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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002) Roger Scott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
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, 1918 Herman Mishkin

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

"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

The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers
The Tichborne Claimant (Arthur Orton), c. 1872 Maull & Co Photographers

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), 1955 Lina Bryans

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

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

Cour-rou-bari-gal, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Cour-rou-bari-gal, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Cour-rou-bari-gal, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

Cour-rou-bari-gal, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

Portrait, engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

Y-erran-gou-la-ga, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Y-erran-gou-la-ga, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Y-erran-gou-la-ga, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

Y-erran-gou-la-ga, 1807 Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

Portrait, engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by
Ross A Field 2008

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] Nicolas-Martin Petit, B Roger
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] Nicolas-Martin Petit, B Roger
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] Nicolas-Martin Petit, B Roger

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 Nicolas-Martin Petit, B Roger

Portrait, colour printed stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Archbishop Vaughan, c. 1880 an unknown artist
Archbishop Vaughan, c. 1880 an unknown artist
Archbishop Vaughan, c. 1880 an unknown artist

Archbishop Vaughan, c. 1880 an unknown artist

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Rose Scott, 1913 May Moore
Rose Scott, 1913 May Moore
Rose Scott, 1913 May Moore

Rose Scott, 1913 May Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute

Adam Scott by Robin Sellick

Portrait story

An interview with photographer Robin Sellick about his portrait of golfing champion Adam Scott.

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Boy with surfboard cross: David Rastovich, 1999 (printed 2005) Scott Redford
Boy with surfboard cross: David Rastovich, 1999 (printed 2005) Scott Redford
Boy with surfboard cross: David Rastovich, 1999 (printed 2005) Scott Redford

Boy with surfboard cross: David Rastovich, 1999 (printed 2005) Scott Redford

Portrait, offset lithograph on paper

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

Scott Redford: Introducing
Reinhardt Dammn

Surfer artist rockstar

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Christopher Chapman talks with Scott Redford about his character Reinhardt Dammn.

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford
Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford

Portrait, Laser-cut vinyl and computer print on aluminium composite sheet, painted custom-wood frame

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2008

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

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

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins), (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins), (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger
Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins), (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

Gnoung-a-gnoung-a Mour-re-mour-ga (dit Collins), (1807-17) Nicolas-Martin Petit after Barthélemy Roger

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell
Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell
Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell

Dame Margaret Scott, 1949 Kenneth Rowell

Portrait, pen and ink, brush and ink and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Professor Derek Denton AC and Dame Margaret Scott AC 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

David Rastovich, 2010

Golden boy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman examines Scott Redford's photographic portrait of Australian surfer David 'Rasta' Rastovich.

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford

Speed demon

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

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

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

No shirt, no service

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

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

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

Backstage on the way to the top

Passion

Living for the moment

Browning Mummery, c. 1925 Corona Ltd.
Browning Mummery, c. 1925 Corona Ltd.
Browning Mummery, c. 1925 Corona Ltd.

Browning Mummery, c. 1925 Corona Ltd.

Portrait

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2009

Walter Reginald Hume, c. 1944 William Dargie
Walter Reginald Hume, c. 1944 William Dargie
Walter Reginald Hume, c. 1944 William Dargie

Walter Reginald Hume, c. 1944 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Hume OAM 2016

Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie
Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie
Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie

Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie
Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie
Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie

Sir James McNeill, 1980 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Harold Darling, 1951 William Dargie
Harold Darling, 1951 William Dargie
Harold Darling, 1951 William Dargie

Harold Darling, 1951 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie
Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie
Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie

Sir James Balderstone, 1989 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie
Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie
Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979 William Dargie

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, c. 1970 William Dargie
Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie
Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie

Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Norman Coles William Dargie
Sir Norman Coles William Dargie
Sir Norman Coles William Dargie

Sir Norman Coles, William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Portrait 39 March - May 2011

Magazine

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

Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006 by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Previous exhibition, 2007

Photography is the most pervasive and popular medium for portraiture and makes a natural fit with the Gallery, being a natural extension of the Gallery's longstanding commitment to photography as a contemporary portrait medium.

Zareth, 2009 by Scott Bycroft

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2010

Previous exhibition, 2010

The National Photographic Portrait Prize is an annual event intended to promote the very best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

Portrait 35 March - May 2010

Magazine

This issue features suspected poisoner and portrait artist Thomas Wainewright, Rick Amor, Chuck Close, Mick Dodson, Scott Redford, the National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition and more.

Professor Derek Denton, 2009 Janet Dawson
Professor Derek Denton, 2009 Janet Dawson
Professor Derek Denton, 2009 Janet Dawson

Professor Derek Denton, 2009 Janet Dawson

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Professor Derek Denton AC and Dame Margaret Scott AC 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis

Oz Rock Gettin’ robbed, gettin’ stoned, gettin’ beat up, broken boned

General content

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

Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie
Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie
Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie

Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie

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, c. 1972 William Dargie
The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie
The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie

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, 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

Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd

Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2009

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

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

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

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, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

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, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

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, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

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

Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie
Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie
Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie

Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds donated by Marilyn Darling AC and with the assistance of Philip Bacon Galleries 2000

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

The choices of a modern woman

It's Complicated

When opposites attract

Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley

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

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d. William Dargie

Portrait, oil on masonite

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

Self portrait, late 1930s William Dargie
Self portrait, late 1930s William Dargie
Self portrait, late 1930s William Dargie

Self portrait, late 1930s William Dargie

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

Bernie McGann, 1999 Sage
Bernie McGann, 1999 Sage
Bernie McGann, 1999 Sage

Bernie McGann, 1999 Sage

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts
James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts
James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts

James T. Donovan, 1892 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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

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

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

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie
Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie
Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

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.

Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie
Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie
Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie

Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rodney Davidson AO OBE 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Prison and death in the 19th century Two iBooks of authentic records

Learning resources

16 inmates including Ned Kelly, Captain Moonlite and Frederick Deeming. And 12 sketches of the deceased, including several children.

Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist
Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist
Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist

Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

George Foletta William Dargie
George Foletta William Dargie
George Foletta William Dargie

George Foletta, William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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Portrait of Leslie Walford, 1970s Vaike Liibus

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sally Hardy 2019

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

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.

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson
Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson
Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson

Trevor Jamieson, 2016 Brett Canet-Gibson

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Jim Conway, 2006 Greg Warburton

Selfhood transcended

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman, 2018

Anne Sanders and Christopher Chapman bring passionate characterisation to Express Yourself, the Portrait Gallery collection exhibition celebrating iconoclastic Australians.

Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961 William Dargie
Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961 William Dargie
Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961 William Dargie

Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961 William Dargie

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

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

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

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin
Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin
Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin

Frances Alda, 1918 Herman Mishkin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2006

Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

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, 1960-1961 William Dargie
Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-1961 William Dargie
Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-1961 William Dargie

Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-1961 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Guthugga Pipeline, Christmas Show, upstairs, The (old) Griffin Centre, Civic, 22 December 1979. Crowd, L-R : Ben Donaldson, Anne Redmond, Nick Vollis, Esa  Makela, Megan Woodrow (Mohawk), Andy Hall (scarf) 'pling

Capital Cool Stop in all the byways, playin' rock 'n roll

General content

Outsiders tend to give Canberra a bad rap: sterile, plagued by politicians, a comatose capital for professionals and academics. Nick Cave once said he didn’t like the city because there were too many punks.

Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence
Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence

Russell Crowe, 1995 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Mel Gibson, 1982 William Yang

POL Portrait of a Generation

Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
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.

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.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

First Ladies Significant Australian Women 1913–2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

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

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

So Fine Contemporary women artists make Australian history

Previous exhibition, 2018

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

Dan Sultan, 2011 Martin Philbey

Dan the man

Magazine article by India Bednall, 2015

Martin Philbey’s portrait of Dan Sultan.

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould
Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

John Farnham, 1996 Polly Borland

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.

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.

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill
William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill
William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill), 1982 Paul Worstead

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

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.

Zareth, 2009

I am mine

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman, curator and judge of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 contextualises the themes of the exhibition.

Charlie, 2017 by Lee Grant

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 8 March 2018

Archived media releases 2018

Images for media use will be available from 8 March 2018.

Zareth, 2009 by Scott Bycroft

NPPP 2010 exhibition essay

General content

Dr Christopher Chapman, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2010 Prize.

Karen Gillan, 2010

Hot Scots

Magazine article by Christopher Baker, 2013

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

Caroline Pileggi, 2005 Toni Wilkinson

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.

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.

The Cutmear sisters, Jane and Lucy, c. 1842

A man of superior attainments

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

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

Dulcie Deamer, c. 1920

Out of the shadows

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour profiles the life and times of the shutter sisters May and Mina Moore.

Mr John Eason, 1838 W. B. Gould

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of convict-turned-artist William Buelow Gould.

Victor Trumper, 1905 George Beldam, Sun Electric Engraving Company

Top shot that

Magazine article by Gideon Haigh, 2009

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

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.

Charles Haddon Chambers, 1921 Ralph Barton

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.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain NPPP 2007 exhibition essay

General content

Michael Desmond, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2007 Prize.

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond profiles a handful of the entrants in first National Photographic Portrait Prize and notes emerging themes and categories.

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.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Australians in Hollywood

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2003

The exhibition Australians in Hollywood celebrated the achievements of Australians in the highly competitive American film industry.

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.

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Tony Bilson, c. 2005 George Fetting

Eating the seasons

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2019

Anne Sanders imbibes Tony Bilson’s gastronomic revolution.

Self Portrait with Stetson, 2011 by Darren McDonald

Painting them gently

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

Penny Grist on motivation, method and melancholy in the portraiture of Darren McDonald.

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

Self portrait, c. 1911 Frank Hurley

Of ice and men

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Frank Hurley's celebrated images document the heroism and minutiae of Australian exploration in Antarctica.

NPPP finalists

20 20

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

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

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

Great Scots

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2017

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

Scone, 2010 by Darren McDonald
Private collection, Melbourne and courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

Darren McDonald

Explore The Popular Pet Show

The wild balancing act of McDonald’s home décor (is that there as a joke? where do I actually sit down? is this ironic or what? what a lovely photo of Darren and Robin in Europe!) is reflected in his own personality.

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

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961 William Dargie

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.

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.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957 Graham Sutherland

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

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

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

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

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

Uncommon Australians The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling

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

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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