rhythm together' writes Sarah Engledow.

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.

Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone

Of beef in burgundy

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2017

Angus Trumble reveals the complex technical mastery behind a striking recent acquisition, Henry Bone’s enamel portrait of William Manning.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Whether the result of misadventure or misdemeanour, many accomplished artists were transported to Australia where they ultimately left a positive mark on the history of art in this country.

Ray Lawler, 2006 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

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

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

Profile of a marriage

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the lives of Sir George Grey and his wife Eliza, the subjects of a pair of wax medallions in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

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

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan investigates auction sales of self portraits nationally and internationally.

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour accounts for Australia’s deliciously ghoulish nineteenth century criminal portraiture. 

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.

Self-portrait, 2015 by Rod McNicol

A spectral sentience

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2019

Aimee Board reveals method, motivation and mortality in the portraiture of Rod McNicol.

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 Sands Brothers (group photograph), n.d. an unknown artist

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.

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d. an unknown artist

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.

Beach life (dog), 2006 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Over the years the young Nicholas Harding got his hands on various mice and guinea pigs, but they served mainly to illustrate the concept of mortality. 

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

The death of a gentlewoman is shrouded in mystery, a well-liked governor finds love after sorrow, and two upright men become entangled in the historical record.

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.

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.

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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