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Charles Perkins with Eileen Perkins
Charles Perkins with Eileen Perkins
Charles Perkins with Eileen Perkins

Charles Perkins with Eileen Perkins, 1964 (printed 2021)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Tim Bednall 2021

Charles and Adam
Charles and Adam
Charles and Adam

Charles and Adam, 1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

Rachel
Rachel
Rachel

Rachel, 2021

Thea Anamara Perkins
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on gessoboard

Purchased 2022

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c. 1964 (printed 2015)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 1999

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c. 1964 (printed 2003)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Charles Perkins
Charles Perkins
Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins, 1974

Frank Hinder
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen, watercolour on paper

Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM

Hetti
Hetti
Hetti

Hetti, 1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

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Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002)

Roger Scott
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2012

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Carol Jerrems, Paddington, 1976 (printed 2003)

Roger Scott
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Frances Alda

Bewitching

Magazine article by Roger Neill, 2006

Roger Neill delves into the life of a lesser-known Australian diva, Frances Alda.

"Baronet or Butcher" Sir Roger Doughty Tichborne (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1871

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Browning Mummery
Browning Mummery
Browning Mummery

Browning Mummery, c. 1925

Corona Ltd
Portrait

Gift of Roger Neill 2009

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton)

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872

Maull & Co Photographers
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek)

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

Roger Benjamin explores the intriguing union of Lina Bryans and Alex Jelinek.

Y-erran-gou-la-ga
Y-erran-gou-la-ga
Y-erran-gou-la-ga

Y-erran-gou-la-ga, published 1807

Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Portrait, engraving, hand coloured on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Cour-rou-bari-gal
Cour-rou-bari-gal
Cour-rou-bari-gal

Cour-rou-bari-gal, 1807

Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Portrait, engraving, hand coloured on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Ada Crossley
Ada Crossley
Ada Crossley

Ada Crossley, c. 1900

Rotary Photo Company Ltd
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2009

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

Oui-re-kine, 1807-1817

Barthélemy Roger after Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased 2009

Nouvelle-Hollane: N.lle Galles de Sud. Ourou-Maraé, dit bull-dog par leas Anglais, Jeune guerrier de la Tribu des Gwea-Gal. (New Holland: New South Wales. Ouron Marae, called Bull Dog by the English. a young Warrior of the Gwea Gal tribe) [From 'Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australies' by Captain Nicolas Baudin, 1800-04]
Nouvelle-Hollane: N.lle Galles de Sud. Ourou-Maraé, dit bull-dog par leas Anglais, Jeune guerrier de la Tribu des Gwea-Gal. (New Holland: New South Wales. Ouron Marae, called Bull Dog by the English. a young Warrior of the Gwea Gal tribe) [From 'Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australies' by Captain Nicolas Baudin, 1800-04]
Nouvelle-Hollane: N.lle Galles de Sud. Ourou-Maraé, dit bull-dog par leas Anglais, Jeune guerrier de la Tribu des Gwea-Gal. (New Holland: New South Wales. Ouron Marae, called Bull Dog by the English. a young Warrior of the Gwea Gal tribe) [From 'Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australies' by Captain Nicolas Baudin, 1800-04]

Nouvelle-Hollane: N.lle Galles de Sud. Ourou-Maraé, dit bull-dog par leas Anglais, Jeune guerrier de la Tribu des Gwea-Gal. (New Holland: New South Wales. Ouron Marae, called Bull Dog by the English. a young Warrior of the Gwea Gal tribe) [From 'Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australies' by Captain Nicolas Baudin, 1800-04], c. 1800

B Roger after Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, colour printed stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Archbishop Vaughan
Archbishop Vaughan
Archbishop Vaughan

Archbishop Vaughan, c. 1880

an unknown artist
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Nourou-gal-derri
Nourou-gal-derri
Nourou-gal-derri

Nourou-gal-derri, 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased 2009

Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal
Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal
Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal

Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal, 1807-1817

Barthélemy Roger after Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased 2009

Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins)
Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins)
Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins)

Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins), 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased 2009

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

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

Mervyn Bishop
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2001

Walter Reginald Hume
Walter Reginald Hume
Walter Reginald Hume

Walter Reginald Hume, c. 1944

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Hume OAM 2016

Sir Clive McPherson
Sir Clive McPherson
Sir Clive McPherson

Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

Sir James Balderstone
Sir James Balderstone
Sir James Balderstone

Sir James Balderstone, 1989

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir James McNeill
Sir James McNeill
Sir James McNeill

Sir James McNeill, 1980

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Harold Darling
Harold Darling
Harold Darling

Harold Darling, 1951

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Norman Coles
Sir Norman Coles
Sir Norman Coles

Sir Norman Coles,

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Kenneth Coles
Sir Kenneth Coles
Sir Kenneth Coles

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Edgar Coles
Sir Edgar Coles
Sir Edgar Coles

Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Hetti

Beauty and strength

Portraits by Michael Riley
Previous exhibition, 2014

Influential Indigenous Australian artist Michael Riley (1960 - 2004) created these portrait photographs between 1984 and 1990 - they stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment.

Sir Lawrence Wackett
Sir Lawrence Wackett
Sir Lawrence Wackett

Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Arlette Perkins daughter of Sir Lawrence Wackett 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Delltones
The Delltones
The Delltones

The Delltones, 1964 (printed 2019)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Dave Graney and Clare Moore
Dave Graney and Clare Moore
Dave Graney and Clare Moore

Dave Graney and Clare Moore, 1996

Bleddyn Butcher
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Essington Lewis
Essington Lewis
Essington Lewis

Essington Lewis, 1952

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

The Mask of Barry Humphries
The Mask of Barry Humphries
The Mask of Barry Humphries

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marlene McCarthy 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Cecil Colville
Sir Cecil Colville
Sir Cecil Colville

Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Due 2010

Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow
Alan Sandow

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare
Clive Shakespeare

Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite
Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Garth Porter
Garth Porter
Garth Porter

Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira, 1958

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Purchased with funds donated by Marilyn Darling AC and with the assistance of Philip Bacon Galleries 2000

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek)

The choices of a modern woman

It's Complicated

When opposites attract

Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Hetti

A photographer’s glamorous friends

Nearest & Dearest

Community, arts, activism

Sir Arvi Parbo
Sir Arvi Parbo
Sir Arvi Parbo

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alcoa World Alumina Australia 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

James T. Donovan
James T. Donovan
James T. Donovan

James T. Donovan, 1892

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2015

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, late 1930s

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on wood panel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG in recognition of Sir William Dargie's role in the establishment of the National Gallery of Australia 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Ruby Hunter
Ruby Hunter
Ruby Hunter

Ruby Hunter, 1996 (printed 2012)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2012

Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja

Wenten Rubuntja, 1998

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja
Wenten Rubuntja

Wenten Rubuntja, 2001

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Chicka Dixon
Chicka Dixon
Chicka Dixon

Chicka Dixon, 1980

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Patrick McCaughey
Patrick McCaughey
Patrick McCaughey

Patrick McCaughey, 1985

Fred Cress
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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

Frances Alda
Frances Alda
Frances Alda

Frances Alda, 1918

Herman Mishkin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2006

Chester Porter QC
Chester Porter QC
Chester Porter QC

Chester Porter QC, 1997

Graeme Inson
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Gift of Jean Porter and family 2021. Donated through the Australia Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, 1960s

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

Harry Williams
Harry Williams
Harry Williams

Harry Williams, 2005

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

Purchased 2006

Dave Graney
Dave Graney
Dave Graney

Dave Graney, 1996

Bleddyn Butcher
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

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

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

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Dame Mabel Brookes
Dame Mabel Brookes
Dame Mabel Brookes

Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Rodney Davidson AO OBE 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Tracey

Sophisticated and glamorous

Magazine article by Amanda Rowell, 2015

Michael Riley’s early portraits by Amanda Rowell.

Reg Livermore, Pitt Street, Sydney
Reg Livermore, Pitt Street, Sydney
Reg Livermore, Pitt Street, Sydney

Reg Livermore, Pitt Street, Sydney, 1965 (printed 2020)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2020

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Portrait of Leslie Walford, 1970s

Vaike Liibus
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Hardy 2019

George Foletta
George Foletta
George Foletta

George Foletta,

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Alice Myra Foletta 2006

Angus Trumble and Brownie

A bear of great substance

About Face article

Just in time for Christmas, Angus reflects on the most special present he has ever received.

On the passage and pace of time

About Face article

In shock it fluctuates and with age, accelerates. Remembering the First World War and the Easter Rising.

John Farnham

Glossy - Faces Magazines Now

Previous exhibition, 1999

Magazines are the portrait galleries of the 90s... Glossy is about magazines. The exhibition presents the work of eight photographers, Australian by birth or long-term residency, who are producing portraits for publication in magazines around the world.

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Sydney Airports Corporation 2001

Sherbet
Sherbet
Sherbet

Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sir Macfarlane Burnet
Sir Macfarlane Burnet
Sir Macfarlane Burnet

Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-1961

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016)

Stuart Spence
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Mel Gibson

POL

Portrait of a Generation
Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Senator Bonner

Black tie or wombat: How formal should I go?

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

Michael Desmond discusses the portrait of Senator Neville Bonner by Robert Campbell Jnr.

15 minutes of frame

NPG London, Scotland and Australia, 28 January 2021
Recorded virtual programs

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series.

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.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Paul Kelly

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

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

Ned Kelly death mask

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.

Study for Aunty Mary King, 2010 by Mathew Lynn

The animating signature

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmore delights in the affecting drawings of Mathew Lynn.

Virginia Woolf, 1902 George Charles Beresford

Love my way

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2022

Inga Walton delves into the bohemian group of artists and writers who used each other as muses and transformed British culture.

Sir Lawrence Wackett

Starry knight

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Aircraft designer, pilot and entrepreneur, Sir Lawrence Wackett rejoins friends and colleagues on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.

Dave Graney

Naked nostalgia

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist reminisces about the halcyon days of a print icon, before the infusion of the internet’s shades of grey.

Victor Trumper

Top shot that

Magazine article by Gideon Haigh, 2009

Gideon Haigh discusses portraits of Australian cricketers from the early 20th century

Charles Haddon Chambers

Suave

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

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

The National Portrait Gallery

In the galleries

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Christopher Chapman highlights the inaugural hang of the new National Portrait Gallery building which opened in December 2008.

Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 by Napier Waller

Enigma

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll contemplates the curious case of Christian Waller.

Director John Duigan and actor Judy Davis on the set of ‘Winter of our Dreams’, Sydney, 1981 by Robert McFarlane

Natural born stiller

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist speaks to Robert McFarlane about shooting for the stars.

Matepai c. 1929-32

Missionary positions

Magazine article by Stella Ramage, 2016

Stella Ramage on Father McHardy’s Bougainville portraiture.

The girls, 2017 by Tamara Dean

Snap decisions

Magazine article by Robert Cook, 2018

NPPP judge Robert Cook provides irreverent insight into this year’s fare, and having to be a bit judgemental.

Judy Davis and Sam Neill in ‘My Brilliant Career’, 1979 David Kynoch

Moving still

Magazine article by Anne O'Hehir, 2022

Anne O’Hehir on the seductive power of the film still to reflect and shape ourselves and our cultural landscape.

Tony Bilson

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

Ned Kelly death mask

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Sarah Bernhardt, 1876 by Georges Clairin

Demimonde liaisons

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2017

Jane Raffan feasts on modernity’s entrée in the Belle Époque theatre of the demimonde.

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.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

Angus Trumble reflects on the force of nature that was Helena Rubinstein.

Seven sisters song Kaylene Whiskey

You are who?

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2022

Joanna Gilmour reflects on merging collections and challenging traditional assumptions around portraiture in WHO ARE YOU.

Lesley Harding

Faces of war

Lecture, 14 May 2011
General content

Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne explores Albert Tucker’s experience of World War II, his interests in the intersection between psychology and creativity, and their influence on his portrait making.

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