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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.

Stephen Ridgeway and Stephen Russell
Stephen Ridgeway and Stephen Russell
Stephen Ridgeway and Stephen Russell

Stephen Ridgeway and Stephen Russell, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

The Saints
The Saints
The Saints

The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

Stephen Murray-Smith

Stephen Murray-Smith

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide
Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862

Stephen Edward Nixon
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Purchased 2018

Recollections of a sinologist sitter

Magazine article by Professor Stephen FitzGerald AO, 2016

Professor Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia’s first Ambassador to China, traces the historical course from sino-australian cultural engagement to a maturing Australian identity.

Charles Teo

Charlie's angles

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2017

Stephen Phillips talks to neurosurgeon Charlie Teo about his practice, perspectives and the anatomy of hope.

Nannultera, a young cricketer of the Natives' Training Institution, Poonindie , 1854 John Michael Crossland

The catechist and the cricketer

Magazine article by Stephen Valambras Graham, 2021

Stephen Valambras Graham traverses the intriguing socio-political terrain behind two iconic First Nations portraits of the 1850s.

Untitled, 2020 Steph Fuller

The look and the feel

Living Memory exhibition essay
General content

Editor Stephen Phillips looks at the finalists' photographs through a judge's lens.

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.

Stephen Murray-Smith
Stephen Murray-Smith
Stephen Murray-Smith

Stephen Murray-Smith, 1980

Fred Williams
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

"Lao Fei" Stephen FitzGerald, 2003

Dalu Zhao
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Dr Stephen Fitzgerald
Dr Stephen Fitzgerald
Dr Stephen Fitzgerald

Dr Stephen Fitzgerald, late 1970s

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, pencil on paper

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

Alfred Stephen
Alfred Stephen
Alfred Stephen

Alfred Stephen, 1885

William Macleod after Newman
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sir Ninian Stephen
Sir Ninian Stephen
Sir Ninian Stephen

Sir Ninian Stephen, 1984

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Miles and Arkie, 2015 by Clint Peloso

Shop Talk

Magazine article by Stephen Phillips, 2016

Angus and the arbiters talk (photo) shop for the National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Stephen and Russell Page
Stephen and Russell Page
Stephen and Russell Page

Stephen and Russell Page, 1993 (printed 2011)

Robert Rosen
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Robert Rosen 2012

Stephen, Russell and David Page
Stephen, Russell and David Page
Stephen, Russell and David Page

Stephen, Russell and David Page, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Portrait of Louise Forthun in front of a Stephen Bram
Portrait of Louise Forthun in front of a Stephen Bram
Portrait of Louise Forthun in front of a Stephen Bram

Portrait of Louise Forthun in front of a Stephen Bram, 1992

Angela Brennan
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey
Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey
Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey

Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey, c. 1871

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Stephen, Russell and David Page

Bangarra brothers: songman, storyteller, dancer

Passion

Creative kin

Sir Charles Nicholson
Sir Charles Nicholson
Sir Charles Nicholson

Sir Charles Nicholson, 1898

Elliott and Fry
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Stephen Scheding and Jim Berry 2015

May Wirth
May Wirth
May Wirth

May Wirth, c. 1921

Daguerre Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Chang the Chinese giant and party
Chang the Chinese giant and party
Chang the Chinese giant and party

Chang the Chinese giant and party, c. 1871

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Steven Heathcote
Steven Heathcote
Steven Heathcote

Steven Heathcote, 2007

Julian Kingma
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of Julian Kingma 2008

Some lads #1 (Russell Page)
Some lads #1 (Russell Page)
Some lads #1 (Russell Page)

Some lads #1 (Russell Page), 1986

Tracey Moffatt AO
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 1998. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Get Wet series (Greedy Smith)
Get Wet series (Greedy Smith)
Get Wet series (Greedy Smith)

Get Wet series (Greedy Smith), 1979

Paul Worstead
Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa)
Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa)
Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa)

Get Wet series (Reg Mombassa), 1979

Paul Worstead
Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty)
Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty)
Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty)

Get Wet series (Peter O'Doherty), 1979

Paul Worstead
Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Get Wet series (Martin Plaza)
Get Wet series (Martin Plaza)
Get Wet series (Martin Plaza)

Get Wet series (Martin Plaza), 1979

Paul Worstead
Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

Get Wet series (David Twohill)
Get Wet series (David Twohill)
Get Wet series (David Twohill)

Get Wet series (David Twohill), 1979

Paul Worstead
Portrait, screenprint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America

The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878

A & G Taylor
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

David Malouf

2012-13 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

The Circle of Friends Acquisition Fund for 2012 was dedicated to purchasing a portrait of David Malouf by Rick Amor.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

2014-15 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

Kristin Headlam's portrait of Chris Wallace-Crabbe was acquired with the support of the Circle of Friends in 2014.

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Peter Porter, 2004

Tony Clark
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and permanent marker on canvas

Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt.

Magna Carta

About Face article

On this day eight hundred years ago at Runnymede near Windsor, King John signed Magna Carta.

Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland
Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland
Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland

Portrait of Bennilong, a Native of New Holland, c. 1810

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper

Purchased 2014

David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil, c. 1981

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

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

What the tree saw: David Foster
What the tree saw: David Foster
What the tree saw: David Foster

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

Jacqui Stockdale
Portrait, inkjet print and oil on canvas, mounted with inset axe pendant

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony
Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony
Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Edward Henty
Edward Henty
Edward Henty

Edward Henty, late 19th century

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tim Clark 2018

Portrait of Alan Marshall
Portrait of Alan Marshall
Portrait of Alan Marshall

Portrait of Alan Marshall, 1955

Lina Bryans
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland
Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland
Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland

Portrait of Bennilong, Native of New Holland, c. 1798

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

George Gregan
George Gregan
George Gregan

George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2001

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol
Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol
Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol, 1867

an unknown artist
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid down on a section cut from a nineteenth century album page

Purchased 2019

Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006
Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006
Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006

Gulpilil (David) Dreaming - Kakadu 2006, 2006

George Fetting
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2008

Jacob Nash
Jacob Nash
Jacob Nash

Jacob Nash, 2017

Ingvar Kenne
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portait 65

Portrait 65

Autumn/Winter 2021
Magazine

Hugh Ramsay, the fashion of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, Peter Wegner's centenarian series, John and Elizabeth Gould's family connections, Karen Quinlan's top five portraits and more.

Decorative portrait – Len Lye, c.1925 by Rayner Hoff (1894-1937)

Presence and Absence

Portrait Sculpture in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2003

This exhibition focuses on exploring national and communal identity through sculptural production in Australia, from the early decades of settlement through to the present day

David Gulpilil, Arnhem Land
David Gulpilil, Arnhem Land
David Gulpilil, Arnhem Land

David Gulpilil, Arnhem Land, 1981 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

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.

Russell Page in Venice
Russell Page in Venice
Russell Page in Venice

Russell Page in Venice, 1997

Brenda L Croft
Portrait, triptych of type C photographs on paper

Purchased 2002

Axe Me Biggie

Axe Me Biggie

Magazine article by Stephen Dupont, 2008

Australian photojournalist Stephen Dupont's Afghanistan project captures the human experience of a country in reconstruction.

So Fine catalogue

National Portrait Gallery takes out top gong in MAPDA awards

16 May 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is thrilled to be named the winner of the Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards in the category of exhibition major catalogue level B, for our publication So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.

The Demon Bowler
The Demon Bowler
The Demon Bowler

The Demon Bowler" Frederick Robert Spofforth (image plate from Vanity Fair), 1878

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Frog Hunter, Damien Wurrkidj, 2011 by Matthew Abbott

Matthew Abbott

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Reg Richardson AM

2015-17 Acquisition Fund

Annual Appeal

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.

George Barrington, c.1785

Celebrity cutpurse

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2010

Grace Carroll discusses the portrait of the late-eighteenth century gentleman pickpocket George Barrington.

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett
Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett

Chang the Chinese Giant with his wife Kin Foo and manager Edward Parlett, c. 1871

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, albumen photograph carte de visite

Purchased 2010

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

Akira Isogawa

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

Malcolm Fraser

Country man

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2015

Angus Trumble’s tribute to the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.

Finalists announced for National Photographic Portrait Prize

14 November 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery would like to congratulate the forty finalists for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019.

Ben Roberts-Smith

Ben Roberts-Smith, 2018

by Julian Kingma
General content

Commissioned in 2018 with funds raised through the 2020 project

Silent Strength, 2021 Wayne Quilliam

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2022

Previous exhibition, 2022

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.

The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KGAK GCMG GCVO KBE QC, 2006 by Rick Amor

Prima facie

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow casts a judicious eye over portraits in the Victorian Bar’s Peter O’Callaghan QC Portrait Gallery.

Creator versus character - Chris Lilley

How to be a boy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Christopher Chapman profiles Chris Lilley, actor and creator of Angry Boys.

Cormac and Callum, 2008 by Ingvar Kenne

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009

Previous exhibition, 2009

In its second year at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the first time touring to other venues, the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 continues to present surprising perspectives on the nature of contemporary portrait photography.

What the tree saw: David Foster

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

by Jacqui Stockdale
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Nicole Kidman

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.

Portrait of Elizabeth Gould with a raptor, possibly a red-footed falcon (Falco vespertinus), painted in her lifetime Artist unknown

Birds of a feather

Magazine article by Annette Twyman, 2021

Charting a path from cockatiel to finch, Annette Twyman explores her family portraits and stories.

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.

The vigil, 2011 by Anthony Anderton

Anthony Anderton

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

Magazine article by Patrick McCaughey, 2015

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

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.

Jim Cobb at Chroma factory Mt Kuring-gai, NSW, 2017 by Mark Mohell

The alchemist’s profile

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2017

John Zubrzycki meets Australian paint pioneer Jim Cobb.

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.

Leigh Bowery in Fur Coat

Hyperversity

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the larger-than-life Australian performance artist, Leigh Bowery.

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.

Sisters, 2015 by André Brönnimann

Adam’s Prize Apples

Magazine article by Pamela Gerrish Nunn, 2016

Pamela Gerrish Nunn explores New Zealand’s premium award for portraiture.

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940

The incomparable Beaton

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

To accompany the exhibition Cecil Beaton: Portraits, held at the NPG in 2005, this article is drawn from Hugo Vickers's authorised biography, Cecil Beaton (1985).

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)

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.

Helen Borthwick née Pearson

The personal and the historical

About Face article

Where do we draw a line between the personal and the historical? Although she died in Melbourne in 1975, when I was not quite eleven years old, I have the vividest memories of my maternal grandmother Helen Borthwick.

Nicholas Harding, 2016 Mark Mohell

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. 

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
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.

Barry Humphries

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

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

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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