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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.

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Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley
Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley

Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1842 Robert Frain, Frederick Bromley

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon
General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1850 (published) James Faed, W Wilding after John Watson Gordon

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, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Katharine Brisbane, 1982 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)
Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)

Mabel Forrest, 1917 Murray Studio (Brisbane & Gympie)

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Self portrait, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

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.

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

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

Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
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.

Interview with Andy Thomas video: 3 minutes

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.

Self portrait, 1971 Thomas de Kessler
Self portrait, 1971 Thomas de Kessler
Self portrait, 1971 Thomas de Kessler

Self portrait, 1971 Thomas de Kessler

Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Diana de Kessler 2009

Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist
Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist
Thomas Woolner, c. 1865 an unknown artist

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

Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler
Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler
Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler

Thomas Lee, 1847? Joseph Backler

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Rover Thomas, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Thomas Muir of Huntershill, 1838 John Kay
Thomas Muir of Huntershill, 1838 John Kay
Thomas Muir of Huntershill, 1838 John Kay

Thomas Muir of Huntershill, 1838 John Kay

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, c. 1790 an unknown artist
Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, c. 1790 an unknown artist
Thomas Fitzherbert Hawkins, c. 1790 an unknown artist

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 White, midshipman, c.1838 John Kay
Thomas White, midshipman, c.1838 John Kay
Thomas White, midshipman, c.1838 John Kay

Thomas White, midshipman, c.1838 John Kay

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck
The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck
The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck

The Explorers and Early Colonists of Victoria, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck

Portrait, composite albumen paper photograph consisting of 713 personages

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Daniel Thomas, 1987 Judy Cassab
Daniel Thomas, 1987 Judy Cassab
Daniel Thomas, 1987 Judy Cassab

Daniel Thomas, 1987 Judy Cassab

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, c.1840 Henry Mundy
Major Thomas Lord, c.1840 Henry Mundy
Major Thomas Lord, c.1840 Henry Mundy

Major Thomas Lord, c.1840 Henry Mundy

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Reverend Thomas Buddle, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Reverend Thomas Buddle, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Reverend Thomas Buddle, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Reverend Thomas Buddle, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell
Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2002

Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich
Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich
Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich

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

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

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Muir, 1800 François Bonneville
Thomas Muir, 1800 François Bonneville
Thomas Muir, 1800 François Bonneville

Thomas Muir, 1800 François Bonneville

Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Pennant, c. 1790 William Ridley
Thomas Pennant, c. 1790 William Ridley
Thomas Pennant, c. 1790 William Ridley

Thomas Pennant, c. 1790 William Ridley

Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Thomas Leech Louis Kahan
Thomas Leech Louis Kahan
Thomas Leech Louis Kahan

Thomas Leech, Louis Kahan

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 Wentworth Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist
Thomas Wentworth Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist
Thomas Wentworth Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Thomas Simson Pratt, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Thomas Simson Pratt, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Thomas Simson Pratt, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

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, c.1840 Thomas Bock
Jessie Whyte, c.1840 Thomas Bock
Jessie Whyte, c.1840 Thomas Bock

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.

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

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

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on grey paper support on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock
Jessie Robertson, c.1849 Thomas Bock

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, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack
Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

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.

William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock

William Robertson, c. 1852 Thomas Bock

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, c. 1814 Thomas Phillips

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner
William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner
William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner

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

William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock
William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock

William Robertson jnr., c. 1852 Thomas Bock

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Fiona Turner (née Robertson) and John Robertson 2011
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Jack Lang, 1931 Tom Glover
Jack Lang, 1931 Tom Glover
Jack Lang, 1931 Tom Glover

Jack Lang, 1931 Tom Glover

Portrait, pencil, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Sir Charles Nicholson, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

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

Queen Susan, c. 1868 Thomas J. Washbourne
Queen Susan, c. 1868 Thomas J. Washbourne
Queen Susan, c. 1868 Thomas J. Washbourne

Queen Susan, c. 1868 Thomas J. Washbourne

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray
William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray
William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray

William Dampier, c. 1780 unknown artist after Thomas Murray

Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

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
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
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

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, 1864 J. Walch & Sons
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons
Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864 J. Walch & Sons

Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Thomas Henry Huxley, c.1870 Maull & Co Photographers
Thomas Henry Huxley, c.1870 Maull & Co Photographers
Thomas Henry Huxley, c.1870 Maull & Co Photographers

Thomas Henry Huxley, c.1870 Maull & Co Photographers

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Archbishop Thomas Joseph Carr, c. 1886 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

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, c.1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c.1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Thomas Joseph Carr, Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, c.1887 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

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

image not online

Jack Lang, life mask, Arthur Murch

Portrait, fibreglass and resin

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin
Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin
Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin

Jack Lang, 1970 Adam Martin

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Elsie Martin 2000

Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips
Portrait of Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, 1812 N Schiavonetti after Thomas Phillips

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

Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner
Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Phillip Parker King, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000

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

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

The people's champion, Mr Lang, c.1927 an unknown artist
The people's champion, Mr Lang, c.1927 an unknown artist
The people's champion, Mr Lang, c.1927 an unknown artist

The people's champion, Mr Lang, c.1927 an unknown artist

Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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

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, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

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, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait of Henry Hopkins, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

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, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner
Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Edward Paine Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

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, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips
Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips
Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds from the Ian Potter Foundation 2008

Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox
Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox
Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox

Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox

Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Robert Brown, 1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire
Robert Brown, 1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire
Robert Brown, 1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire

Robert Brown, 1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck
Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck
Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck

Bishop James Moore, c. 1888-89 Thomas Foster Chuck

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

image not online

South Australian Illustrated (Plate 35), 1847 George French Angas, Thomas McLean

Portrait, Lithograph

Jack Lang, c. 1930-40 George Finey
Jack Lang, c. 1930-40 George Finey
Jack Lang, c. 1930-40 George Finey

Jack Lang, c. 1930-40 George Finey

Portrait, collage of coloured paper, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son
Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son
Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son

Dr James Moorhouse, 1878-79 Thomas Foster Chuck and Son

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck
Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck
Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck

Sir Edward Eyre Williams, 1872 Thomas Foster Chuck

Portrait, hand-coloured albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ross and Judy O'Connell 2016

Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips
Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips
Sir Joseph Banks, 1840s C. E. Wagstaff after Thomas Phillips

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, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne
Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878 The Photographic Society of Victoria, Melbourne

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

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., 1838 John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838 John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Lt. Genrl. the Rt Honble. Sir George Murray G.C.B., G.C.H. &c., 1838 John Cochran after Sir Thomas Lawrence

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

Jane Franklin, c.1866 - 1875 an unknown artist after Thomas Bock
Jane Franklin, c.1866 - 1875 an unknown artist after Thomas Bock
Jane Franklin, c.1866 - 1875 an unknown artist after Thomas Bock

Jane Franklin, c.1866 - 1875 an unknown artist after Thomas Bock

Portrait, carved marble relief

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2006

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Martha Sarah Butler, c. 1845 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

Portrait, watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere
Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere
Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

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, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

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.

William Henry Harvey, c.1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire
William Henry Harvey, c.1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire
William Henry Harvey, c.1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire

William Henry Harvey, c.1850 Thomas Herbert Maguire

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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

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

Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2006

John Gould, 1849 Thomas Herbert Maguire, M & N Hanhart
John Gould, 1849 Thomas Herbert Maguire, M & N Hanhart
John Gould, 1849 Thomas Herbert Maguire, M & N Hanhart

John Gould, 1849 Thomas Herbert Maguire, M & N Hanhart

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire
William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire
William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire

William Jackson Hooker, 1851 Thomas Herbert Maguire

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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
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
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

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

"Kismet" (Thomas Oscar Asche) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), (1912-13) Alick Ritchie
"Kismet" (Thomas Oscar Asche) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), (1912-13) Alick Ritchie
"Kismet" (Thomas Oscar Asche) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), (1912-13) Alick Ritchie

"Kismet" (Thomas Oscar Asche) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), (1912-13) 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, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846 Thomas Griffiths Wainewright

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

Lord John Russell, 1844 Samuel Bellin after Thomas Heathfield Carrick

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE, 2006 Avril Thomas

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, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon
Sir Joseph Banks, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon
Sir Joseph Banks, 1810 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Anthony Cardon

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

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London
William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Samuel Freeman, Fisher, Son & Co London

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

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

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

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

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, 1869 Thomas Foster Chuck
The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869 Thomas Foster Chuck
The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869 Thomas Foster Chuck

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, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790 Gilbert Stuart, John Young

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1827 Charles Turner after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1827 Charles Turner after Sir Thomas Lawrence
Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1827 Charles Turner after Sir Thomas Lawrence

Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1827 Charles Turner after Sir Thomas Lawrence

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Oscar Asche, c. 1905 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Oscar Asche, c. 1905 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company
Oscar Asche, c. 1905 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company

Oscar Asche, c. 1905 London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on cabinet card

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, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp
Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp
Rt. Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Edward Scriven, J.B.Ball & J. DeCamp

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

La Perouse, 1830s Thomas Woolnoth, William Mackenzie, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London & New York
La Perouse, 1830s Thomas Woolnoth, William Mackenzie, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London & New York
La Perouse, 1830s Thomas Woolnoth, William Mackenzie, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London & New York

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)., 1856 Freeman Brothers
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
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

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

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

Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard
Woburn Sheepshearing, 1811 Thomas Morris, M N. Bates, Joseph C. Stadler after George Garrard

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS, 1814 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Henry Meyer, T. Cadell & W. Davies
The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS, 1814 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Henry Meyer, T. Cadell & W. Davies
The Rt Hon. Henry Robert Stewart, Lord Viscount Castlereagh, MRIA & FRS, 1814 Sir Thomas Lawrence, William Evans, Henry Meyer, T. Cadell & W. Davies

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

Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist
Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist
Edward Knox Jnr and Thomas Forster Knox., c. 1855 an unknown artist

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

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

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.

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

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

Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas, 1984 Juno Gemes
Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas, 1984 Juno Gemes
Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas, 1984 Juno Gemes

Burnum Burnum and Guboo Ted Thomas, 1984 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst, 1810 Thomas Phillips, Henry Meyer
Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst, 1810 Thomas Phillips, Henry Meyer
Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst, 1810 Thomas Phillips, Henry Meyer

Henry Bathurst, Earl Bathurst, 1810 Thomas Phillips, Henry Meyer

Portrait, soft ground etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958 John Brack

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), 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Robert Dunkarton
Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart), 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Robert Dunkarton
Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart), 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Robert Dunkarton

Robert Earl of Buckinghamshire (Hobart), 1808 Sir Thomas Lawrence, Robert Dunkarton

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood gaol, 1867 an unknown artist
Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood gaol, 1867 an unknown artist
Thomas and John Clarke, bushrangers, photographed in Braidwood gaol, 1867 an unknown artist

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook
Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook
Captain James Cook FRS, 1784 Thomas Cook

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, c. 1938 Lyall Trindall

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

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

Portrait, engraving on paper (2 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated an unknown artist
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated an unknown artist
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sydney 1891 from Australasia Illustrated an unknown artist

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

Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004 John Elliott
Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004 John Elliott
Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004 John Elliott

Troy Cassar-Daley, Brisbane, 2004 John Elliott

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982 Juno Gemes
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982 Juno Gemes
Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982 Juno Gemes

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk, 1943-1944 Charles Wheeler
Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk, 1943-1944 Charles Wheeler
Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk, 1943-1944 Charles Wheeler

Sir Ernest Thomas Fisk, 1943-1944 Charles Wheeler

Portrait, coloured chalk and black ink on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2019

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler
Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler
Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler

Fanny Eleanor Lee, c 1855 Joseph Backler

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Courtesy of the Tait family

Interview with Andrew Sayers video: 2 minutes

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.

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

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.

Portrait 61 Summer 2018/19

Magazine

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

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.

Paddy Jaminji, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Paddy Jaminji, 1986 Martin van der Wal
Paddy Jaminji, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Paddy Jaminji, 1986 Martin van der Wal

Portrait, inkjet print on rag paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Noel McGrowdie, 1957 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
Noel McGrowdie, 1957 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
Noel McGrowdie, 1957 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

Noel McGrowdie, 1957 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist
Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist
Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist

Edward Henty, undated (late 19th century) an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tim Clark 2018

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley
Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley
Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779 Wedgwood and Bentley

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Robert Oatley AO 2007

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe Shirley Purdie

Current exhibition

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.

Pamela See video: 5 minutes 22 seconds

Pamela See (Xue Mei-Ling)

Contributing artists

Born: 1979, Brisbane
Works: Brisbane

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.

Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux
Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux
Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux

Anna Pavlova, 1926 Harold Cazneaux

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Maria Jane Dowling, c.1862 an unknown artist
Maria Jane Dowling, c.1862 an unknown artist
Maria Jane Dowling, c.1862 an unknown artist

Maria Jane Dowling, c.1862 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

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

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

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

Portrait, ambrotype

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

Portrait, ambrotype

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

Leura Dowling, c.1861 an unknown artist
Leura Dowling, c.1861 an unknown artist
Leura Dowling, c.1861 an unknown artist

Leura Dowling, c.1861 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

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

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.

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.

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hey Betty (Portrait of Betty Churcher), 1990 Davida Allen

Portrait, oil on plywood

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018) Gary Ede
The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018) Gary Ede
The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018) Gary Ede

The Saints, 1978 (printed 2018) Gary Ede

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2018

The Hon. James Whyte, c.1874 John Hubert Newman
The Hon. James Whyte, c.1874 John Hubert Newman
The Hon. James Whyte, c.1874 John Hubert Newman

The Hon. James Whyte, c.1874 John Hubert Newman

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

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

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

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

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

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, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott
Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Betty Churcher, 2008 Adam Knott

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

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
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
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

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 visite, hand-coloured contained in red leather concertina presentation case

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

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

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

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, 2016 Michael Zavros
Quentin Bryce, 2016 Michael Zavros
Quentin Bryce, 2016 Michael Zavros

Quentin Bryce, 2016 Michael Zavros

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2016

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, (n.d.) Bessie Gibson
Harold Parker, (n.d.) Bessie Gibson
Harold Parker, (n.d.) Bessie Gibson

Harold Parker, (n.d.) Bessie Gibson

Portrait, watercolour on ivory in locket frame

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rosamond Shepherd 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist
Martha Knox, c. 1855 an unknown artist

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, 1933 Henry James Haley
Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley
Douglas Mawson, 1933 Henry James Haley

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

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Justice Ian Callinan 1999
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, 1959 Pam MacFarlane
Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane
Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane

Sir John Eccles, 1959 Pam MacFarlane

Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2007

Danny Morseu, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Danny Morseu, 2005 Sahlan Hayes
Danny Morseu, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Danny Morseu, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Leah King-Smith

Contributing artists

Born: 1957, Gympie, QLD
Works: Brisbane

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Lloyd Rees, Robert Walker

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Lloyd Rees, 1970 Anthony Browell
Lloyd Rees, 1970 Anthony Browell
Lloyd Rees, 1970 Anthony Browell

Lloyd Rees, 1970 Anthony Browell

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

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Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist
Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Eleanor Wingate (née Rouse), c. 1850 an unknown artist

Portrait, hand-coloured photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2009
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

Carol McGregor

Contributing artists

Born: 1961, Hastings, New Zealand
Works: Brisbane

Thea Astley, 1985 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Thea Astley, 1985 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Thea Astley, 1985 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Thea Astley, 1985 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

William St. Leonards Robertson, c.1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)
Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)
Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)

Mr and Mrs R.T. Carter, c. 1863 Milligan Bros. (Studio)

Portrait, ambrotype, hand-coloured on glass plate with black paint backing

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr and Mrs James Bain 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes

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

Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns
Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns
Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns

Paquita Mawson, late 1940s Ingrid Erns

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen

Li Cunxin, 2017–2018 by Jun Chen

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

Lloyd Rees, c. 1988 Lewis Morley
Lloyd Rees, c. 1988 Lewis Morley
Lloyd Rees, c. 1988 Lewis Morley

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

Portrait 60 Spring 2018

Magazine

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

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

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

Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Lord Casey Louis Kahan
Lord Casey Louis Kahan
Lord Casey Louis Kahan

Lord Casey, Louis Kahan

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

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

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 by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Lloyd Rees, 1987 Michel Lawrence
Lloyd Rees, 1987 Michel Lawrence
Lloyd Rees, 1987 Michel Lawrence

Lloyd Rees, 1987 Michel Lawrence

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

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

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, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley
Sir James Hardy, c. 1975 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

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.

Dadang Christanto, 2005 Hari Ho
Dadang Christanto, 2005 Hari Ho
Dadang Christanto, 2005 Hari Ho

Dadang Christanto, 2005 Hari Ho

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts
Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts
Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts

Caleb Williamson Esq., c 1887 Tom Roberts

Portrait, oil on canvas

Courtesy of Dr. J Allsop

Mr and Mrs Case, 1864 Alexander Fox and Co
Mr and Mrs Case, 1864 Alexander Fox and Co
Mr and Mrs Case, 1864 Alexander Fox and Co

Mr and Mrs Case, 1864 Alexander Fox and Co

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Lloyd Rees full face, 1979 Max Dupain
Lloyd Rees full face, 1979 Max Dupain
Lloyd Rees full face, 1979 Max Dupain

Lloyd Rees full face, 1979 Max Dupain

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, 1979 Max Dupain
Lloyd Rees from behind, 1979 Max Dupain
Lloyd Rees from behind, 1979 Max Dupain

Lloyd Rees from behind, 1979 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836 William Fernyhough

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

R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)

R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)

Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

William John Wills, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
William John Wills, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
William John Wills, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)

William John Wills, c. 1861 De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)

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 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret
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 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret
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 François Bonneville after Joseph Jauffret

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

George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

George Miller, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings
Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings
Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings

Fred Schepisi, c. 2000 Kate Gollings

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble
Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble
Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble

Charles Blondin, 1874 Timothy Noble

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight
Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight
Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight

Lindy Lee, 2003 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Eugene Goossens, c. 1954 Max Dupain
Eugene Goossens, c. 1954 Max Dupain
Eugene Goossens, c. 1954 Max Dupain

Eugene Goossens, c. 1954 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Bert Hinkler, 1930s Nison Tregor
Bert Hinkler, 1930s Nison Tregor
Bert Hinkler, 1930s Nison Tregor

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

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

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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

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

Portrait, carbon print photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Quentin Bryce, 2000 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Quentin Bryce, 2000 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham
Quentin Bryce, 2000 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Quentin Bryce, 2000 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

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

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior
John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior
John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior

John Connell, c. 1830 Richard Read junior

Portrait, watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Eleanor Thorton 2013
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley
Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley
Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802 William Ridley

Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

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

Frederick Cato, 1932 W B McInnes
Frederick Cato, 1932 W B McInnes
Frederick Cato, 1932 W B McInnes

Frederick Cato, 1932 W B McInnes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program in memory of Frederick John Cato Kumm 2011

Eugene Goossens, c.1954 Max Dupain
Eugene Goossens, c.1954 Max Dupain
Eugene Goossens, c.1954 Max Dupain

Eugene Goossens, c.1954 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen
Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen
Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen

Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2018

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

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

Sir Asher Joel Louis Kahan
Sir Asher Joel Louis Kahan
Sir Asher Joel Louis Kahan

Sir Asher Joel, Louis Kahan

Portrait, pencil on paper

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

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

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

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2008

The vigil, 2011 by Anthony Anderton

Anthony Anderton

NPPP 2012 learning resource

An interview with the photographer.

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

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

Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll
Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll
Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll

Mick Molloy, 2009 Andrew Maccoll

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2009

Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood
Portrait of Brian Dunlop, c. 1972 Bryan Westwood

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

Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer, 2003 Danelle Bergstrom
Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer, 2003 Danelle Bergstrom
Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer, 2003 Danelle Bergstrom

Nancy Bird Walton - Pioneer, 2003 Danelle Bergstrom

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Mr King (Bernard King), c. 1979 Jon Waddy
Mr King (Bernard King), c. 1979 Jon Waddy
Mr King (Bernard King), c. 1979 Jon Waddy

Mr King (Bernard King), c. 1979 Jon Waddy

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist
Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist
Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist

Henry Wade, c. 1841 an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on paperboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Wade and Hannah families 2013

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, 2018 Russell Shakespeare

Tim Fairfax, 2018 by Russell Shakespeare

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

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

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

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski
Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski
Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski

Barbara Blackman, 2008 Gorgi Dimcevski

Portrait, oil on canvas

National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Barbara Blackman 2009

Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Martha Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy
Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Robert Kermode, c. 1840 Henry Mundy

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Stephen and Russell Page, 1993 (printed 2011) Robert Rosen
Stephen and Russell Page, 1993 (printed 2011) Robert Rosen
Stephen and Russell Page, 1993 (printed 2011) Robert Rosen

Stephen and Russell Page, 1993 (printed 2011) Robert Rosen

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Robert Rosen 2012

Lindy Lee, 1995 Greg Weight
Lindy Lee, 1995 Greg Weight
Lindy Lee, 1995 Greg Weight

Lindy Lee, 1995 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margaret Dodd, 2002 Greg Weight
Margaret Dodd, 2002 Greg Weight
Margaret Dodd, 2002 Greg Weight

Margaret Dodd, 2002 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

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

TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

TJ Smith and Tulloch, 1960 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Neil Perry, 1997 Selina Snow
Neil Perry, 1997 Selina Snow
Neil Perry, 1997 Selina Snow

Neil Perry, 1997 Selina Snow

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1999

Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter

Collection in focus: Brook Andrew

Previous exhibition, 2017

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

Tim Fairfax, 2018 Russell Shakespeare
Tim Fairfax, 2018 Russell Shakespeare
Tim Fairfax, 2018 Russell Shakespeare

Tim Fairfax, 2018 Russell Shakespeare

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Nam Le, 2010 Rozalind Drummond
Nam Le, 2010 Rozalind Drummond
Nam Le, 2010 Rozalind Drummond

Nam Le, 2010 Rozalind Drummond

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell
Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

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

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The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor
The first Australian first-class cricket team to tour England and North America, 1878 A. & G. Taylor

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

Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770 unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds

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

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

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

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

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, 2011 Jozef Vissel
Professor John Shine, 2011 Jozef Vissel
Professor John Shine, 2011 Jozef Vissel

Professor John Shine, 2011 Jozef Vissel

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Jozef Vissel 2015

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor
David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor
David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with assistance from the Circle of Friends 2012

Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Tommy Woodcock and Reckless, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

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

George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

George Gregan, 1999 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Portrait of Henry Kendall, c. 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr
Portrait of Henry Kendall, c. 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr
Portrait of Henry Kendall, c. 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr

Portrait of Henry Kendall, c. 1890-94 S. Milbourn Jnr

Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Captain Ulm, 1932 Enid Fleming
Captain Ulm, 1932 Enid Fleming
Captain Ulm, 1932 Enid Fleming

Captain Ulm, 1932 Enid Fleming

Portrait, cast plaster, patinated

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

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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

Video still from Dream Job, 2011 by David M Thomas

My dream job

Magazine article by David Thomas, 2012

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

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes
Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes
Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on dibond

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan
Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan
Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan

Dichotomia, Barry Otto, 2008 Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010

Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler
Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler
Lord Casey, c. 1932 Charles Wheeler

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

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

Leah Purcell, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Leah Purcell, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie
Leah Purcell, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Leah Purcell, c. 2000 Penny Tweedie

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004

Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton
Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton

Paul Kelly, 2013 Warwick Thornton

Portrait, digital HD video 8 minutes 54 seconds

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Ian Darling 2013

Marcia Langton, 1982 Juno Gemes
Marcia Langton, 1982 Juno Gemes
Marcia Langton, 1982 Juno Gemes

Marcia Langton, 1982 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Some lads I (Russell Page), 1986 Tracey Moffatt
Some lads I (Russell Page), 1986 Tracey Moffatt
Some lads I (Russell Page), 1986 Tracey Moffatt

Some lads I (Russell Page), 1986 Tracey Moffatt

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne
Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne
Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne

Akira Isogawa, 2003 (printed 2005) Ingvar Kenne

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2017
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt
Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt
Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt

Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt

Portrait, black and white photograph, pen, and hand-coloured photograph on paper

Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Tim Fairfaix AM 2013

George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan
George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan
George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan

George Moore, 1957 Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

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

Husbands and Wives Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia

Previous exhibition, 2010

'I have just been to my dressing case to take a peep at you.

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles
Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles
Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

Portrait, cast bronze on granite base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Bequest of John J Holden 2005

Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche
Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche

Leigh Bowery, 1984 Robyn Beeche

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
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

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

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

Cressida Campbell, 2001 Greg Weight
Cressida Campbell, 2001 Greg Weight
Cressida Campbell, 2001 Greg Weight

Cressida Campbell, 2001 Greg Weight

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 by Peter Hudson

General content

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

Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings
Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings
Brian Croser AO, 1998 Kate Gollings

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

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

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 by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

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.

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, 2009 Guy Maestri

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.

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

Sideshow Alley Infamy, the macabre & the portrait

Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975, 1984 Roderick Shaw
Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975, 1984 Roderick Shaw
Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975, 1984 Roderick Shaw

Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975, 1984 Roderick Shaw

Portrait, oil and oil pastel on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson
Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson

Robert, Lindy, Grant, 1981 Jenny Watson

Portrait, oil on canvas board (triptych)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant

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

Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles
Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles

Matt Moran, 2004 Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles 2005

Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries
Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries
Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries

Self portrait, 2002 Barry Humphries

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

The chase, 1952 Charles Blackman
The chase, 1952 Charles Blackman
The chase, 1952 Charles Blackman

The chase, 1952 Charles Blackman

Portrait, tempera on masonite

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

Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle
Dennis Lillee, 1977 (printed 2010) Bruce Postle

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

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

All there in black and white

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

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

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

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846 Samuel Metford

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

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

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin
Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond
Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond
Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-55 George Richmond

Portrait, copperplate engraving on buff paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

David Malouf, 1980 Jeffrey Smart
David Malouf, 1980 Jeffrey Smart
David Malouf, 1980 Jeffrey Smart

David Malouf, 1980 Jeffrey Smart

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Gene Sherman AM and Brian Sherman AM 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program

Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson
Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson
Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson

Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003

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.

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

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

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Michelle Simmons, 2018 Selina Ou
Michelle Simmons, 2018 Selina Ou
Michelle Simmons, 2018 Selina Ou

Michelle Simmons, 2018 Selina Ou

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

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.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

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.

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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, 2005 Ian Jennings

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.

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.

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson
Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson
Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes
Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Lady Knox, c. 1927-29 W B McInnes

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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, 1980 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley

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.

Paul Kelly, 2004 Jon Campbell

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

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

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

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.

Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Harriet Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

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, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist
Portrait of Julia Swan, c. 1842 an unknown artist

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

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott

Thousand Mile Stare Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti+Campbell

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.

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Kylie Tennant, early 1980's (printed 2018) Jacqueline Mitelman

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith
Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968 Joshua Smith

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore
TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore
TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924 May Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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.

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

Electric! Portraits that pop!

Previous exhibition, 2018

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

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

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.

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.

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis
Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Shane Warne, 2006 Robin Sellick

Flash Australian Athletes in Focus

Previous exhibition, 2006

Introduction The National Portrait Gallery’s photographic exhibition Flash: Australian Athletes in Focus explores various interpretations of Australian sporting men and women.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

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.

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

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

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

Cate Blanchett, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

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

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.

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.

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.

Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Margaret Robertson, c.1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Harold Blair, 1948 Ernest Buckmaster
Harold Blair, 1948 Ernest Buckmaster
Harold Blair, 1948 Ernest Buckmaster

Harold Blair, 1948 Ernest Buckmaster

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

First Ladies Significant Australian Women 1913–2013

Previous exhibition, 2013

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

Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft
Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft
Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft

Russell Page in Venice, 1997 Brenda L. Croft

Portrait, triptych of type C photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

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Peter Porter, 2004 Tony Clark

Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and permanent marker on canvas

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

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

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

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.

Li Cunxin, 2018 Jun Chen

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.

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.

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

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

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist
Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist
Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist

Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist
Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist

Mrs Elizabeth Lewis, c. 1830 an unknown artist

Portrait, watercolour on ivory

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

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

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.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

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.

Senator Bonner, 1990 Robert Campbell Jnr

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.

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.

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving), 2011 Nicholas Harding

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.

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey
Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey
Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

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

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

Portrait, mezzotint on paper

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

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.

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.

Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett
Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett
Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett

Joan Kerr, 2004 Peter Drewett

Portrait, pokerwork on spotted gum

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of James Semple Kerr 2004

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie

Presenting… Shirley Purdie’s Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe Wednesday 27 May 2020

Media

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.

Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson
Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson
Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson

Archie Roach, 2008 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

Matthew Burnett, c.1865 Henry Samuel Sadd

Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Automatic for the people: Casey Stoner, 2008 Scott Redford

Speed demon

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

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

Tony Shaw, 2018 Sarah Rhodes

Tony Shaw, 2018 by Sarah Rhodes

General content

Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2018

Peace, the Man and Hope, 2005 Brook Andrew, Larry Rawling
Peace, the Man and Hope, 2005 Brook Andrew, Larry Rawling
Peace, the Man and Hope, 2005 Brook Andrew, Larry Rawling

Peace, the Man and Hope, 2005 Brook Andrew, Larry Rawling

Portrait, screenprint on five sheets of paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Brook Andrew in memory of Emmaline Rose Charnock 2012

Mr Mortimer Lewis, c. 1828 an unknown artist

Little treasures

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2002

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

Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co
Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co
Georg von Neumayer, c.1860 Johnstone & Co

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

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

A Meeting of Great Minds

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

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

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860 Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co
Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860 Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co
Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860 Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co

Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860 Melbourne and Sydney Photographic Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

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

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

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

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.
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.

Hattie Shepparde, 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio
Hattie Shepparde, 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio
Hattie Shepparde, 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio

Hattie Shepparde, 1872 Bardwell's Royal Studio

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Face of South Sudan, 2012 by Melanie Faith Dove

Melanie Faith Dove

Finalist interviews
Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title, 1968 (printed 2008) Mervyn Bishop

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.

123 Faces, 2002

123 Faces

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2002

Magda Keaney examines the 123 Faces project by Simon Obarzanek.

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. 

Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Nicholas Chevalier, c. 1867 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

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

Marcia Langton, 2009 Brook Andrew, Trent Walter

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.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie

Storied portrait

About Face article

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

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828 Thomas Phillips

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.

Andrew Gaze, 2018 George Fetting

Andrew Gaze, 2018 by George Fetting

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Trent Birkett 2018

Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-61 William Dargie

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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Forum participants

General content

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

General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor

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.

Michelle Simmons, 2018 Selina Ou

Michelle Simmons, 2018 by Selina Ou

General content

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

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.

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834 Thomas James Lempriere

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Self portrait, 1948 Grace Cossington Smith

Portrait of a Modernist

Magazine article by Dimity Goldie, 2003

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

Glenn McGrath, 2003 Sally Robinson

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.

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.

Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson

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.

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

Noel McKenna

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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.

Dr Claire Roberts

References

General content

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

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, c. 1788 Benjamin West, John Raphael Smith

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.

Howard Taylor, 1988 (printed 2001) John Austin

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.

Gordon Darling Hall, National Portrait Gallery

Architecture

About us

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

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG, 2006 Jiawei Shen

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.

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.

Sir Edward Holden, 1945 Leslie Bowles

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.

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, 1976 Roderick Shaw

Good, bad and the ugly

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond explores what makes a portrait subject significant.

Mark Loane, 2016 Joachim Froese

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.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett, c. 1950 cast 1955-6 Daphne Mayo

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?

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

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

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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.

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.

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A] from the series "Masks and Faces", 1874 Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times

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.

Les Murray, 1995 David Naseby

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.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

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.

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.

High school, 2008

Subtle emotion

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2010

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

Barbara Blackman, c. 1953 an unknown artist

Life class

Magazine article by Leonie Hellmers, 2004

Barbara Blackman reflects on her experiences as a life model.

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

ORA - Homesickness Project 2015 by Chrys Zantis

Food for thought

Magazine article by Michael Wardell, 2016

Michael Wardell on Chrys Zantis’ Ora.

Self portrait, 1999/2005 Tracey Moffatt

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, 2004 John Elliott

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.

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 Anne Zahalka

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.

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, 1867 Julia Margaret Cameron

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.

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.

Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman

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.

Ken Catchpole, 2014 Gary Grealy

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.

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.

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

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.

Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Regarding Henrys

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

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

Victor Trumper, 1905 George Beldam, Sun Electric Engraving Company

Top shot that

Magazine article by Gideon Haigh, 2009

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

Me, 1992 Ken Done

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.

"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward

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.

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, 2006 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

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

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.

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot, c. 1870 an unknown artist

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

Confessional conversations The portraiture of Kristin Headlam

Magazine article by Fiona Gruber, 2015

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

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

Fugue in Yellow

Magazine article by Roger Benjamin, 2015

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

Self portrait, 1846 George French Angas

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.

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

Australia’s great internationalists

Magazine article by Penny Grist, 2016

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

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

Robyn Sweaney

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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.

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

The importance of being bearded

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

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

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782 John Webber

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

George and Jemima Billet with family, c. 1852 C.H.T. Costantini

Costantini's convictions

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2017

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

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

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, c. 1849 Charles Rodius

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.

Beach life (dog), 2006 by Nicholas Harding

Nicholas Harding

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

Untitled #21/09 (after Ricci, 1700; featuring Matthew Mitcham), 2009 Ross Watson

Getting bare

Magazine article by Penny 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.

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, 1838 W. B. Gould

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

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

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, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

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

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