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Lord John Russell, 1844 Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick
Lord John Russell, 1844 Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick
Lord John Russell, 1844 Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick

Lord John Russell, 1844 Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick

Portrait, mezzotint

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin
Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin
Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin

Charles Joseph La Trobe, c. 1857 Francis Grant, Samuel Bellin

Portrait, mezzotint

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sir Saul Samuel, c.1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Sir Saul Samuel, c.1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Sir Saul Samuel, c.1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Sir Saul Samuel, c.1870 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton
Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton
Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton

Miss Frances Samuel, 1840 Maurice Felton

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

"A Squatter" Sir Samuel Wilson (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1885 Sir Leslie Ward
"A Squatter" Sir Samuel Wilson (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1885 Sir Leslie Ward
"A Squatter" Sir Samuel Wilson (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1885 Sir Leslie Ward

"A Squatter" Sir Samuel Wilson (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1885 Sir Leslie Ward

Portrait, chromolithograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf
Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf
Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

Portrait, charcoal heightened with white chalk

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

"Sammy" Samuel Wood (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Henry Seppings-Wright
"Sammy" Samuel Wood (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Henry Seppings-Wright
"Sammy" Samuel Wood (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Henry Seppings-Wright

"Sammy" Samuel Wood (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892 Henry Seppings-Wright

Portrait, chromolithograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Matthew Burnett, c.1865 Henry Samuel Sadd
Matthew Burnett, c.1865 Henry Samuel Sadd
Matthew Burnett, c.1865 Henry Samuel Sadd

Matthew Burnett, c.1865 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, steel engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

The Hon. Sir Francis Forbes, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

The Hon. Sir James Dowling, c.1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd
Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd
Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd

Sir James Martin, c.1880's Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd
The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd

The Honorable Sir Frederick Darley, c. 1887 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

All there in black and white

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery acquired a beguiling silhouette group portrait by Samuel Metford, an English artist who spent periods of his working life in America.

William John Wills, 2nd. In command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
William John Wills, 2nd. In command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
William John Wills, 2nd. In command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

William John Wills, 2nd. In command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by
Ross A Field 2007

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd
Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, mezzotint

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801 Samuel Shelley, James Heath

Portrait, stipple engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry), 1876 Thomas Atkinson, Henry Weigall Jnr, Samuel Mullen
The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry), 1876 Thomas Atkinson, Henry Weigall Jnr, Samuel Mullen
The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry), 1876 Thomas Atkinson, Henry Weigall Jnr, Samuel Mullen

The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry), 1876 Thomas Atkinson, Henry Weigall Jnr, Samuel Mullen

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

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

New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c.1920 Frank Neish
New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c.1920 Frank Neish
New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c.1920 Frank Neish

New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c.1920 Frank Neish

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of FW Macpherson 2012

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

Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin
Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin
Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin

Lieutenant Watts, 1789 Samuel Shelley, John Sherwin

Portrait, stipple engraving

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869 Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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

Portrait, engraving on paper (2 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford
MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford
MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

Portrait, brush and ink, pen and ink, stencil cut-out with watercolour highlights

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Nancy Wiseman 2007

Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews
Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews
Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews

Peter O'Shaughnessy, 1947 Howard Matthews

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson

Joseph Banks, 1774 Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan, 2002 Leeanne Crisp
'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan, 2002 Leeanne Crisp
'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan, 2002 Leeanne Crisp

'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan, 2002 Leeanne Crisp

Portrait, 9 watercolour and gouache on vellum

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings
David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings
David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings

David Moore, Max Dupain and John Gollings, 1980 Kate Gollings

Portrait, colour digital print on photographic paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Max Dupain, Artamon, Sydney, 1979 (printed 2000) David Moore
Max Dupain, Artamon, Sydney, 1979 (printed 2000) David Moore
Max Dupain, Artamon, Sydney, 1979 (printed 2000) David Moore

Max Dupain, Artamon, Sydney, 1979 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall
Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall
Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall

Omai, 1777 William Hodges, James Caldwall

Portrait, copper line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan
Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan
Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan

Dame Jean Macnamara, c. 1930 Donovan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Merran Samuel (nee Connor) 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Angus Trumble National Portrait Gallery Director

National Portrait Gallery Director announced 20 December 2013

Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery welcomes Angus Trumble

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

Donated through the Australian Government's
Cultural Gifts Program in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010

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 Gift Program

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

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.

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c.1862 Stephen Edward Nixon

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

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.

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.

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.

To our glorious dead – For the national life by Ellis Hutch

Reflections

General content

All that fall: Sacrifice, life and loss in the First World War exhibition co-curators Dr Anne Sanders and Dr Christopher Chapman reflect on the evolution of the Gallery’s Anzac Centenary exhibition.

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.

Sir Sidney Kidman, 1932 Samuel Woolf

The fat of the land

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir Sidney Kidman (1857-1935) is inscribed in Australian legend as the ‘Cattle King’. 

Staffordshire bull terrier belonging to the Rev. John Gower, 1851

Essential portraiture

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond in conversation with University of Houston professor of philosophy Cynthia Freeland.

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.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

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

Charles Summers, (late 1860s) Batchelder & Co. Photo

The importance of being bearded

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

Joanna Gilmour discovers that the beards of the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills were as epic as their expedition to traverse Australia from south to north.

Mutiny on the Bounty (The Mutineers turning Lieutenant Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship the Bounty), 1790 Robert Dodd

High & Bligh

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Joanna Gilmour explores the 1790 portrait of William Bligh by Robert Dodd.

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.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board

View the list of all 549 portrait donors

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Thrown together

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Shipmates for years, James Cook and Joseph Banks each kept a journal but neither man shed light on their relationship.

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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