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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.

Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane

Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842

Frederick Bromley after Robert Frain
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2008

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published)

James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

Katharine Brisbane

Katharine Brisbane

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1974

Katharine Brisbane
Katharine Brisbane
Katharine Brisbane

Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Mabel Forrest
Mabel Forrest
Mabel Forrest

Mabel Forrest, 1917

Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Self portrait

Elegance in exile

Portrait drawings from colonial Australia
Previous exhibition, 2012

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

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa
Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa
Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa, c. 1847

an unknown artist, Thomas Wharton
Portrait, daguerreotype in a pinchbeck case

Purchased 2001

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)
The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878)

The Bushranger Tragedy (from The Australasian Sketcher, 23 November 1878), 1878

an unknown artist, The Australasian Sketcher
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Purchased 2003

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

David M Thomas

Dream Job
Previous exhibition, 2011

Since 1993 Brisbane-based artist David M Thomas has investigated self identity through art works that encompass painting, text, audio, video and performance.

Andy Thomas

'When I grow up I want to be an astronaut'
Portrait story

An interview with Australian astronaut, Dr. Andy Thomas, who describes the experience of space travel.

Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally part one

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally part two

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

image not online

Self portrait, 1971

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Diana de Kessler 2009

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

My dream job

Magazine article by David Thomas AM, 2012

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

Thomas Lee
Thomas Lee
Thomas Lee

Thomas Lee, 1847?

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Rover Thomas
Rover Thomas
Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Thomas White, midshipman
Thomas White, midshipman
Thomas White, midshipman

Thomas White, midshipman, c. 1838

John Kay
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Muir of Huntershill
Thomas Muir of Huntershill
Thomas Muir of Huntershill

Thomas Muir of Huntershill, 1838

John Kay
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

The Explorers & Early Colonists of Victoria
The Explorers & Early Colonists of Victoria
The Explorers & Early Colonists of Victoria

The Explorers & Early Colonists of Victoria, 1872

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, composite albumen photograph on paper

Purchased 2018

Daniel Thomas
Daniel Thomas
Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas, 1987

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Peter Kampfner 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Major Thomas Lord
Major Thomas Lord
Major Thomas Lord

Major Thomas Lord, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2015

Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas
Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas, 2002

Montalbetti + Campbell
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002

Thomas Woolner
Thomas Woolner
Thomas Woolner

Thomas Woolner, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Reverend Thomas Buddle
Reverend Thomas Buddle
Reverend Thomas Buddle

Reverend Thomas Buddle, 1863

Batchelder & O'Neill
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Thomas Keneally
Thomas Keneally
Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally, 1987

Bernd Heinrich
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

"Round the World" Thomas Brassey (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1877

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Leech
Thomas Leech
Thomas Leech

Thomas Leech, n.d.

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

Thomas Pennant
Thomas Pennant
Thomas Pennant

Thomas Pennant, c. 1790

William Ridley
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Thomas Muir
Thomas Muir
Thomas Muir

Thomas Muir, 1800

François Bonneville
Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins
Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins
Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins

Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, c. 1790

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on cotton laid down on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter E.B. Mansell 2018

Thomas Simson Pratt
Thomas Simson Pratt
Thomas Simson Pratt

Thomas Simson Pratt, c. 1863

Batchelder & O'Neill
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

image not online

The Last of the Angry Penguins - John Perceval, 1999

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, ink, coloured pencil, gouache, crayon and fibre-tipped pen on double layer mount board with gold coloured ink border

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Thomas de Kessler 2001

Jessie Whyte
Jessie Whyte
Jessie Whyte

Jessie Whyte, c. 1840

Thomas Bock
Portrait, pastel and chalk on paper laid down on cotton over Cedar strainer

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Caroline Amelia Elizabeth
of Brunswick, 1804

Around the grounds

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2010

Anne Sanders writes about the exhibitions Victoria & Albert: Art & Love on display at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the retrospective of Sir Thomas Lawrence at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Jessie Robertson
Jessie Robertson
Jessie Robertson

Jessie Robertson, c. 1849

Thomas Bock
Portrait, pencil, chalk and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

image not online

John Perceval, 1999

Thomas de Kessler
Portrait, ink, coloured pencil, gouache, crayon and fibre-tipped pen on single mount board with gold coloured ink border

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Thomas de Kessler 2001

Portrait of Tam Purves
Portrait of Tam Purves
Portrait of Tam Purves

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958

John Brack
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Alexander Pearce
executed for murder
July 19th 1824

Public hanging

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

As a convict Thomas Bock was required to sketch executed murders for science; as a free man, fashionable society portraits.

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814

Thomas Phillips
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2011

William Robertson
William Robertson
William Robertson

William Robertson, c. 1852

Thomas Bock
Portrait, 1/6 plate daguerreotype, hand coloured with case

Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William Charles Wentworth
William Charles Wentworth
William Charles Wentworth

William Charles Wentworth, 1854

Thomas Woolner
Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Simpson family in memory of Caroline Simpson OAM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Charles Nicholson
Sir Charles Nicholson
Sir Charles Nicholson

Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854

Thomas Woolner
Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased through the Foundation Acquisitions Fund 2015

William Dampier
William Dampier
William Dampier

William Dampier, c. 1780

unknown artist after Thomas Murray
Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Queen Susan
Queen Susan
Queen Susan

Queen Susan, c. 1868

Thomas J. Washbourne
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Jack Lang

Jack Lang

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

William Robertson jnr
William Robertson jnr
William Robertson jnr

William Robertson jnr, c. 1852

Thomas Bock
Portrait, 1/6 plate daguerreotype, hand coloured with case

Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Men of the Day No.19
Men of the Day No.19
Men of the Day No.19

Men of the Day No.19 "A great Med'cine-Man among the inquiring Redskins" Thomas Henry Huxley (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1871

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864

J. Walch & Sons
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley
Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley, c. 1870

Maull & Co Photographers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Thomas Wentworth Wills
Thomas Wentworth Wills
Thomas Wentworth Wills

Thomas Wentworth Wills, c. 1859

an unknown artist
Portrait, 1/2 plate ambrotype with applied colour in a double elliptical brass matt in a leather case

Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr

Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne
Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne
Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne

Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c. 1887

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Phillip Parker King
Phillip Parker King
Phillip Parker King

Phillip Parker King, 1854

Thomas Woolner
Portrait, cast plaster

Purchased 2000

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812

N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait, line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

William Robertson
William Robertson
William Robertson

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

Portrait of His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria
Portrait of His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria
Portrait of His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria

Portrait of His Excellency Sir Henry Barkly, Governor of Victoria, c. 1864

Thomas Clark
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

Edward Paine Butler

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Michael Desmond examines the career of the eighteenth-century suspected poisoner and portrait artist Thomas Griffiths Wainewright.

Portrait of Henry Hopkins
Portrait of Henry Hopkins
Portrait of Henry Hopkins

Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2013

Charles Joseph La Trobe
Charles Joseph La Trobe
Charles Joseph La Trobe

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853

Thomas Woolner
Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Purchased 2006

Edward Paine Butler
Edward Paine Butler
Edward Paine Butler

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour, gouche and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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.

Ellen Stirling
Ellen Stirling
Ellen Stirling

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828

Thomas Phillips
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds from the Ian Potter Foundation 2008

Tom Wills
Tom Wills
Tom Wills

Tom Wills, c. 1857 or c. 1864 (printed c. 1905-1910)

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on grey paper on card

Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Alexander MacLeay
Alexander MacLeay
Alexander MacLeay

Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Robert Brown
Robert Brown
Robert Brown

Robert Brown, 1850

Thomas Herbert Maguire
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

image not online

South Australian Illustrated (Plate 35), 1847

George French Angas, Thomas McLean
Portrait, Lithograph

Bishop James Moore
Bishop James Moore
Bishop James Moore

Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-1889

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sir Edward Eyre Williams
Sir Edward Eyre Williams
Sir Edward Eyre Williams

Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, albumen silver photograph, hand coloured on paper

Gift of Ross and Judy O'Connell 2016

Dr James Moorhouse
Dr James Moorhouse
Dr James Moorhouse

Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-1879

Thomas Foster Chuck and Son
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Jack Lang
Jack Lang
Jack Lang

Jack Lang, 1931

Tom Glover
Portrait, pencil, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s

C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

Thomas Pearce
Thomas Pearce
Thomas Pearce

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878

The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite on card

Purchased 2010

Andy Thomas

The Final Frontier

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Magda Keaney talks with Montalbetti+Campbell about their photographic portrait of Australian astronaut Andy Thomas.

Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c.
Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c.
Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c.

Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838

John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Jack Lang
Jack Lang
Jack Lang

Jack Lang, 1970

Adam Martin
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elsie Martin 2000

image not online

Jack Lang, life mask, n.d.

Arthur Murch
Portrait, fibreglass and resin

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Jane Franklin
Jane Franklin
Jane Franklin

Jane Franklin, c. 1866-1875

an unknown artist after Thomas Bock
Portrait, carved marble relief

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The people's champion, Mr Lang
The people's champion, Mr Lang
The people's champion, Mr Lang

The people's champion, Mr Lang, c. 1927

an unknown artist
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006

Avril Thomas
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned 2006

Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE
Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Preparatory study for Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2005

Avril Thomas
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Commissioned 2006

Martha Sarah Butler
Martha Sarah Butler
Martha Sarah Butler

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Captain W Kinghorne
Captain W Kinghorne
Captain W Kinghorne

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834

Thomas James Lempriere
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by The Ian Potter Foundation 2007

Self portrait

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

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

John Gould
John Gould
John Gould

John Gould, 1849

Thomas Herbert Maguire, M & N Hanhart
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

William Henry Harvey
William Henry Harvey
William Henry Harvey

William Henry Harvey, c. 1850

Thomas Herbert Maguire
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker

William Jackson Hooker, 1851

Thomas Herbert Maguire
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Jack Lang
Jack Lang
Jack Lang

Jack Lang, c. 1930-1940

George Finey
Portrait, collage of coloured paper, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

"Kismet" (Thomas Oscar Asche) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1912-1913

Alick Ritchie
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald A Walker 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Reverend William Bedford junior
Reverend William Bedford junior
Reverend William Bedford junior

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013

The last of England 1855

Pre-Raphaelite Profile

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

In 2006 the National Portrait Gallery acquired a splendid portrait of Victoria's first governor, Lieutenant Governor Charles Joseph La Trobe by Thomas Woolner.

Lord John Russell
Lord John Russell
Lord John Russell

Lord John Russell, 1844

Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Captain Sir John Franklin, Kt, KCH, KRG, DCL, FRS & c. Commander of the Arctic Expedition, 1845
Captain Sir John Franklin, Kt, KCH, KRG, DCL, FRS & c. Commander of the Arctic Expedition, 1845
Captain Sir John Franklin, Kt, KCH, KRG, DCL, FRS & c. Commander of the Arctic Expedition, 1845

Captain Sir John Franklin, Kt, KCH, KRG, DCL, FRS & c. Commander of the Arctic Expedition, 1845, c. 1847

Thomas Phillips, an unknown artist, D Bogue
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE

Spikes: then and now

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

As part of its ongoing program of commissions of portraits of prominent Australians, the National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson by South Australian artist Avril Thomas.

Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks, 1810

Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Canberra 2000

The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry)
The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry)
The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry)

The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Melbourne (Dr. Charles Perry), 1876

Thomas Atkinson, Samuel Mullen after Henry Weigall Jnr
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

La Perouse, from a miniature in the possession of La Perouse's niece at Alby
La Perouse, from a miniature in the possession of La Perouse's niece at Alby
La Perouse, from a miniature in the possession of La Perouse's niece at Alby

La Perouse, from a miniature in the possession of La Perouse's niece at Alby, n.d.

Thomas Woolnoth, Charles Knight
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

The Burke and Wills Monument
The Burke and Wills Monument
The Burke and Wills Monument

The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869

Thomas Foster Chuck
Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790

Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Oscar Asche
Oscar Asche
Oscar Asche

Oscar Asche, c. 1905

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1827

Charles Turner after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary, 2006 by Ralph Heimans

Dane reign

Magazine article by Mette Skougaard and Thomas Lyngby, 2018

Mette Skougaard and Thomas Lyngby bring eloquent context to Ralph Heimans’ portraits of Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury
Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury
Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury

Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition
William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition
William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition

William John Wills, 2nd in command of the Victorian Expedition, 1860-1861

Henry Samuel Sadd, Fergusson & Mitchell, Melbourne after Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition
Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition
Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition

Robert O'Hara Burke, Leader of the Victorian Expedition, 1860-1861

Henry Samuel Sadd, Fergusson & Mitchell, Melbourne after Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

La Perouse
La Perouse
La Perouse

La Perouse, 1830s

Thomas Woolnoth, William Mackenzie, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London & New York
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

The first ministry under Responsible Government in New South Wales (Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General).
The first ministry under Responsible Government in New South Wales (Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General).
The first ministry under Responsible Government in New South Wales (Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General).

The first ministry under Responsible Government in New South Wales (Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General)., 1856

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox.
Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox.
Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox.

Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Peter Halliday in memory of Norah Knox 2010

The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS
The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS
The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS

The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS, 1814

Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Henry Meyer, T. Cadell & W. Davies
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Tiny Trace of a Colonial Giant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

At just 7.8 x 6.2 cm, the daguerreotype of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa is one of the smallest works in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Woburn Sheepshearing
Woburn Sheepshearing
Woburn Sheepshearing

Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811

Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Portrait, aquatint with stipple and etching and engraving, hand coloured on chine colle on paper laid down on cotton stretched over wooden strainer

Purchased 2018

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

Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas
Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas
Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas

Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas, 1984

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Portrait of Tam Purves

Bonfire of the vanities

Magazine article by Stuart Purves, 2016

Australian Galleries Director Stuart Purves tells the story of two portraits by John Brack.

Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart)
Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart)
Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart)

Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart), 1808

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Robert Dunkarton
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst
Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst
Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst

Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst, 1810

Thomas Phillips, Henry Meyer
Portrait, soft ground etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Captain James Cook FRS
Captain James Cook FRS
Captain James Cook FRS

Captain James Cook FRS, 1784

Thomas Cook
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

Dame Mary Gilmore

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow explores the portraits of writers held in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

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

'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

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated, 1891

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper (4 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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.

Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane
Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane
Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane

Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk
Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk
Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk

Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk, 1943-1944

Charles Wheeler
Portrait, coloured chalk and black ink on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee
Fanny Eleanor Lee

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855

Joseph Backler
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

A head for business and a heart for love

Lust

For love, not money

Sir Henry Barkly

Portrait story

An interview with former National Portrait Gallery Director, Andrew Sayers, who describes the portrait of Sir Henry Barkly by Thomas Clark.

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood Gaol

The last bushrangers

It's Complicated

Brothers in harms

Portrait 61

Summer 2018/19
Magazine

Max Dupain's unknown portrait subjects, phrenologist Madame Sibly, Indigenous-European relationships, Thomas Gainsborough and more.

Betty Churcher

Tribute

Betty Churcher
Magazine article, 2015

Betty Churcher AO (1931–2015), gallery director, author, painter and lecturer, was educated in Brisbane before studying art in London.

Paddy Jaminji
Paddy Jaminji
Paddy Jaminji

Paddy Jaminji, 1986

Martin van der Wal
Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Purchased 2005

Thomas Mathewson (inset) and his studio on Queen Street, c. 1908 by Thomas Mathewson & Co

Northern exposure

Magazine article by Phil Manning, 2017

Phil Manning celebrates a century of Brisbane photographic portraiture.

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook
Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook
Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779

Wedgwood and Bentley
Portrait, white on blue Jasper Ware in oval shaped wood and gilt frame

Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

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

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie
Previous exhibition, 2020

Using ochres collected on her country in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, Shirley Purdie’s self-portrait is a kaleidoscope of traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her.

hey, Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher)
hey, Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher)
hey, Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher)

hey, Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990

Davida Allen
Portrait, oil on plywood

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

Noel McGrowdie
Noel McGrowdie
Noel McGrowdie

Noel McGrowdie, 1957 (printed 2003)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling)

Contributing artists

Born: 1979, Brisbane
Works: Brisbane

Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling]
Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling]
Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling]

Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling], c. 1862

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Look Closer, 2013 by Yanni Floros

Yanni Floros

More about In the flesh artists

Yanni Floros is an Adelaide based artist who trained at the National Art School in Sydney graduating as a sculpture major. Since then he has shown his work both locally and internationally in Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson
Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson
Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson

Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson, c. 1852

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype, hand coloured

Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling]
Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling]
Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling]

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling], c. 1859

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, hand coloured

Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 (cast 1955-1956)

Daphne Mayo MBE
Portrait, cast bronze

Gift of Justice Ian Callinan 1999. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Portrait 5

September - November 2002
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Bill Leak's portrait of Robert Hughes, Polly Borland's photographs, Bill Brandt, Andy Thomas, Tracey Moffatt and more.

Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova, 1926

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Maria Jane Dowling
Maria Jane Dowling
Maria Jane Dowling

Maria Jane Dowling, c. 1862

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man
William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man
William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man

William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

Leura Dowling
Leura Dowling
Leura Dowling

Leura Dowling, c. 1861

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

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.

The Hon. James Whyte
The Hon. James Whyte
The Hon. James Whyte

The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874

John Hubert Newman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida]

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s-1870s

Various
Portrait, eight carte de visites, hand coloured, contained in a red leather presentation case

Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

The Boys Next Door

Oz Punk

Sends a permanent shiver down my spine
General content

In 1976, without having been blooded on the Sydney or Melbourne pub circuit, The Saints recorded a single – ‘(I’m) Stranded’ – earning them the distinction of releasing a punk single before The Sex Pistols did.

Walking in Tall Grass, Marion 2, 2011 by Jan Nelson

Jan Nelson

More about In the flesh artists

Jan Nelson was born in Melbourne. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1983 and has been exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia since that time including at the MCA, Sydney, National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide.

Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher
Betty Churcher

Betty Churcher, 2008

Adam Knott
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

image not online

Darby McCarthy, c. 1969 (printed 2019)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2019

Queenie McKenzie Nakara

She saved his life. He showed her painting.

Nearest & Dearest

Leaders, painters, friends

image not online

Album of cartes de visite and cabinet cards compiled by William St Leonards Robertson, 1860s-c. 1900

Various
Portrait, 24 page brown leather bound album of 119 cartes de visite and 16 cabinet card photographs

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

William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman'
William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman'
William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman'

William Francis King, 'The Flying Pieman', c. 1869

John Davis
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of FW Macpherson 2010

Quentin Bryce
Quentin Bryce
Quentin Bryce

Quentin Bryce, 2016

Michael Zavros
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2016

Judith Wright with Barbara Blackman

Friendship’s rhyme and reason

Nearest & Dearest

Poetic trio

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982
Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2009

Arthur Beetson
Arthur Beetson
Arthur Beetson

Arthur Beetson, 1968 (printed 2019)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2019

Our only concern is the void, 2013 video: 12 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

The Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery's commitment to fostering emerging artists with an interest in contemporary technology.

Harold Parker
Harold Parker
Harold Parker

Harold Parker, c. 1906

Bessie Gibson
Portrait, watercolour on ivory in locket frame

Gift of Rosamond Shepherd 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Quentin Bryce
Quentin Bryce
Quentin Bryce

Quentin Bryce, 2002 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2011

Paquita Mawson
Paquita Mawson
Paquita Mawson

Paquita Mawson, late 1940s

Ingrid Erns
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Gareth Mawson Thomas and Pamela Karran-Thomas of the Mawson family 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Martha Knox
Martha Knox
Martha Knox

Martha Knox, c. 1855

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Peter Halliday in memory of Norah Knox 2010

Douglas Mawson
Douglas Mawson
Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson, 1933

Henry James Haley
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gareth Mawson Thomas and Pamela Karran-Thomas of the Mawson family 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Self Portrait #1, 1992 by William Yang

William Yang

Australian Chinese
Previous exhibition, 2001

William Yang's art is about the telling of stories, his work is an intriguing mixture of philosophy, autobiography, social history and documentary imbued with a sense of the artist's own curiosity, humanity and humour

Sir John Eccles
Sir John Eccles
Sir John Eccles

Sir John Eccles, 1959

Pam MacFarlane
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2007

Angus Young, AC/DC, LA

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.

Danny Morseu
Danny Morseu
Danny Morseu

Danny Morseu, 2005

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse)
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse)
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse)

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850

an unknown artist
Portrait, hand coloured photograph

Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

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

Leah King-Smith

Contributing artists

Born: 1957, Gympie, QLD
Works: Brisbane

image not online

Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees, 1973

Robert Walker
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 1999

Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees, 1970

Anthony Browell
Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

Mr and Mrs R. T. Carter
Mr and Mrs R. T. Carter
Mr and Mrs R. T. Carter

Mr and Mrs R. T. Carter, c. 1863

Milligan Bros. (Studio)
Portrait, ambrotype, hand coloured on glass plate with black paint backing

Gift of Mr and Mrs James Bain 2000. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William St. Leonards Robertson
William St. Leonards Robertson
William St. Leonards Robertson

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
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

Carol McGregor

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Hastings, New Zealand
Works: Brisbane

Thea Astley
Thea Astley
Thea Astley

Thea Astley, 1985 (printed 2006)

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Portrait 60

Spring 2018
Magazine

Ralph Heimans on his portraits, and features on Louis Kahan, Helena Rubinstein, Judy Cassab and Tasmanian convicts.

Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin, 2017–2018

by Jun Chen
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless

Australian racing legends and best friends

Devotion

The mane thing is trust

"A Traveller" 2nd Baron Lamington (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1892

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees, c. 1988

Lewis Morley
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

The family

Literary lovers’ life liaison

Lust

Desire drives forbidden love

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

Sir James Hardy
Sir James Hardy
Sir James Hardy

Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Paul Kelly, 1992 by Wendy McDougall

Paul Kelly and The Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2013

Aspects of singer songwriter Paul Kelly’s performance persona are communicated by portraits selected from a range of artists and leading music photographers in this focus exhibition.

Lord Casey
Lord Casey
Lord Casey

Lord Casey, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Lloyd Rees at 90, Northwood, Sydney
Lloyd Rees at 90, Northwood, Sydney
Lloyd Rees at 90, Northwood, Sydney

Lloyd Rees at 90, Northwood, Sydney, 1985 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
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

Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees
Lloyd Rees

Lloyd Rees, 1987

Michel Lawrence
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Caleb Williamson Esq.
Caleb Williamson Esq.
Caleb Williamson Esq.

Caleb Williamson Esq., c. 1887

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Courtesy of Dr. J Allsop

image not online

Robyn Davidson (Hamelin Pool, Indian Ocean, Western Australia), 1977 (printed 2014)

Rick Smolan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2014

Dadang Christanto
Dadang Christanto
Dadang Christanto

Dadang Christanto, 2005

Hari Ho
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2007

R O'Hara Burke
R O'Hara Burke
R O'Hara Burke

R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Purchased 2009

Mr and Mrs Case
Mr and Mrs Case
Mr and Mrs Case

Mr and Mrs Case, 1864

Alexander Fox and Co
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

William John Wills
William John Wills
William John Wills

William John Wills, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800
Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800
Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800

Nicolas Baudin, Capitaine de Vaisseau. Commandant I'Expedition pour le tour du Monde et Specialement relatif aux Sciences et auz Arts, entreprise en I'An gme, 1800, 1800

François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney

Heads of the People

A Portrait of Colonial Australia
Previous exhibition, 2000

For Tom Roberts - Australia's best nineteenth-century portrait painter - neither a proto-national portrait gallery nor more popular collections of portrait heads, were sufficient public celebrations for the notables of Australian history

Fred Schepisi
Fred Schepisi
Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi, c. 2000

Kate Gollings
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Eugene Goossens
Eugene Goossens
Eugene Goossens

Eugene Goossens, c. 1954

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

The Water Nymph, Miss Pansy Montague

Of Pansy, plastiques and prudes

Lust

Near-naked subversion

Lloyd Rees full face
Lloyd Rees full face
Lloyd Rees full face

Lloyd Rees full face, 1979

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Lloyd Rees from behind
Lloyd Rees from behind
Lloyd Rees from behind

Lloyd Rees from behind, 1979

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Anthony Mundine
Anthony Mundine
Anthony Mundine

Anthony Mundine, 1992 (printed 2008)

Mervyn Bishop
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2008

Charles Blondin
Charles Blondin
Charles Blondin

Charles Blondin, 1874

Timothy Noble
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Nam Le
Nam Le
Nam Le

Nam Le, 2010

Rozalind Drummond
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2010

Robert, Lindy, Grant

Immediately, there was a crackle

It's Complicated

A meeting of minds

George Miller
George Miller
George Miller

George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane,
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane,
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane,

Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (in her aeroplane, "My Little Ship II), 1937

an unknown artist
Portrait, carbon print photograph on paper

Purchased 2012

Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (full length portrait)
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (full length portrait)
Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (full length portrait)

Mrs Bonney flying from Australia to South Africa via Siam. Singapore 1937 (full length portrait), 1937

an unknown artist
Portrait, carbon print photograph on paper

Purchased 2012

John Connell
John Connell
John Connell

John Connell, c. 1830

Richard Read Jnr
Portrait, watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Gift of Eleanor Thornton 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee

Lindy Lee, 2003

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Frederick Cato
Frederick Cato
Frederick Cato

Frederick Cato, 1932

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift in memory of Frederick John Cato Kumm 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Eugene Goossens
Eugene Goossens
Eugene Goossens

Eugene Goossens, c. 1954

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Gina and Ted Gregg 2010

Bert Hinkler
Bert Hinkler
Bert Hinkler

Bert Hinkler, 1930s

Nison Tregor
Portrait, cast metal with gold finish

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Alan Foulkes in memory of Mark Graham Cleghorn 2012

Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Professor Mandyam Srinivasan
Professor Mandyam Srinivasan

Professor Mandyam Srinivasan, 2014

Sam Leach
Portrait, oil and resin on plywood

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2014

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Convict love token from J. Waldon, 1832

To coin a (farewell) phrase

Devotion

A penny for their thoughts

June Dally-Watkins
June Dally-Watkins
June Dally-Watkins

June Dally-Watkins, 1949 (printed 2008)

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2008

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister
Wesley Enoch and David McAllister

Wesley Enoch and David McAllister, 2020

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Alan Dodge AM and Neil Archibald 2021

Martha Mary Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, albumen photograph on 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

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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

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W.
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W.
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W.

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior of N.S.W., 1836

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

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

Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt, 1995

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Girl (portrait of Barbara Blackman)
Girl (portrait of Barbara Blackman)
Girl (portrait of Barbara Blackman)

Girl (portrait of Barbara Blackman), 1969

Charles Blackman OBE
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Purchased 2009

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly, 2007

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2012

Henry Wade
Henry Wade
Henry Wade

Henry Wade, c. 1841

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on paperboard

Gift of the Wade and Hannah families 2013

Tracey Moffatt dreaming
Tracey Moffatt dreaming
Tracey Moffatt dreaming

Tracey Moffatt dreaming, 2017

James Horan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2019

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s

Hills & Saunders
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

The vigil, 2011 by Anthony Anderton

Anthony Anderton

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

Thomas Archbold, Durham, 1826 by John Dempsey

Street fare

General content

The late Georgian and early Victorian working classes often bought their food in ale-houses, chop-houses and ‘penny pie shops’, or purchased their meals day after day in the streets.

Mick Molloy
Mick Molloy
Mick Molloy

Mick Molloy, 2009

Andrew Maccoll
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2009

Portrait of Brian Dunlop
Portrait of Brian Dunlop
Portrait of Brian Dunlop

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Asher Joel
Sir Asher Joel
Sir Asher Joel

Sir Asher Joel, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, pencil on paper

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

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais)
After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais)
After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais)

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994

Juno Gemes
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

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

Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer
Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer
Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer

Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer, 2003

Danelle Bergstrom
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

The Joy Of Life, 2002 by Janelle McKay

Headspace 3

Being Me
Previous exhibition, 2002

The self-portrait enables students to explore emerging and changing aspects of their own identity, their sense of self, their place in the world, their experience of being human

Mr King (Bernard King)
Mr King (Bernard King)
Mr King (Bernard King)

Mr King (Bernard King), c. 1979

Jon Waddy
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Neville and Jill Wran - as the Duke and Duchess of Sydney (with apologies to Piero della Francesca)
Neville and Jill Wran - as the Duke and Duchess of Sydney (with apologies to Piero della Francesca)
Neville and Jill Wran - as the Duke and Duchess of Sydney (with apologies to Piero della Francesca)

Neville and Jill Wran - as the Duke and Duchess of Sydney (with apologies to Piero della Francesca), 1983

Frank Hodgkinson
Portrait, oil on canvas (diptych)

Gift of Mrs Kate Hodgkinson 1999. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Kangaroos, 2007 by Davida Allen

Davida Allen

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Going around a gallery with a child, we point to a painting of a dog and brightly ask ‘What’s that?’ If they don’t say ‘A dog’, we tell them that’s what it is. We don’t say it’s a shape inscribed by an artist that’s popularly understood to signify a dog. That’d only serve to foster a smarty-pants.

Tim Fairfax AC

Tim Fairfax, 2018

by Russell Shakespeare
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Neil Perry
Neil Perry
Neil Perry

Neil Perry, 1997

Selina Snow
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Gift of the artist 1999

Lloyd Rees - Laughing
Lloyd Rees - Laughing
Lloyd Rees - Laughing

Lloyd Rees - Laughing, 1975

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Lloyd Rees - portrait
Lloyd Rees - portrait
Lloyd Rees - portrait

Lloyd Rees - portrait, 1983

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Martha Kermode
Martha Kermode
Martha Kermode

Martha Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2008. The original frame for this work was donated to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia by the National Gallery of Victoria 2009.

Robert Kermode
Robert Kermode
Robert Kermode

Robert Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2008. The original frame for this work was donated to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia by the National Gallery of Victoria 2009.

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

Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee
Lindy Lee

Lindy Lee, 1995

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly, 2004

Jon Campbell
Portrait, synthetic polymer and enamel paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004

Barbara Blackman
Barbara Blackman
Barbara Blackman

Barbara Blackman, 2008

Gorgi Dimcevski
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Barbara Blackman 2009

Marcia Langton

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

Previous exhibition, 2017

Experience the artistic clout of Brook Andrew’s portraits of Marcia Langton AM and Anthony Mundine.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018

Shirley Purdie
Portrait, natural ochre and pigments on canvas (36 parts)

Purchased 2019

Kerry Stokes
Kerry Stokes
Kerry Stokes

Kerry Stokes, 2014 (printed 2021)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2021

Margaret Dodd
Margaret Dodd
Margaret Dodd

Margaret Dodd, 2002

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones

Leisel Jones, 2015 (printed 2021)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by the Annual Appeal for Contemporary Australian Photography 2021

Lloyd Rees - Brushes
Lloyd Rees - Brushes
Lloyd Rees - Brushes

Lloyd Rees - Brushes, 1983

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Lloyd Rees - silhouette
Lloyd Rees - silhouette
Lloyd Rees - silhouette

Lloyd Rees - silhouette, 1983

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Tim Fairfax AC
Tim Fairfax AC
Tim Fairfax AC

Tim Fairfax AC, 2018

Russell Shakespeare
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth
Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth
Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth

Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770

unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2018

The Movie Star (David Gulpilil)
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil)
The Movie Star (David Gulpilil)

The Movie Star (David Gulpilil), 1985

Tracey Moffatt AO
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

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

TJ Smith and Tulloch
TJ Smith and Tulloch
TJ Smith and Tulloch

TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003)

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

David Malouf
David Malouf
David Malouf

David Malouf, 2012

Rick Amor
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with assistance from the Circle of Friends 2012

George Gregan
George Gregan
George Gregan

George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001)

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2001

Tracey
Tracey
Tracey

Tracey, 1986 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2013

The Bee Gees, Kings Cross
The Bee Gees, Kings Cross
The Bee Gees, Kings Cross

The Bee Gees, Kings Cross, 1970-1971

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2021

Portrait of Henry Kendall
Portrait of Henry Kendall
Portrait of Henry Kendall

Portrait of Henry Kendall, c. 1890-1894

S. Milbourn Jnr
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton, 1982

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2004

Bart Willoughby
Bart Willoughby
Bart Willoughby

Bart Willoughby, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004

Self portrait with pug, 2009 by William Robinson
QUT Art Collection
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by William Robinson, 2015

William Robinson

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Unique in the world, perhaps, is a bronze sculpture that fuses the age-old human portrait bronze tradition, and the later genre of the bronze pug figurine: that’d be William Robinson’s Self-portrait with pug.

Professor John Shine
Professor John Shine
Professor John Shine

Professor John Shine, 2011

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Jozef Vissel 2015

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010)

Bruce Postle
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide)
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide)
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide)

Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide), 2008

Deborah Paauwe
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2008

Tony Shaw
Tony Shaw
Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw, 2018

Sarah Rhodes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on dibond

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt
Tracey Moffatt

Tracey Moffatt, 1995

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton
Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton, 2013

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2015

Nancy Bird Walton
Nancy Bird Walton
Nancy Bird Walton

Nancy Bird Walton, c. 1973

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Nancy Bird Walton AO OBE 2008. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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.

Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope
Peace, the Man and Hope

Peace, the Man and Hope, 2005

Brook Andrew, Larry Rawling
Portrait, screenprint on five sheets of paper

Gift of Brook Andrew in memory of Emmaline Rose Charnock 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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.

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Robyn Davidson (near Uluru), 1979 (printed 2014)

Rick Smolan
Portrait, inkjet print (black and white) on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River, 2014

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2015

Captain Ulm
Captain Ulm
Captain Ulm

Captain Ulm, 1932

Enid Fleming
Portrait, cast plaster, patinated

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

Leigh Bowery
Leigh Bowery
Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery, 1984

Robyn Beeche
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of Claudia Hyles, Dr Christiane Lawin-Bruessel, Gwenda Matthews, Gael Newton, Anne O'Hehir, Susan Smith and Dominic Thomas in memory of our friend, Robyn Beeche 2016

Queenie McKenzie Nakara
Queenie McKenzie Nakara
Queenie McKenzie Nakara

Queenie McKenzie Nakara, 1997

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Walala Tjapaltjarri
Walala Tjapaltjarri
Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri, 2009

Greg Weight
Portrait, inkjet print on cotton rag paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Dichotomia, Barry Otto
Dichotomia, Barry Otto
Dichotomia, Barry Otto

Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

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.

Akira Isogawa
Akira Isogawa
Akira Isogawa

Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005)

Ingvar Kenne
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Lord Casey
Lord Casey
Lord Casey

Lord Casey, c. 1932

Charles Wheeler
Portrait, conté, brush and ink on paper

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

JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen)
JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen)
JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen)

JOH (The Hon Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen), c. 1987

Noel Stapleton
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003

Harold Blair
Harold Blair
Harold Blair

Harold Blair, 1948

Ernest Buckmaster
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2010

Leah Purcell
Leah Purcell
Leah Purcell

Leah Purcell, c. 2000

Penny Tweedie
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior
Piper, the native who accompanied Major Mitchell in his expedition to the interior

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

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Sir Edward Holden
Sir Edward Holden
Sir Edward Holden

Sir Edward Holden, 1945

Leslie Bowles
Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of John J Holden 2005

Brian Croser AO
Brian Croser AO
Brian Croser AO

Brian Croser AO, 1998

Kate Gollings
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

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

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Dr G Yunupingu

Magazine article, 2017

Dr G Yunupingu (1970-2017), a man of the Gumatj clan of north-east Arnhem Land, learned to play guitar, keyboard, drums and didgeridoo as a child.

George Moore
George Moore
George Moore

George Moore, 1957

Ern McQuillan OAM
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW

Thousand Mile Stare

Portrait photography by John Elliott
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Wes Stacey, Kurnell, Sydney
Wes Stacey, Kurnell, Sydney
Wes Stacey, Kurnell, Sydney

Wes Stacey, Kurnell, Sydney, 1973 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
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

Cressida Campbell
Cressida Campbell
Cressida Campbell

Cressida Campbell, 2001

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Mal Meninga

Mal Meninga, 2018

by Peter Hudson
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

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.

Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble

Biography

Angus Trumble was born and raised in Melbourne. He studied Fine Arts and History at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1986.

Matt Moran
Matt Moran
Matt Moran

Matt Moran, 2004

Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Gift of the artists 2005

Dave Tice
Dave Tice
Dave Tice

Dave Tice, 1978 (printed 2018)

Gary Ede
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2018

Robert, Lindy, Grant
Robert, Lindy, Grant
Robert, Lindy, Grant

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981

Jenny Watson
Portrait, oil on canvas board (triptych)

Purchased 2002

Johnny O'Keefe

Making Portraits

Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions
Previous exhibition, 2004

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975
Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975
Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975

Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975, 1984

Roderick Shaw
Portrait, oil and oil pastel on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

MacKenzie family silhouette
MacKenzie family silhouette
MacKenzie family silhouette

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846

Samuel Metford
Portrait, brush and ink, pen and ink, stencil cut-out with watercolour highlights on paper

Gift of the Estate of Nancy Wiseman 2007

MacKenzie family silhouette

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.

Francis Russell Nixon
Francis Russell Nixon
Francis Russell Nixon

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-1855

George Richmond
Portrait, copperplate engraving on buff paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001)

John Austin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor
Howard Taylor

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001)

John Austin
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 2002

Barry Humphries
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2003

2020, 2021 Jaq Grantford

Darling Portrait Prize 2022

Current exhibition

The Darling Portrait Prize is a national prize for Australian portrait painting honouring the legacy of Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015). The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

Karl Robert, Count Nesselrode, 1818 by Sir Thomas Lawrence

The Lawrence lustre

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2019

Angus Trumble salutes the glorious portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence.

The chase
The chase
The chase

The chase, 1952

Charles Blackman OBE
Portrait, tempera on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rob and Paula McLean 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

David Malouf
David Malouf
David Malouf

David Malouf, 1980

Jeffrey Smart AO
Portrait, pencil on paper

Gift of Dr Gene Sherman AM and Brian Sherman AM 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee
Dennis Lillee

Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010)

Bruce Postle
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by James Bain AM and Janette Bain 2010

Elle Macpherson

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

Mal Meninga
Mal Meninga
Mal Meninga

Mal Meninga, 2018

Peter Hudson
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

The family

Big bouquet of Blackmans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr. Sarah Engledow explores the context surrounding Charles Blackman's portrait of Judith Wright, Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill

Australian of the Year

Inspiring a Nation
Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

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

So Fine

17 May 2018
Archived media releases 2018

The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to announce its winter exhibition is So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history. It will open to the public from 29 June 2018.

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

Sir Robert Strong

All you can eat

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2003

In February 2003 the National Portrait Gallery Circle of Friends brought Sir Robert Strong to Australia to present a series of lectures entitled The Artists & The Banquet- A History of Dining, which focused on the links between gardens and table decoration from the Renaissance to the Victorian Era.

Portrait of Harriet Swan
Portrait of Harriet Swan
Portrait of Harriet Swan

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

Portrait of Julia Swan
Portrait of Julia Swan
Portrait of Julia Swan

Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 2013

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

Peace, the Man and Hope (Anthony Mundine), 2005 by Brook Andrew and Larry Rawling (printer)

In focus

Magazine article, 2017

Brook Andrew, Marcia Langton and Anthony Mundine.

Margaret Fulton

Masters of Fare

Chefs, winemakers, providores
Previous exhibition, 2004

Masters of fare: chefs, winemakers, providores celebrates men and women who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia, enriching our lives with new ideas and new flavours over the past forty years.

Professor Peter Doherty

Rick Amor

21 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

Andy Thomas

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson
TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson
TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924

Annie May Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Thomas Gainsborough, c.1758-59 by Thomas Gainsborough

Keep it in the family

Magazine article by David Solkin, 2019

David Solkin ponders the provocations and inspirations of the enigmatic Thomas Gainsborough.

Portrait of an English Woman c. 1532-5 (detail)

A new perspective

Magazine article by Celina Fox, 2006

An exhibition devoted to Hans Holbein's English commissions shows the portraitist bringing across the Channel new technical developments in art - with a dazzling facility.

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Kylie Tennant, early 1980s (printed 2018)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Uncommon Australians

Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery
Previous exhibition, 1992

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

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968

Joshua Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

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

So Fine

28 June 2018
Archived media releases 2018

Ten women artists explore the possibilities of portraiture as a contemporary art form; and reinterpret and reimagine Australian history in the Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition So Fine: Contemporary women artists make Australian history.

Shane Warne

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.

Barry Gibb
Barry Gibb
Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb, 1970-1971

Rennie Ellis
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

JK Rowling, 2005

Why do painted portraits still matter?

Magazine article by Sandy Nairne, 2006

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

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.

Self-portrait, 1999

A self-portrait in focus

Magazine article by Kim Appleby, 2002

In her self-portrait, Tracey Moffatt presents herself as her work.

Cate Blanchett

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

Hon Tom Hughes QC
Hon Tom Hughes QC
Hon Tom Hughes QC

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001

Jiawei Shen
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson, c. 1863

Batchelder & O'Neill
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

Facing Australia, Composite portrait: Facing St Lucia, 2003

Conflicting images

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2008

Michael Desmond reveals the origins of composite portraits and their evolution in the pursuit of the ideal.

Bathing woman, Bridlington, c.1825 by John Dempsey

Allow me to introduce...

General content

These full-length figures in watercolour, gouache and pencil date mostly from the 1820s, and almost all come from the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart.

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Mary Ann Lawrence, 1841

Fits of delicacy and despair

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Henry Mundy's portraits flesh out notions of propriety and good taste in a convict colony.

Mrs Elizabeth Lewis
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis

Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Gift of Leo Schofield AM 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.
Dr J.R. Vickery, O.B.E.

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

William Pidgeon
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Li Cunxin

Twenty new portraits marking Portrait Gallery’s twentieth birthday

21 August 2018
Archived media releases 2018

To celebrate the National Portrait Gallery’s twentieth anniversary as an institution, twenty portraits of outstanding Australian individuals have been commissioned for the permanent collection. This is the largest undertaking for the Gallery’s commissioning program in its twenty-year existence.

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.

Margaret Whitlam

Open Air

Portraits in the Landscape
Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869

Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Barry Humphries

Clifton Pugh

Australians
Previous exhibition, 2005

This exhibition offers a comprehensive display of Clifton Pugh's portraits revealing his development and growth from tonal paintings to a unique style that was in demand from politicians, artists, academics and Australian personalities.

Lillie Langtry
Lillie Langtry
Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885

W & D Downey
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

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

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

Nicholas Harding

28 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2017

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

Alab ng puso (Fire in the heart), 2010 by Alfredo Esquillo Jr

Alfredo Esquillo Jr

by Patrick D. Flores
Artist essays

Born in Manila in 1972, Alfredo Esquillo Jr majored in painting at University of Santo Thomas.

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.

Our only concern is the void, 2013 video: 12 minutes

Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award media information

28 August 2013
Archived media releases 2013

The National Portrait Gallery recently announced the finalists for the Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award 2013.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Presenting… Shirley Purdie’s Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wednesday 27 May 2020
Archived media releases 2020

The National Portrait Gallery this week launches an online exhibition of Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe to coincide with Reconciliation Week.

Matthew Burnett
Matthew Burnett
Matthew Burnett

Matthew Burnett, c. 1865

Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Mr Mortimer Lewis

Little treasures

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2002

The acquisition of the ivory miniatures of Mortimer and Mrs Lewis.

Joan Kerr
Joan Kerr
Joan Kerr

Joan Kerr, 2004

Peter Drewett
Portrait, pokerwork on spotted gum

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Semple Kerr 2004

Georg von Neumayer
Georg von Neumayer
Georg von Neumayer

Georg von Neumayer, c. 1860

Johnstone & Co
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Robert O'Hara Burke
Robert O'Hara Burke
Robert O'Hara Burke

Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860

Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863

William Edward Kilburn
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

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

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner

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.

Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw, 2018

by Sarah Rhodes
General content

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Professor Peter Doherty

A Meeting of Great Minds

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

The story behind Rick Amor's portrait of Professor Peter Doherty.

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

Ursus sitting, 1931

Two pair

Magazine article by Dr Jacqui Strecker, 2008
Stuttgart's Art Museum is showing Otto Dix portraits alongside artists from Lucas Cranach to Andy Warhol.
Hattie Shepparde
Hattie Shepparde
Hattie Shepparde

Hattie Shepparde, 1872

Bardwell's Royal Studio
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Studio portrait of servicewoman Lance Corporal Kathleen Jean Mary (Kath) Walker, c.1942

Past present

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2016

Krysia Kitch celebrates Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

123 Faces, 2002

123 Faces

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Magda Keaney examines the 123 Faces project by Simon Obarzanek.

Nicholas Chevalier
Nicholas Chevalier
Nicholas Chevalier

Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867

Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

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

Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title

The champs

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Two lively portrait photographs reflect the agility of their subjects: world champion Australian sportsmen Lionel Rose and Anthony Mundine.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Storied portrait

About Face article

Emily Casey takes in Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

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. 

Ellen Stirling

Duty bound

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life of colonial women Lady Ellen Stirling, Eliza Darling, Lady Eliza Arthur, Elizabeth Macquarie and Lady Jane Franklin.

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews

I had been watching Agnes with intrigue, her face and profile were so mesmerizing. On our final day together I pulled her aside and convinced her that she had such an amazing face that I needed to get a photograph for myself. It was very spontaneous in that I decided quickly how it would best look and shot it in only two frames.

Marcia Langton

Powerful energy

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Dr Christopher Chapman explores the symbolism in the portrait commission of Marcia Langton by Brook Andrew.

Sir Macfarlane Burnet

Picture this...

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This edited version of a speech by Andrew Sayers examines some of the antecedents of the National Portrait Gallery and set out the ideas behind the modern Gallery and its collection.

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Annual Appeal

Support your Portrait Gallery

Supporting contemporary photography. Your support will help us expand our contemporary collection.

Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons, 2018

by Selina Ou
General content

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

Andrew Gaze

Andrew Gaze, 2018

by George Fetting
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

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Forum participants

General content

Biographies of participants in the Writing lives, revealing lives forum.

General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999

On active service

Magazine article by Sam Bowker, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired an evocative depiction of soldier Peter Cosgrove by the Victorian-based painter, printmaker and sculptor Rick Amor.

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.

Self portrait

Portrait of a Modernist

Magazine article by Dimity Goldie, 2003

The National Portrait Gallery acquired the self-portrait by Grace Cossington Smith in 2003.

Captain W Kinghorne

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Portrait of William Manning, c.1821 by Henry Bone

Of beef in burgundy

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2017

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

Glenn McGrath

Pigeon coup

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Glenn McGrath makes a strong impact on the English batsmen and the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.

Neil Murray

True fella

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond profiles the Australian songwriter and performer Neil Murray and his contribution to Australian music.

Step by Step

Journey into Headspace...

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2007

The theme for the National Portrait Gallery's eighth exhibition of student portraiture was The Journey.

Self portrait, 1786 by John Kay

Alternative virtue

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour presents John Kay’s portraits of a more infamous side of Edinburgh.

Sir Joseph Banks

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Celebrating a new painted portrait of Joseph Banks, Sarah Engledow spins a yarn of the naturalist, the first kangaroo in France and Don, a Spanish ram.

Untitled (Chihuahua), 2001 by Noel McKenna
Private collection, Melbourne

Noel McKenna

Explore The Popular Pet Show

It’s a matter beyond dispute that in the entire history of Australian art, it’s Noel McKenna who’s painted the liveliest rendition of the head of a Chihuahua.

Howard Taylor

Reflections on portraiture

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

An extract from the 2004 Nuala O'Flaaherty Memorial Lecture at the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery in Launceston in which Andrew Sayers reflects on the unique qualities of a portrait gallery.

Dr Claire Roberts

References

General content

About the exhibition curator Claire Roberts, and writers Eugene Wang and Zhang Letian.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery

Architecture

About us

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

The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012

Imagination

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow tells the story of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee portrait by Australian artist Ralph Heimans.

Mary (or Diana) Croker, mat woman, Colchester, 1823 by John Dempsey

Unknown drawer

Magazine article by Dr David Hansen, 2017

Dempsey’s People curator David Hansen chronicles a research tale replete with serendipity, adventure and Tasmanian tigers.

Bee Miles

Good, bad and the ugly

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond explores what makes a portrait subject significant.

Sir Edward Holden

Promise Fulfilled

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The life and achievements of Sir Edward Holden, who is represented in the portrait collection by a bust created by Leslie Bowles.

Mark Loane

Rugby great a fine addition to Portrait Gallery Collection

21 March 2017
Archived media releases 2017

A portrait of Australian rugby great, Dr Mark Loane AM MBBS FRANZO FRACS, is the latest addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. The work is the final in a series of three commissioned portraits of Australian rugby luminaries funded by Gallery benefactor, Mr Patrick Corrigan AM.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

In the round

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2009

Andrew Sayers outlines the highlights of the National Portrait Gallery's display of portrait sculpture.

Martin Schoeller 2008

The God-shaped hole

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

Exploring the photographs of Martin Schoeller, Michael Desmond delves into the uneasy pact that exists between celebrity and the camera.

Chevalier d’Eon, 1792

All dressed up

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan asks do clothes make the portrait, and can the same work with a new title fetch a better price?

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Camouflage self portrait, 1986

Hide/Seek

Magazine article by David Ward, 2010

David Ward writes about the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture on display at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington.

Goollabal (Rainbow Serpent), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Memories

General content

The second row of paintings recall stories relating to specific sites, experiences and activities.

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959 by William Dobell

Bill and Ted's excellent portrait.

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow on Messrs Dobell and MacMahon and the art of friendship.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Take thy face hence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2022

Joanna Gilmour travels through time to explore the National Portrait Gallery London’s masterpieces in Shakespeare to Winehouse.

A Goldfields Member

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

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

The Conciliation, 1840 by Benjamin Duterrau

The art of conciliation

Magazine article by Gareth Knapman, 2017

Gareth Knapman explores the politics and opportunism behind the portraits of Tasmania’s Black War.

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All in the Family

Magazine article by Barbara Blackman AO, 2003

In 2000, Barbara Blackman donated a portrait of her close friends - poet Judith Wright, her husband Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith - painted by Charles Blackman.

High school, 2008

Subtle emotion

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

Christopher Chapman considers photographer Rozalind Drummond's portrait of author Nam Le.

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.

Les Murray

Poets' Portraits

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

The Portrait Gallery's paintings of two poets, Les Murray and Peter Porter, demonstrate two very different artists' responses to the challenge of representing more than usually sensitive and imaginative men.

Untitled, 2010 by Jose Legaspi

Jose Legaspi

by Patrick D. Flores
Artist essays

Jose Legaspi was born in 1959 in Manila. He achieved degrees in zoology and biology before turning to fine arts in the mid-1980s.

M H Wednesday 11.15am from the series Self-harm, 2004

Big it up

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2005

Former National Portrait Gallery Curator Magda Keaney was a member of the selection panel of the Schwepes Photographic Portrait Prize 2004 at the National Portrait Gallery London.

James Ford, 1979 by Robert Mapplethorpe

Apollo's breath

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman delights in the intimacy of Robert Mapplethorpe's photography

Barbara Blackman

Life class

Magazine article by Leonie Hellmers, 2004

Barbara Blackman reflects on her experiences as a life model.

Marilyn Darling AC

Support Crew

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2011

Portraits of philanthropists in the collection honour their contributions to Australia and acknowledge their support of the National Portrait Gallery.

ORA - Homesickness Project 2015 by Chrys Zantis

Food for thought

Magazine article by Michael Wardell, 2016

Michael Wardell on Chrys Zantis’ Ora.

Self portrait

Home truths

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Despite once expressing a limited interest in the self portrait, the idea of it has figured strongly in much of Tracey Moffatt's work and has done so in some of her most distinctive and compelling images.

Herb Wharton, Cunnamulla, Qld

Thousand mile stare

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

John Elliott talks about his photographic portrait practice, including his iconic image of Slim Dusty arm-in-arm with Dame Edna Everage.

Miss Robertson of Colac (Dolly), 1885-86

Brothers on farms

Magazine article by Malcolm Robertson, 2011

Malcolm Robertson tells the family history of one of Australia's earliest patrons of the arts, his Scottish born great great great grandfather, William Robertson.

Edward John Eyre

Hearts of Darkness

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery's acquisition of the portrait of Edward John Eyre by pioneering English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Michael Leunig

The Philosophy of Teapots and Ducks

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

Cartoonist Michael Leunig's insights into the human condition and current affairs have become famous Australia-wide.

Lady Barkly

A real Pratt

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

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

Omai, Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, 1775-76

First encounters

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Representations of the inhabitants of the new world expose the complexities of the colonisers' intentions.

Tom Wills, c. 1870 by William Handcock

Secure the shadow ere the substance fade

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

The tragic tale of Tom Wills, the ‘inventor’ of Australian Rules Football.

Ken Catchpole

Full time

Magazine article by Alistair McGhie, 2017

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

Victor Trumper

Top shot that

Magazine article by Gideon Haigh, 2009

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

Henry Lawson

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

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

Vanity fair

Magazine article by Ashleigh Wadman, 2012

Ashleigh Wadman rediscovers the Australian characters represented with a kindly touch by the British portrait artist Leslie Ward for the society magazine Vanity Fair.

Arcadia: Sound of the sea

Exhibition introduction
General content

One night in the spring of 1970 in an old house in Whale Beach, north of Sydney, John Witzig, Albe Falzon and David Elfick put together the first issue of Tracks, playing Neil Young’s album Harvest over and over again as they pasted up galleys of type.

Me

Donated duo

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Dr Sarah Engledow writes about the gift of two striking paintings by the Australian artist Ken Done AM.

Cachasunghia, Osage Warrior 1804–06 by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin

Political profiles

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

Joanna Gilmour examines the prolific output of Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, and discovers the risk of taking a portrait at face value.

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.

Kevin Rudd

An Australian story

Magazine article by Hon. Kevin Rudd, 2009

In his speech launching the new National Portrait Gallery building on 3 December 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set the Gallery in a national and historical context.

Ray Lawler

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

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

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

Self-portrait in white jacket , 1901-02 Hugh Ramsay

Wunderkind lost

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2021

Inga Walton on the brief but brilliant life of Hugh Ramsay.

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.

Albert Jonas and John Xiniwe of The African Choir, 1891 London Stereoscopic Co.

Back in black

Magazine article by Krysia Kitch, 2017

Krysia Kitch reviews black chronicles at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Self portrait

Profile of a marriage

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

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

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Confessional conversations

The portraiture of Kristin Headlam
Magazine article by Fiona Gruber, 2015

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

Jessie Street

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2016

Penelope Grist explores the United Nations stories in the Gallery’s collection.

Charles Summers

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.

Zed, from the series Walking the dog, 2005 by Robyn Sweaney

Robyn Sweaney

Explore The Popular Pet Show

Robyn's parents had two terriers, Wuff and Snuff. In spite of Snuff’s ominous name and a couple of close shaves – once, he jumped out of a moving car, and another time, on a long road trip, he was accidentally left behind at a petrol station – he outlived Wuff.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

George and Jemima Billet with family

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

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

Lola Montes

You beauty

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the fact and fictions surrounding the legendary life of Irish-born dancer Lola Montez.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

Self portrait

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

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

Life Dancers, 2015 by Elizabeth Looker

NPPP 2016 exhibition essay

General content

Penny Grist, National Photographic Portrait Prize judge and curator, introduces the 2016 Prize.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

How the National Portrait Gallery and its unique collection came to be

Beach life (dog), 2006 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding

Explore The Popular Pet Show

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

The artist and her family, c. 1854 by Martha Berkeley

Presence and absence

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The art of Australia’s colonial women painters affords us an invaluable, alternative perspective on the nascent nation-building project.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

Judith Pugh reflects on Clifton Pugh's approach to portrait making.

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

Getting bare

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

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

Louise Lovely feeding gulls in a park, 1969 Unknown photographer

Jewelled nights

Magazine article by Dr Anne Sanders, 2017

Anne Sanders celebrates the cinematic union of two pioneering australian women.

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.

Mr John Eason

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

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

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.

Studio portrait of Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War, 1914 by J Russell & Sons

All the way with K of K

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2016

Sarah Engledow bristles at the biographers’ neglect of Kitchener’s antipodean intervention.

Nick Mourtzakis

A non-material and non-physical portrait

Lecture, 21 May 2011
General content

Inner Worlds features the recently commissioned portrait of world-renowned philosopher of consciousness David Chalmers by Melbourne-based artist Nick Mourtzakis.

The Bare story

General content

Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
General content

Dr Christopher Chapman NPG Curator of Inner Worlds explains the development of an exhibition that spans from Surrealism to contemporary art.

Self portrait

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

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

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