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

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

Joseph Banks
Joseph Banks
Joseph Banks

Joseph Banks, 1774

Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Dickinson
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

George Foletta
George Foletta
George Foletta

George Foletta, n.d.

Dickinson Monteath Studio
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

George Rose
George Rose
George Rose

George Rose, 1811

Giovanni Vendramini, T. Cadell & W. Davies after William Evans, Sir William Beechey
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

William Macleay
William Macleay
William Macleay

William Macleay, 1885

William Macleod after Freeman Brothers
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

The Right Honourable William Pitt
The Right Honourable William Pitt
The Right Honourable William Pitt

The Right Honourable William Pitt, 1799

Charles Brome after William Owen
Portrait, line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

William Hodges RA
William Hodges RA
William Hodges RA

William Hodges RA, 1808 (dated 1810)

George Dance, William Daniell
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

William Westall
William Westall
William Westall

William Westall, 1854

George Dance, William Daniell
Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Sir William Gaston Walkley
Sir William Gaston Walkley
Sir William Gaston Walkley

Sir William Gaston Walkley, 1958

William Pidgeon
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Caltex Australia Ltd 2008

Study for Portrait of W S Robinson
Study for Portrait of W S Robinson
Study for Portrait of W S Robinson

Study for Portrait of W S Robinson, 1952

William Dobell
Portrait, oil on board

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

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

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

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863

William Edward Kilburn
Portrait, carte de visite photograph on card

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

The Payne family
The Payne family
The Payne family

The Payne family, 1888-1889

A. Flegeltaub
Portrait, albumen photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

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

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

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

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

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.

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 William Gaston Walkley

William Pidgeon

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

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William Boissevain

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Self portrait

William Dargie

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1960

Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies

William Dobell part two

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

William Dobell

William Dobell part one

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

The gang, 1977

Lust for life

Magazine article by William Yang, 2008

Celebrated Sydney-based photographer and performer William Yang was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to produce a new performance work that premiered at the opening of the Gallery's new building.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, late 1930s

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on wood panel

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG in recognition of Sir William Dargie's role in the establishment of the National Gallery of Australia 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1870

William H. Bardwell
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

William Ashton

Will Ashton

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1960

William Ashton
William Ashton
William Ashton

William Ashton, c. 1940s

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Dobell
William Dobell
William Dobell

William Dobell, 1943

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

William Dobell
William Dobell
William Dobell

William Dobell, 1942

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir William Charles Windeyer
Sir William Charles Windeyer
Sir William Charles Windeyer

Sir William Charles Windeyer, 1892

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the family of Sir Victor and Lady Windeyer 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson, 1982

William Yang
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2003

Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe
Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe
Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe

Boardman, Lake Macquarie tribe, 1836

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithographic print on paper

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

Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe
Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe
Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe

Punch, wife of Cullabaa, Broken Bay tribe, 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

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

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

William Pidgeon
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Jemmy, Newcastle tribe
Jemmy, Newcastle tribe
Jemmy, Newcastle tribe

Jemmy, Newcastle tribe, 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

Mary, Botany Bay tribe
Mary, Botany Bay tribe
Mary, Botany Bay tribe

Mary, Botany Bay tribe, 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

Mickie, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle tribe
Mickie, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle tribe
Mickie, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle tribe

Mickie, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle tribe, 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

Toby, Broken Bay tribe
Toby, Broken Bay tribe
Toby, Broken Bay tribe

Toby, Broken Bay tribe, 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

Tommy, Broken Bay tribe
Tommy, Broken Bay tribe
Tommy, Broken Bay tribe

Tommy, Broken Bay tribe, 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

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney
Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney
Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 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

Cullabaa, native of Lake George, Five Islands tribe
Cullabaa, native of Lake George, Five Islands tribe
Cullabaa, native of Lake George, Five Islands tribe

Cullabaa, native of Lake George, Five Islands tribe, 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

William - Aspendale
William - Aspendale
William - Aspendale

William - Aspendale, 1966 (printed 2015)

Lazar Krum
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Gift of the artist 2015

William Walford
William Walford
William Walford

William Walford, c. 1873

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

William Robertson junior
William Robertson junior
William Robertson junior

William Robertson junior, c. 1857

Conway Hart
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Patrick White by William Yang

Portrait story

An interview with photographer William Yang who recalls his encounters with the author Patrick White.

William Robertson jnr
William Robertson jnr
William Robertson jnr

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

William Charles Wentworth
William Charles Wentworth
William Charles Wentworth

William Charles Wentworth, 1854

Thomas Woolner
Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

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

William Robertson
William Robertson
William Robertson

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

Self portrait

Sir William Dargie CBE

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Sir William Dargie, painter and eight times winner of the Archibald Prize for portraiture, died in Melbourne on July 26, 2003, aged 91.

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia
Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia
Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia

Sir William Francis Drummond Jervois, Governor of South Australia, 1881

Solomon Studios
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on cabinet card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

In memory of the Rev William Hill
In memory of the Rev William Hill
In memory of the Rev William Hill

In memory of the Rev William Hill, 1869

Charles Wherrett
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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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.

William Saurin Lyster
William Saurin Lyster
William Saurin Lyster

William Saurin Lyster, mid to late 1860s

Davies & Co
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

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

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

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

John Davis
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

William Beach
William Beach
William Beach

William Beach, 1888

an unknown artist
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

William Dakin
William Dakin
William Dakin

William Dakin, c. 1943

Gervaise Purcell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Leigh Purcell 2012

William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney
William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney
William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney

William Dobell, Potts Point, Sydney, 1960 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Sir William Deane 2008
Sir William Deane 2008
Sir William Deane 2008

Sir William Deane 2008, 2008

Merilyn Fairskye
Portrait, single channel moving image, colour, sound, 2 minutes, 47 seconds

Purchased 2011

William Bligh
William Bligh
William Bligh

William Bligh, c. 1776

John Webber
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2015

William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer

William Charles Windeyer, 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009

William Barak at work on the drawing ‘Ceremony’ at Coranderrk
William Barak at work on the drawing ‘Ceremony’ at Coranderrk
William Barak at work on the drawing ‘Ceremony’ at Coranderrk

William Barak at work on the drawing ‘Ceremony’ at Coranderrk, 1902

Johannes Heyer
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, sepia toned on paper

Purchased with the assistance of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society 2000

Sir William Dobell
Sir William Dobell
Sir William Dobell

Sir William Dobell, n.d.

Louis Kahan
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen and pen and ink on paper

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

William Lanne
William Lanne
William Lanne

William Lanne, 1866 (printed 1890s)

Charles Woolley
Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

William Dampier
William Dampier
William Dampier

William Dampier, c. 1780

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

William Hodges Esq. RA
William Hodges Esq. RA
William Hodges Esq. RA

William Hodges Esq. RA, 1792

Richard Westall
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

William Howitt
William Howitt
William Howitt

William Howitt, n.d.

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

William Robinson
William Robinson
William Robinson

William Robinson, 1994

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Reverend William Singleton
Reverend William Singleton
Reverend William Singleton

Reverend William Singleton, 1866

George Perry
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Portrait of William Manning
Portrait of William Manning
Portrait of William Manning

Portrait of William Manning, c. 1821

Henry Bone
Portrait, enamel on copper plate

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2017

William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer
William Charles Windeyer

William Charles Windeyer, 1856

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2009

William Charles Windeyer aged six
William Charles Windeyer aged six
William Charles Windeyer aged six

William Charles Windeyer aged six, 1840

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Gift of the Windeyer family 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot
William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot
William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot, c. 1870

an unknown artist
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Dr Edward MacMahon
Dr Edward MacMahon
Dr Edward MacMahon

Dr Edward MacMahon, 1959

William Dobell
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of the MacMahon family in affectionate memory of Edward MacMahon and William Dobell 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Edward Knox
Edward Knox
Edward Knox

Edward Knox, c. 1927-1929

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

Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies
Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies

Sketch for Prime Minister Robert Menzies, 1960

William Dobell
Portrait, watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 1999

Judy Davis
Judy Davis
Judy Davis

Judy Davis, 1981

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 1998

Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick
Kate Fitzpatrick

Kate Fitzpatrick, 1983

William Yang
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2003

Peter Allen
Peter Allen
Peter Allen

Peter Allen, 1980

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Purchased 2003

King Barak, last of the Yarra Tribe, 1899

Barak, respected elder

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2009

Dr Christopher Chapman looks at the life of Wurundjeri elder William Barak through the portrait painted by Victor de Pury in 1899.

Patrick White
Patrick White
Patrick White

Patrick White, 1980

William Yang
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

A Sydney family, 1840s

The house, the horse, the wife and the offspring

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour writes about the portraiture of the colonial artist William Nicholas.

Sir Hudson Fysh
Sir Hudson Fysh
Sir Hudson Fysh

Sir Hudson Fysh, 1950

William Dobell
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Australian War Memorial in association with the Fysh family 2008

Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp
Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp, 1980

William Yang
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2003

Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes
Billy Hughes

Billy Hughes, n.d.

Will Dyson
Portrait, pen and ink wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

"Fairie" A W Cox (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1910

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson, c. 1915

William Johnson
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson, c. 1915

William Johnson
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira
Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira, 1958

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Purchased with funds donated by Marilyn Darling AC and with the assistance of Philip Bacon Galleries 2000

Lord Kitchener
Lord Kitchener
Lord Kitchener

Lord Kitchener, n.d.

William Howitt
Portrait, carved Jarrah

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree
Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree
Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree

Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree, 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

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.

William Charles Wentworth -The Australian Patriot

The Wentworths – Hidden in Plain Sight

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll on the gendered world of the Wentworths.

Sir Lawrence Wackett
Sir Lawrence Wackett
Sir Lawrence Wackett

Sir Lawrence Wackett, c. 1961

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Arlette Perkins daughter of Sir Lawrence Wackett 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman
Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman
Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman

Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman, c. 1880

William B. Latimer
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Admiral Bligh
Admiral Bligh
Admiral Bligh

Admiral Bligh, 1801

John Chapman
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Purchased 2010

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

High & Bligh

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

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

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

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

Robert Dodd
Portrait, aquatint engraving on paper

Purchased with funds provided by the Ian Potter Foundation 2008

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.

Professor Peter Doherty

The Changing Face of the Scientist

Magazine article by Elizabeth Finlay, 2003

Scientists tend to conjure up images of men in white coats in labs but this is just one stereotype in an evolving history of how we have perceived scientists, and how their profession has been understood over the years.

Thomas Pennant
Thomas Pennant
Thomas Pennant

Thomas Pennant, c. 1790

William Ridley
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Robert Carter
Robert Carter
Robert Carter

Robert Carter, c. 1910

William Johnson
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on grey cardboard

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

Essington Lewis
Essington Lewis
Essington Lewis

Essington Lewis, 1952

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

At the Pantechnetheca, Exhibition, Eastern Arcade, Dominick Sonsee, the smallest man in the world
At the Pantechnetheca, Exhibition, Eastern Arcade, Dominick Sonsee, the smallest man in the world
At the Pantechnetheca, Exhibition, Eastern Arcade, Dominick Sonsee, the smallest man in the world

At the Pantechnetheca, Exhibition, Eastern Arcade, Dominick Sonsee, the smallest man in the world, c. 1880

William Burman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Sir Norman Coles
Sir Norman Coles
Sir Norman Coles

Sir Norman Coles,

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

The Billy Book
The Billy Book
The Billy Book

The Billy Book, 1918

David Low
Portrait, book

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Suzie Campbell 2001

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

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

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

Alice Want
Alice Want
Alice Want

Alice Want, 1853

William Nicholas
Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

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

Sir Kenneth Coles
Sir Kenneth Coles
Sir Kenneth Coles

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

The Mask of Barry Humphries
The Mask of Barry Humphries
The Mask of Barry Humphries

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marlene McCarthy 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks, 1802

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Sir Arvi Parbo
Sir Arvi Parbo
Sir Arvi Parbo

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir James Balderstone
Sir James Balderstone
Sir James Balderstone

Sir James Balderstone, 1989

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

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

William Fernyhough
Portrait, lithograph on paper

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

Sir Cecil Colville
Sir Cecil Colville
Sir Cecil Colville

Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Due 2010

Bill Northam
Bill Northam
Bill Northam

Bill Northam, 1964 (printed 2004)

Robin Smith
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Sir James McNeill
Sir James McNeill
Sir James McNeill

Sir James McNeill, 1980

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Emily Fairfax
Emily Fairfax
Emily Fairfax

Emily Fairfax, 1870

William Macleod
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion
Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion
Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion

Chinese giant Chonkwicsee and companion, 1876

Arthur William Burman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson
Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson, 1915

William Johnson
Portrait, silver gelatin photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Bill Worrall, Five Islands tribe
Bill Worrall, Five Islands tribe
Bill Worrall, Five Islands tribe

Bill Worrall, Five Islands tribe, 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

Harold Darling
Harold Darling
Harold Darling

Harold Darling, 1951

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, 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.

William Lanne
William Lanne
William Lanne

William Lanne, c. 1866

Charles Woolley, J.W. Beattie
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by
Allanah Dopson & Nicholas Heyward 2009

William Bligh by John Webber video: 2 minutes

William Bligh

by John Webber
Portrait story

Twice rebelled against, and twice vindicated, William Bligh occupies an ambivalent space in Australian history. Angus Trumble, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery, explains.

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

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

Hills & Saunders
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

William Robertson
William Robertson
William Robertson

William Robertson, 1866

Thomas Adams Hill
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

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

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869

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

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

William Baker Ashton, First Governor of Adelaide Gaol
William Baker Ashton, First Governor of Adelaide Gaol
William Baker Ashton, First Governor of Adelaide Gaol

William Baker Ashton, First Governor of Adelaide Gaol, c. 1849

Henry H. Glover
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

William McMahon
William McMahon
William McMahon

William McMahon, 1973

Victor Greenhalgh
Portrait, ciment fondue

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

A Goldfields Member
A Goldfields Member
A Goldfields Member

A Goldfields Member "The Dove of Ararat" [The Hon. William McLellan M.L.A], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

William Lyne
William Lyne
William Lyne

William Lyne, late 1860s

Charles Woolley
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir William 'Billy' McMahon
Sir William 'Billy' McMahon
Sir William 'Billy' McMahon

Sir William 'Billy' McMahon, n.d.

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

Billy Hughes paperweight
Billy Hughes paperweight
Billy Hughes paperweight

Billy Hughes paperweight, n.d.

an unknown artist
Portrait, cast iron, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ric Techow and Jenny Techow-Coleman in memory of Roy and Bet Techow 2001

Billy McMahon
Billy McMahon
Billy McMahon

Billy McMahon, 1972

Frank Hinder
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen, wash on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM

Billy Hughes bottle stopper
Billy Hughes bottle stopper
Billy Hughes bottle stopper

Billy Hughes bottle stopper, 1911-1921

Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Portrait, ceramic and cork

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones
Sir Charles Lloyd Jones
Sir Charles Lloyd Jones

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones, 1951

William Dobell
Portrait, oil on composition board

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

Clara Crosbie
Clara Crosbie
Clara Crosbie

Clara Crosbie, c. 1885

Arthur William Burman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Gift of John McPhee 2018

"Fetteresso" Sir Robert Duff (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1883

Francois Verheyden
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Omai
Omai
Omai

Omai, 1777

William Hodges, James Caldwall
Portrait, copper-line engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

George Foletta
George Foletta
George Foletta

George Foletta,

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Captain W Kinghorne

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
Sir Macfarlane Burnet
Sir Macfarlane Burnet
Sir Macfarlane Burnet

Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-1961

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Sir Macfarlane Burnet

Picture this...

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

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

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales
Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales

Captain John Hunter, Governor New South Wales, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

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Sir James Forrest, 1978

William Boissevain
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c. 1913

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Walter Reginald Hume
Walter Reginald Hume
Walter Reginald Hume

Walter Reginald Hume, c. 1944

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of David Hume OAM 2016

Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand
Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand
Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand

Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand, 1861

William-Wolfe Alais
Portrait, engraving on paper.

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

Sir Edgar Coles
Sir Edgar Coles
Sir Edgar Coles

Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18
Willie Edward Harney, aged 18

Willie Edward Harney, aged 18, c. 1913

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Dame Mabel Brookes
Dame Mabel Brookes
Dame Mabel Brookes

Dame Mabel Brookes, c. 1955

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Rodney Davidson AO OBE 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Captain John Hunter
Captain John Hunter
Captain John Hunter

Captain John Hunter, 1801

William Ridley
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

Opening of the First Legislative Council of Victoria, by Governor Charles Joseph LaTrobe, at St Patrick's Hall, Bourke Street West, Melbourne. November 13th 1851. From sketches taken at the time by William Strutt., 1883

John Noone after William Strutt
Portrait, photolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

William John Wills
William John Wills
William John Wills

William John Wills, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster]
Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster]
Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster]

Opera [Mr William Saurin Lyster], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2016

William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee
William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee
William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee

William Hardy Wilson at Purulia, Warrawee, 1921 (printed by Max Dupain 1981)

Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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 Henry Harvey
William Henry Harvey
William Henry Harvey

William Henry Harvey, c. 1850

Thomas Herbert Maguire
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker
William Jackson Hooker

William Jackson Hooker, 1851

Thomas Herbert Maguire
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith)
Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith)
Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith)

Elizabeth Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847

an unknown artist, William Griffith
Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Pamela Glasson 2012
Collected by Leila Haigh (nee Rouse)

A Politician.
A Politician.
A Politician.

A Politician. "He is a Terror to Dummies' [Sir William Foster Stawell, Chief Justice of Victoria], 1873

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers
Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers
Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers

Buckley discovering himself to the early settlers, 1869

S Calvert, Gibbs, Shallard and Co. after O.R. Campbell
Portrait, colour wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Captain W Kinghorne
Captain W Kinghorne
Captain W Kinghorne

Captain W Kinghorne, 1834

Thomas James Lempriere
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Portrait of Mr W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia
Portrait of Mr W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia
Portrait of Mr W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia

Portrait of Mr W.M. Hughes, Prime Minister of Australia, 1916

J.H. Barratt & Co. Ltd, Stoke-on-Trent
Portrait, photographic image on glazed ceramic tile

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ian Ross 2001

The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne
The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne

The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Melbourne, 1839

Charles Turner after Sir George Hayter
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks, 1811

William Daniell after George Dance
Portrait, soft ground etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

"New South Wales" (Earl Beauchamp) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1899

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

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

Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood
Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood
Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood

Field Marshal the Lord Birdwood, 1938

Barbara Tribe
Portrait, cast plaster, patinated

Gift of the Estate of the late Barbara Tribe 2009

Lieutenant King
Lieutenant King
Lieutenant King

Lieutenant King, 1789

J. Wright, William Skelton
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Alfred Stephen
Alfred Stephen
Alfred Stephen

Alfred Stephen, 1885

William Macleod after Newman
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Professor David of Antarctic Expedition
Professor David of Antarctic Expedition
Professor David of Antarctic Expedition

Professor David of Antarctic Expedition, c. 1910

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Alexander Dalrymple
Alexander Dalrymple
Alexander Dalrymple

Alexander Dalrymple, 1809

George Dance, William Daniell
Portrait, soft ground etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2012

D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell)
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell)
D.A.S. Campbell (David Alexander Stewart Campbell)

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

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Mary Newlinds and Sheena Simpson in memory of their father, D.A.S. Campbell, 2014

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

Reverend William Bedford junior, c. 1846

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright
Portrait, watercolour on paper

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

William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree)
William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree)
William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree)

William Clark Haines, Premier of Victoria (Plate 12 of Sun Pictures of Victoria by Antoine Fauchery and Richard Daintree), 1857-1858

Antoine Fauchery, Richard Daintree
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on laid on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE

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

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

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

William Lamb, Baron Melbourne, 1832

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

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

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

TW Edgeworth David and Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1924

Annie May Moore
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

General Birdwood, the Idol of Anzac, taking a dip in the sea after a hard days work 1915

In the thick of it

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Projecting the splendour of the empire, and the resolve of its subjects, the bust of William Birdwood keeps a stiff upper lip in the National Portrait Gallery.

Charles Summers

The importance of being bearded

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2012

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

The Right Honourable Viscount Keppel, Admiral of the White Squadron
The Right Honourable Viscount Keppel, Admiral of the White Squadron
The Right Honourable Viscount Keppel, Admiral of the White Squadron

The Right Honourable Viscount Keppel, Admiral of the White Squadron, 1802

George Romney, William Ridley, Bunney & Gold
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania
Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania
Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania

Aborigines, the last of the race, Tasmania, c. 1866

Henry Frith
Portrait, albumen silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks
Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks, 1810

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

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

His Royal Highness Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester (Governor General of Australia)
His Royal Highness Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester (Governor General of Australia)
His Royal Highness Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester (Governor General of Australia)

His Royal Highness Prince Henry William Frederick Albert, Duke of Gloucester (Governor General of Australia), 1943-1944

Charles Wheeler
Portrait, coloured chalk with black ink highlight on artist board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

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

The Burke and Wills Monument, 1869

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Sir Charles Lloyd Jones

Home and away

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sir William Dobell painted the portraits of Sir Charles Lloyd Jones and Sir Hudson Fysh, who did much to promote the image of Australia in this country and abroad.

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats

South-bound and down

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour recounts the story of ill-fated sea voyages in the early stages of the Antipodean colony.

Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook
Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook, 1837

Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Fisher, Son & Co London
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

The Death of Captain Cook
The Death of Captain Cook
The Death of Captain Cook

The Death of Captain Cook, 1784

Francesco Bartolozzi, William Byrne after John Webber
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Sir Clive McPherson
Sir Clive McPherson
Sir Clive McPherson

Sir Clive McPherson, early 1950s

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Governor Sir Robert Duff with Lady Duff, Lord Hopetoun and Vice-Regal Party
Governor Sir Robert Duff with Lady Duff, Lord Hopetoun and Vice-Regal Party
Governor Sir Robert Duff with Lady Duff, Lord Hopetoun and Vice-Regal Party

Governor Sir Robert Duff with Lady Duff, Lord Hopetoun and Vice-Regal Party, 1893

Kerry & Co
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney
Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney
Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney

Patrick Moran, Bishop of Sydney, c. 1886

H.B. Hall's Sons, Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co after William Macleod
Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital
Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital

Captain James Cook from the original in the Naval Gallery, Greenwich Hospital, c. 1837

Nathaniel Dance, William Holl, Peter Jackson, London & Paris
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

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

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

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

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

La Perouse
La Perouse
La Perouse

La Perouse, 1830s

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

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

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

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

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

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

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

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

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

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

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

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

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson

Martha Mary Robertson with her child William St Leonards Robertson, c. 1865

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, 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.

E. W. Knox
E. W. Knox
E. W. Knox

E. W. Knox, 1933

Lyndon Dadswell CMG
Portrait, cast plaster, painted

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Peter and Susan Dadswell 2015

The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP
The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP
The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP

The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn MP, c. 1850

Francis Holl after Henry William Pickersgill
Portrait, steel engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Theresa and James Laidley Mort
Theresa and James Laidley Mort
Theresa and James Laidley Mort

Theresa and James Laidley Mort, 1844

William Nicholas
Portrait, watercolour and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Mort family 2009

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Captain Sir John Franklin
Captain Sir John Franklin
Captain Sir John Franklin

Captain Sir John Franklin, 1830

William Derby, John Thomson
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

Lister Lister
Lister Lister
Lister Lister

Lister Lister, n.d.

Crown Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Sir William Charles Windeyer

Private virtues public lives

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Family affections are preserved in a fine selection of intimate portraits.

Self portrait

Elegance in exile

Portrait drawings from colonial Australia
Previous exhibition, 2012

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

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

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, engraving on paper (2 sheets)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

MacKenzie family silhouette
MacKenzie family silhouette
MacKenzie family silhouette

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846

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

Gift of the Estate of Nancy Wiseman 2007

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

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

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Albert Namatjira

Sir William Dargie

A Ninetieth Birthday Tribute
Previous exhibition, 2002

As a tribute to Sir William Dargie's singular contribution to Australian art and cultural institutions, and on the occasion of his birthday, The Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery will mount exhibitions of his work between May and October

William Dobell

A Tribute to William Dobell

Previous exhibition, 1999

Adapted from A Tribute to William Dobell an exhibition presented by the Australian National University's Drill Hall Gallery in association with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, The National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. Dobell is of course, celebrated for his achievements in portraiture, winning the Archibald prize (1943, 1948 and 1959), the Wynne Prize (1948), and representing Australia at the 1954 Venice Biennale. Curator Mary Eagle concludes her essay in the catalogue of the exhibition thus, "Overall I see a dissonance in Dobell’s art and life

Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith)
Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith)
Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith)

Richard Rouse (copy of drawing by William Griffith), c. 1847

an unknown artist
Portrait, pencil, ink and watercolour on paper

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

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson

A charming prospect

Nearest & Dearest

Family fortunes

Portrait 29

September - November 2008
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine includes William Bligh, Lionel Rose, Richard Larter, Layne Beachley, William Yang and more.

William Beckwith McInnes
William Beckwith McInnes
William Beckwith McInnes

William Beckwith McInnes, n.d.

Gordon Furlee Brown
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

William Bligh

Image downloads

William Bligh
Welcome home, Captain Bligh

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Album of portraits of family of William Taylor Macpherson
Album of portraits of family of William Taylor Macpherson
Album of portraits of family of William Taylor Macpherson

Album of portraits of family of William Taylor Macpherson, c. 1880

George S Bryant & Co, Boston
Portrait, 39 tintype photographs in an album

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

Miss Elizabeth Roberts
Miss Elizabeth Roberts
Miss Elizabeth Roberts

Miss Elizabeth Roberts, 1830

Richard Read Jnr
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

William Barak at work on the drawing ‘Ceremony’ at Coranderrk

The Reflecting Eye

Portraits of Australian Visual Artists
Touring exhibition, 1996

As the first National Portrait Gallery travelling exhibition, The reflecting eye: portraits of Australian visual artists represents an important milestone in the history of Australia's National Portrait Gallery.

Elizabeth Walford
Elizabeth Walford
Elizabeth Walford

Elizabeth Walford, c. 1873

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on photographic image on paper on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac
Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac

Marianne Egan and her children Gertrude Evans Cahuac and Henry William Cahuac, 1857

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2014

Portrait 46

Spring/Summer 2013
Magazine

This issue features Richard Avedon, Tracey Moffatt, Indigenous portraiture, William Kentridge, roller derby and more.

Portrait 27

March - May 2008
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine feature Lucian Frued, John Witzig, colonial death portraits, William Kinghorne, Henry Crock, and more.

Portrait 9

September - November 2003
Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features Deborah Mailman, the Presence and Absence exhibition of portrait sculpture, Sir William Dargie and more.

Portrait 32

June - August 2009
Magazine

This issue features Vanity Fair, Nancy Bird Walton, William Barak, Sidney Kidman, Benjamin Duterrau's portraits of the Indigenous peoples of Tasmania, and more.

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

Leura Dowling
Leura Dowling
Leura Dowling

Leura Dowling, c. 1861

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

Maria Jane Dowling
Maria Jane Dowling
Maria Jane Dowling

Maria Jane Dowling, c. 1862

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype

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

Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson, c. 1863

Batchelder & O'Neill
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

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

The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874

John Hubert Newman
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

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

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

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

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

Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield
Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield
Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield

Full-size preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield, 2001

Brent Harris
Portrait, gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Angela Nevill, Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, in memory of William Keating 2001

Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No. 2
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No. 2
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No. 2

Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No. 2, 2001

Brent Harris
Portrait, coloured pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Angela Nevill, Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, in memory of William Keating 2001

Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1
Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1

Preparatory study for the portrait of Leo Schofield No.1, 2001

Brent Harris
Portrait, coloured pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Angela Nevill, Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, in memory of William Keating 2001

William Bligh

Welcome home, Captain Bligh

27 March 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery will, next Tuesday, unveil an exciting new acquisition of irrefutable importance to all Australians. Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c. 1776, attributed to John Webber, is one of the earliest portraits of the contentious, historical figure, and extends the Gallery’s remarkable collection of early colonial portraits.

Lillie Langtry
Lillie Langtry
Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885

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

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

Graham Sylvester's crowd, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1983 William Yang

From riot to revelry

Nearest & Dearest

Pride, protest, panache

Martha Mary Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson
Martha Mary Robertson

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866

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

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

Jessie Whyte
Jessie Whyte
Jessie Whyte

Jessie Whyte, c. 1840

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon)
Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon)
Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon)

Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon), 1999

Esther Erlich
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Gift of an anonymous donor 2014

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, c. 1840

an unknown artist
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

My Favourite Australian

My Favourite Australian

Previous exhibition, 2008

My Favourite Australian is a project developed in collaboration with ABC TV and the people of Australia.

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett
Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett

Dr. Arthur Martin a'Beckett, 1845

Charles Abraham
Portrait, cast plaster

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney

Heads of the People

A Portrait of Colonial Australia
Previous exhibition, 2000

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

Master Molteno
Master Molteno
Master Molteno

Master Molteno, c. 1866

Townsend Duryea
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

The Popular Pet Show

Previous exhibition, 2016

This exhibition expresses the joy and warmth that many of us derive from our animal companions, and celebrates their trusting, unpretentious ways, with portraits of Australians and their furry, feathered and fluffy friends.

Portrait of Mrs Fairfax
Portrait of Mrs Fairfax
Portrait of Mrs Fairfax

Portrait of Mrs Fairfax, n.d.

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Martha Knox
Martha Knox
Martha Knox

Martha Knox, c. 1855

an unknown artist
Portrait, daguerreotype

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

Maria Windeyer
Maria Windeyer
Maria Windeyer

Maria Windeyer, c. 1865-1868

Freeman Brothers after Edwin Dalton
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite on brown paper studio folder

Gift of J.B. Windeyer 2018

Gustavus Brooke
Gustavus Brooke
Gustavus Brooke

Gustavus Brooke, c. 1865

Burman and Son
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

William Bligh

Old Blighty

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2016

Angus Trumble ponders the many faces of William Bligh.

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

Charles Joseph La Trobe, 1853

Thomas Woolner
Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

Purchased 2006

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Upcoming exhibition

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

Self portrait

Who are you

Australian portraiture
Upcoming exhibition

Featuring more than two-hundred works by Australian artists, the exhibition explores our inner worlds and outer selves, as well as issues of sociability, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and ordinariness.

Minnie Walton
Minnie Walton
Minnie Walton

Minnie Walton, c. 1874

Fradelle & Marshall
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979–1980

White Whiteley

The portrait of Patrick White by Brett Whiteley
Previous exhibition, 2012

Eleven works by Brett Whiteley, centred around his scintillating 'Patrick White at Centennial Park 1979-1980'.

Mel Gibson

POL

Portrait of a Generation
Previous exhibition, 2003

POL was a magazine that ran from 1969 to 1986

Portrait of Georges Mora
Portrait of Georges Mora
Portrait of Georges Mora

Portrait of Georges Mora, 1956

Charles Blackman OBE
Portrait, oil on paper laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Kaloti Parmjit, 2012 by Louise Whelan

Louise Whelan

Finalist interviews

I met Kaloti Parmjit the day I took the photo. I first visited the Sikh temple in the suburb of Glenwood to take photos as part of a social documentary project I'm undertaking for the State Library of NSW.

King Edward VII, 1910 by George Lambert

Of Kings and men

Celebrating 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection
Previous exhibition, 2011

This display celebrates 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection and its role in commissioning portraits of parliamentary and judicial figures in Australia.

Angus Trumble and David Hansen

National Portrait Gallery Director's tenure ends in triumph

30 November 2018
Archived media releases 2018

National Portrait Gallery Director Angus Trumble is ending his five-year tenure with a flourish, after announcing that Gallery publication Dempsey’s People: A Folio of British Street Portraits 1824-1844 has been awarded the 2018 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

George Reid paperweight
George Reid paperweight
George Reid paperweight

George Reid paperweight,

an unknown artist
Portrait, painted cast iron

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006

Makinti Napanangka, Kintore

Encounter at Kintore

Magazine article by Hari Ho, 2004

Photographer Hari Ho describes the creation of his portrait of Papunya Tula artist Makinti Napanangka.

Martha Kermode
Martha Kermode
Martha Kermode

Martha Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased 2008

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark

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.

William Johnson (1873—1948) by Percy Leason

Recognition

Percy Leason's Aboriginal Portraits
Previous exhibition, 1999

Originally conceived as an anthropological record, Percy Leason’s powerful 1934 portraits of Victorian Aboriginal people are today considered to be a highlight of 20th century Australian portraiture

Elizabeth Chong
Elizabeth Chong
Elizabeth Chong

Elizabeth Chong, 2000

Jaime Murcia
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Robert Kermode
Robert Kermode
Robert Kermode

Robert Kermode, c. 1840

Henry Mundy
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

The Lambert

The Lambert

Beards

Barbering manuals of the turn of the century might describe this style as a ‘Van Dyck’, named after the Dutch painter Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641) who is known to have adopted this look.

Inner Worlds

Portraits and Psychology
Previous exhibition, 2011

Portraits of Australia’s pioneering psychologists and artworks by artists fascinated by the subconscious mind.

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

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

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013

Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld
Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld
Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld

Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 2004

John Elliott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Professor Peter Doherty

Australia and the Nobel Prize

Previous exhibition, 2003

This unique exhibition will give an insight into the private lives, pursuits and work of all the Nobel laureates associated with Australia

Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson
Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson, c. 1852

an unknown artist
Portrait, ambrotype, 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

Christina Stead
Christina Stead
Christina Stead

Christina Stead, 1981

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

The Demon Bowler
The Demon Bowler
The Demon Bowler

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

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

All together now, 2012 video: 9 minutes

All together now, 2012

by Clare Thackway
General content

Finalist, iD2012

Mr John Eason
Mr John Eason
Mr John Eason

Mr John Eason, 1838

W. B. Gould
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by the Liangis family 2013

"The Lord Chamberlain" Earl of Hopetoun John Adrian Louis Hope (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1900

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mr Ronald Walker 2001

Paul Haefliger
Paul Haefliger
Paul Haefliger

Paul Haefliger, 1974

Judy Cassab AO CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Studio self-portrait, 2018 Vincent Namatjira OAM

Never let you go

Nearest & Dearest

Country, culture, connection

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Uncommon Australians

Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery
Previous exhibition, 1992

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

Sir John Young
Sir John Young
Sir John Young

Sir John Young, c. 1862

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen paper photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Wendy drunk 11pm, 1983 by Brett Whiteley

Idle Hours

Previous exhibition, 2009

Idle hours is an exhibition of luxurious beauty. Paintings, prints and drawings represent subjects in quiet moods and situations arranged according to the time of day they depict - reading, drawing, snoozing, bathing, sewing, gardening, sitting, looking, making love and spending tranquil time with companions. Works in the exhibition range from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

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

Presence and Absence

Portrait Sculpture in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2003

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

Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow
Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow
Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow

Sketch portrait of Sir Alex Onslow, 1896

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2006

Lucy Escott
Lucy Escott
Lucy Escott

Lucy Escott, early 1860s

Dalton's Royal Photographic Gallery
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite, hand-coloured on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Rudy Komon
Rudy Komon
Rudy Komon

Rudy Komon, c. 1970

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

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

R O'Hara Burke, c. 1861

De Gruchy & Leigh (lithographers)
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

Extraordinary airmen make aviation history

Passion

Charles is my wingman

Richard Windeyer
Richard Windeyer
Richard Windeyer

Richard Windeyer, c. 1828

Charles Richard Bone
Portrait, watercolour on ivory in a gold pendant with a lock of hair and gold thread

Gift of the Windeyer family 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

Who is Lillie Roberts?

Devotion

Talented wife for a talented husband

The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith)
The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith)
The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith)

The Surgeon (Dr Julian Smith), 1934

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek)

The choices of a modern woman

It's Complicated

When opposites attract

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

Robert O'Hara Burke, c. 1860

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

H Searle Professional Champion Sculler of the World (Henry Searle) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)
H Searle Professional Champion Sculler of the World (Henry Searle) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)
H Searle Professional Champion Sculler of the World (Henry Searle) (Image plate from Vanity Fair)

H Searle Professional Champion Sculler of the World (Henry Searle) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1889

Sir Leslie Ward
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Summer 1986

Petite beauty marries gentle giant

Passion

Books, beets and heat

"Men of the Day No.14 "A faithful friend, an eminent servant, and the best possible president" Sir Roderick Murchison" (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1870

Carlo Pellegrini
Portrait, chromolithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Thomas Pearce
Thomas Pearce
Thomas Pearce

Thomas Pearce, c. 1878

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

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris
Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris
Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris

Sauvages Des Montagnes-Bleues from de Freycinet, Louis - Voyage autour du monde, Paris, c. 1822

Alphonse Pellion, Forget
Portrait, engraving on paper

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

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.

Sir George Ferguson Bowen
Sir George Ferguson Bowen
Sir George Ferguson Bowen

Sir George Ferguson Bowen, c. 1873

Bardwell's Royal Studio
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

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

Announcing.... In their own words

24 November 2020
Archived media releases 2020

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Cook in context

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Robert Oatley's continuing benefaction has helped the National Portrait Gallery acquire works that add another layer to the story of Captain Cook.

Sarah Tuckfield
Sarah Tuckfield
Sarah Tuckfield

Sarah Tuckfield, c. 1854

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Francis Tuckfield
Francis Tuckfield
Francis Tuckfield

Francis Tuckfield, c. 1854

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Oui-re-kine
Oui-re-kine
Oui-re-kine

Oui-re-kine, 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Richard Tognetti #1510
Richard Tognetti #1510
Richard Tognetti #1510

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018

Louise Hearman
Portrait, oil and ink on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

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Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002)

Roger Scott
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Henry Squires
Henry Squires
Henry Squires

Henry Squires, early 1860s

Dalton's Royal Photographic Gallery
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite, hand-coloured on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Alexander MacLeay
Alexander MacLeay
Alexander MacLeay

Alexander MacLeay, c. 1845

Sir Thomas Lawrence, Charles Fox
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day
The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day
The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day

The Lawn at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, c. 1889

Carl Kahler, Goupil & Cie
Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Lady Knox
Lady Knox
Lady Knox

Lady Knox, c. 1927-1929

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Mrs Caroline Philippa Parker 2005. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley, 1995

Adam Knott
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of The Hammond Care Group 1999

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, between 1951 and 1953

Janet Dawson
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Gift of the artist 2000

Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal
Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal
Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal

Ourou-Maré, dit Bull-Dog par les Anglais, Jeune Guerrier de la Tribu des Gwé-Gal, 1807-1817

Nicolas-Martin Petit
Portrait, engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Husbands and Wives

Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia
Previous exhibition, 2010

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

Woman and child, 2010 by Sam Jinks

Transience

More about In the flesh

These paintings by Juan Ford and sculptures by Sam Jinks evoke the impermanence of human life.

Hilary McPhee
Hilary McPhee
Hilary McPhee

Hilary McPhee, 2015

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased with funds provided by Wayne Williams 2015

John Hamilton
John Hamilton
John Hamilton

John Hamilton, 1969

Meg Padgham
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Hamilton 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, 1965

Jean Appleton
Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Nicolaas Van Der Waarden 2013

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

Portrait of Dr John Hawkesworth, c. 1770

unknown artist after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney
Lord Viscount Sydney

Lord Viscount Sydney, c. 1790

Gilbert Stuart, John Young
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

The Australian exploring expedition travelling through scrub (from the Illustrated London News 1879)
The Australian exploring expedition travelling through scrub (from the Illustrated London News 1879)
The Australian exploring expedition travelling through scrub (from the Illustrated London News 1879)

The Australian exploring expedition travelling through scrub (from the Illustrated London News 1879), 1876

Jesse Young
Portrait, wood engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Jane Windeyer
Jane Windeyer
Jane Windeyer

Jane Windeyer, n.d.

Madame Praeger
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Windeyer family 2012

Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer

Mary Windeyer, c. 1891

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on studio mount

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of J.B. Windeyer 2018

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

Jasperware medallion of Captain James Cook, 1779

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

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

Peter Elliott
Peter Elliott
Peter Elliott

Peter Elliott, 1964

Jon Molvig
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of Richard Elliott 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Elaine Haxton
Elaine Haxton
Elaine Haxton

Elaine Haxton, c. 1940s

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Mirka by Mirka
Mirka by Mirka
Mirka by Mirka

Mirka by Mirka, 2000

Mirka Mora
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by The Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2021

Isabella Louisa Parry
Isabella Louisa Parry
Isabella Louisa Parry

Isabella Louisa Parry, c. 1826

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour on ivory

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Yango Mungo ye Yango of Bathurst's Plains
Yango Mungo ye Yango of Bathurst's Plains
Yango Mungo ye Yango of Bathurst's Plains

Yango Mungo ye Yango of Bathurst's Plains, 1824

John Lewin, Moses Griffith
Portrait, copper engraving, hand-coloured on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley
Margaret Olley

Margaret Olley, 1998

Lewis Morley
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Dame Joan Sutherland
Dame Joan Sutherland
Dame Joan Sutherland

Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977

Robert Hannaford AM
Portrait, oil on board

Gift of William Bowmore AO OBE 2003. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager
Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager

Chang the Chinese giant in European dress with Chinese boy and three European men, one of whom is his manager, c. 1871

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Self portrait with glove

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia
Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

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

Catholic clergymen from the Diocese of Adelaide, c. 1862

Stephen Edward Nixon
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Purchased 2018

Bob Hawke

Primed

Some Prime Ministers
Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket
Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket
Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket

Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973

Frank Hinder
Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

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

Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer
Mary Windeyer

Mary Windeyer, 1850s

an unknown artist
Portrait, watercolour and gouache on ivory

Gift of the Windeyer family 2009. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Basil Hetzel
Basil Hetzel
Basil Hetzel

Basil Hetzel, 2007-2008

Mark Kimber
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Mrs Diana Ramsay AO 2008

The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot)

Reveries

Photography and mortality
Previous exhibition, 2007

Featuring works by Australian and New Zealand photographers from the late 1970s up to the present day Reveries focuses on images made in the presence of or consciousness of death.

Joseph Dalton Hooker
Joseph Dalton Hooker
Joseph Dalton Hooker

Joseph Dalton Hooker, c. 1880s

an unknown artist
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Captain Cook

'The photojournalists of their time'
Portrait story

An exploration of the role of artists such as John Webber who, whilst a member of Cook’s crew over many voyages, created paintings and drawings of the situations and people the explorers encountered.

Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles

Sir George Coles, 1935

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Ben Chifley
Ben Chifley
Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley, n.d.

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Barry Humphries

Clifton Pugh

Australians
Previous exhibition, 2005

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

Hugo at home (Hugo Weaving)

Nicholas Harding

28 Portraits
Previous exhibition, 2017

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

Julian Ashton Life Class
Julian Ashton Life Class
Julian Ashton Life Class

Julian Ashton Life Class, 1920

Harold Cazneaux
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats
Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats

Part of the crew of His Majesty's Ship Guardian endeavouring to escape in the boats, 1790

Robert Dodd
Portrait, aquatint on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou
Portrait of Captain Edward Riou

Portrait of Captain Edward Riou, 1801

Samuel Shelley, James Heath
Portrait, stipple engraving on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Ned Kelly death mask

Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait
Previous exhibition, 2015

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

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Announcing Shakespeare to Winehouse

24 November 2021
Media

More than eighty treasures from the National Portrait Gallery London will travel to Canberra for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from March 2022.

Leo Schofield
Leo Schofield
Leo Schofield

Leo Schofield, 2001

Brent Harris
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Angela Nevill, Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, in memory of William Keating 2001

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

2014-15 Supporters

Annual Appeal 2020

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

Florence Austral

Pretty in peach

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008
It's remarkable that the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond has produced two of Australia's most successful opera singers. Three decades apart, but within a short distance of each other, both Helen Porter Mitchell and Florence Wilson were born.
L. Ian Roach
L. Ian Roach
L. Ian Roach

L. Ian Roach, 1994

Paul Fitzgerald
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Australian Securities Exchange 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Richard Tognetti
Richard Tognetti
Richard Tognetti

Richard Tognetti, n.d.

Stuart Campbell
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Margaret Fulton

Masters of Fare

Chefs, winemakers, providores
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria, 1901

The Illustrated London News after Jean Joseph Benjamin-Constant
Portrait, photogravure on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Elle Macpherson

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

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

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm

The Wonder Years

Magazine article by Sarah Hill, 2001

Sarah Hill introduces the portrait busts of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm by Enid Fleming.

Prince William of Wales, by Mario Testino, 2003 publ. September 2003.
Credit: Mario Testino

Vanity Fair Portraits

Photographs 1913-2008
Previous exhibition, 2009

Vanity Fair Portraits traces the birth and evolution of photographic portraiture through the archives of Vanity Fair magazine.

Francis Russell Nixon
Francis Russell Nixon
Francis Russell Nixon

Francis Russell Nixon, c. 1845-1855

George Richmond
Portrait, copperplate engraving on buff paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

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

Lloyd Rees at the Rock in 1975, 1984

Roderick Shaw
Portrait, oil and oil pastel on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Sir Frank Packer KBE

Judy Cassab

The artist's diary
Previous exhibition, 2013

The artist's diary profiles six decades of Cassab's work, from the early portrait commissions of the 1950s to later paintings that have helped confirm her eminent place in the canon of Australian portraiture.

Paul Kelly

Face the Music

Previous exhibition, 2005

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

Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix
Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix

Study of Archbishop Daniel Mannix, 1962

Clifton Pugh
Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Johnny O'Keefe

Making Portraits

Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions
Previous exhibition, 2004

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

Andy Thomas

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Previous exhibition, 2015

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

Trukanini
Trukanini
Trukanini

Trukanini, 1866 (printed 1890s)

Charles Woolley
Portrait, glass plate negative

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Allanah Dopson & Nicholas Heyward 2009

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

A gift for all ages

Magazine article by Rod Kemp, 2003

The then Minister for the Arts and Sport, Rod Kemp, reflects on the value of the Cultural Gifts Program.

Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF
Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF
Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF

Right Rev Dr Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil OSF, c. 1872

Bardwell's Royal Studio
Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Portrait of a Lady (Sonia McMahon)

Desperately seeking Sonia

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2015

Esther Erlich’s portrait of Lady McMahon.

Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. The Duke of Cornwall and York, May 9, 1901, 1903 by Tom Roberts

Empire records

Magazine article by Kylie Scroope, 2011

Celebrates the centenary of the first national art collection, the Historic Memorials Collection, housed at Australia's Parliament House.

Dora Byrne
Dora Byrne
Dora Byrne

Dora Byrne, 1951

Richard von Marientreu
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Leslie Walford AM 2013

Ladki number 1, 2001 by Hema Upadhyay

Hema Upadhyay

by Amrita Gupta Singh
Artist essays

Hema Upadhyay was born in Baroda in 1972 and moved to in Mumbai in 1998. Incorporating painting, installation, sculpture and printmaking, Upadhyay’s work often addresses issues related to migration, especially the experiences of those living in urban communities.

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

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst, 1968

Joshua Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007

Barry Humphries

Talking heads

About Face article

In their own words lead researcher Louise Maher on the novel project that lets the Gallery’s portraits speak for themselves.

James Macpherson Grant
James Macpherson Grant
James Macpherson Grant

James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

Jessie Robertson
Jessie Robertson
Jessie Robertson

Jessie Robertson, c. 1849

Thomas Bock
Portrait, pencil, chalk and gouache on paper

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

Ellen Stirling
Ellen Stirling
Ellen Stirling

Ellen Stirling, c. 1828

Thomas Phillips
Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Julia Matthews
Julia Matthews
Julia Matthews

Julia Matthews, c. 1862

Davies & Co
Portrait, albumen silver photograph carte de visite on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

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

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

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

Purchased with funds provided by Ross A Field 2007

Richard Fitzgerald
Richard Fitzgerald
Richard Fitzgerald

Richard Fitzgerald, c. 1838

Edmund Edgar
Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift in memory of Richard Kelynack Evans 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Billie, 2016 by Graeme Drendel

Pets of all types take over the National Portrait Gallery

3 November 2016
Archived media releases 2016

It is not every day that a national gallery turns its walls over to the animal companions that bring unconditional love and joy to their owners but this summer we have opened the doors to 15 contemporary artists with very different ways of depicting our furry, feathered and scaled pets.

A Goldfields Member

Showing character

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2016

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

Dr Peter Farrell

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

Reverend Daniel Draper
Reverend Daniel Draper
Reverend Daniel Draper

Reverend Daniel Draper, c. 1866

Fredrick Charles Burman
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Georg von Neumayer
Georg von Neumayer
Georg von Neumayer

Georg von Neumayer, c. 1860

Johnstone & Co
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

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

Abraham Lincoln, 1865

Washington preview

Magazine article by Lauretta Morton, 2005

Ron Ramsey, former Director of Cultural Relations at the Embassy of Australia interviewed NPG Washington Director, Marc Pachter, about their building renovations.

Archbishop James Goold
Archbishop James Goold
Archbishop James Goold

Archbishop James Goold, c. 1870

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Edward Paine Butler

Poison pen

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2010

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

Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies
Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies

Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, c. 1962

Victor Greenhalgh
Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Bunting in honour of Sir John Bunting and the Menzies Foundation 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

James Oswald Fairfax

The Fairfax Gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This article examines the portraits gifted to the National Portrait Gallery by Fairfax Holdings in 2003.

Portrait of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

The spirit of the gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers celebrates the support given to the Gallery by Gordon and Marilyn Darling.

George Barrington, c.1785

Celebrity cutpurse

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2010

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

Moonboy, 2010

Observation point

Magazine article by Tim Storrier, 2013

Tim Storrier describes the influences on the development of his artistic style.

Richard Tognetti #1510

Richard Tognetti #1510, 2018

by Louise Hearman
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Peter Weiss AO 2018

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

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

Archibald McDonald
Portrait, albumen photograph carte de visite

Purchased 2010

John Coburn

101 photographic portraits

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Pat Corrigan's generous gift of 100 photographic portraits by Greg Weight.

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr

Nicholas Paspaley Jnr, 2018

by Andrew Bonneau
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Ross Adler AC 2018

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

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

Peter, Silverton, NSW, 2012 by Krystal Seigerman

Krystal Seigerman

Finalist interviews

The photograph was a brief, candid moment, which unfolded into a portrait. Peter and I were in Silverton, NSW, chatting as our students explored the town. The weak afternoon light suddenly became dramatic and defined, so I asked Peter if I could take his portrait.

Francis Russell Nixon

Sketches and sermons

Magazine article by Jessica Smith, 2009

Jessica Smith looks at the 'fetching' portrait of Tasmania's first Anglican Bishop, Francis Russell Nixon by George Richmond

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.

Quentin Bryce

In bloom

Magazine article by Susi Muddiman, 2017

Susi Muddiman delights in Michael Zavros’ stunning portrait of the honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.

Nose, 2008–10 by William Kentridge

A nose by any other name

Magazine article by Jane Kinsman, 2013

In the exhibition William Kentridge: Drawn from Africa at the National Gallery of Australia, the artist marries Gogol's Tsarist Russia, with that of Stalin and the damaging history of his homeland, South Africa.

Brown form with stripes, 1961

Figurative foundation

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and art of the Australian artist Janet Dawson.

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.

Mirka Mora

It's a Mora!

Magazine article by Tedi Bills, 2016

Select extracts from Mirka Mora's autobiography, Wicked but Virtuous, provide rich accompaniment to recent Gallery acquisitions.  

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

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

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Annual Appeal

Listed by year
Honour board
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.

Mr John Eason

The shipwright's arms

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

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

Portrait of Thea Proctor, 1905 by George Lambert

The real Thea

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Long after the portraitist became indifferent to her, and died, a beguiling portrait hung over its subject.

Self portrait with gladioli

Courage, Self-analysis and Skill

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2002

The story behind George Lambert's Self-portrait with Gladioli.

Karl Robert, Count Nesselrode, 1818 by Sir Thomas Lawrence

The Lawrence lustre

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2019

Angus Trumble salutes the glorious portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence.

The 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.

Lady Jane Grey, c.1590-1600 (also known as The ‘Streatham’ portrait) Artist unknown

The Royal she

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2019

Traversing paint and pixels, Inga Walton examines portraits of select women in Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits.

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.

Portrait of Lady Eyre Williams (Jessie Gibbon)

Chance encounter

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of one of Melbourne's early socialites, Jessie Eyre Williams.

Ann Moyal

The elegant thinker

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2020

Sarah Engledow pens a fond farewell to acclaimed science historian Ann Moyal.

Self portrait

A guy from Paris

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2018

Sarah Engledow on a foundational gallery figure who was quick on the draw.

Self portrait

Fine and dandy

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

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

Benny (42nd Street Series), 1979–80 by Larry Clark

City boys

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2016

Christopher Chapman immerses himself in Larry Clark’s field of vision.

Study for Aunty Mary King, 2010 by Mathew Lynn

The animating signature

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmore delights in the affecting drawings of Mathew Lynn.

Rev. Victor B. Walls and Mrs. Walls, Trinidad, B.W.I., c.1930

The first nurse

Magazine article by Tamsin Hong, 2016

Tamsin Hong recounts the tale of Marion Smith, the only known Australian Indigenous servicewoman of World War One.

Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia, 1852, 1887 by William Strutt

Strutt your stuff

Magazine article by Matthew Jones, 2016

Matthew Jones on the upshot of a St Kilda Road outrage.

Captain James Cook

Rethinking foundational histories

Magazine article by Kate Fullagar, 2019

A focus on Indigenous-European relationships underpins Facing New Worlds. By Kate Fullagar.

Margot Rhys, 1935 by Athol Shmith

Progressive pictures

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2017

Athol Shmith’s photographs contributed to the emergence of a new vision of Australian womanhood.

Self portrait with gladioli

Facing Facts

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Former NPG Director, Andrew Sayers describes the 1922 Self-portrait with Gladioli by George Lambert.

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

The alchemist’s profile

Magazine article by John Zubrzycki, 2017

John Zubrzycki meets Australian paint pioneer Jim Cobb.

Portrait bust of Dr Christine Rivett

In the round

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2009

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

Self Portrait, 1963–64

What price self?

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2013

Jane Raffan investigates auction sales of self portraits nationally and internationally.

Ma Khin Mar Mar Kyi

My Favourite Australian

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2009

The Australian public was invited in 2008 to vote for their favourite Australian.  After the votes were tallied an exhibition of the top-ten Popular Australians and the top-twenty unsung heroes was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.

Portfolio of 54 portraits compiled by Queen Victoria, 1859–1861 by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, Camille Silvy, Frances Day and William Bambridge

Queen of cartes

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour discusses the role of the carte de visite in portraiture’s democratisation, and its harnessing by Victoria, the world’s first media monarch.

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

Sir Thomas Gore-Browne, 1864

J. Walch & Sons
Portrait, tinted lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Sappho, 1865

Mrs Cameron and the V&A

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

In March 2003 Magda Keaney travelled to London to join the photography section of the Victoria & Albert Museum for three months.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Confessional conversations

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

Fiona Gruber investigates the work of Australian painter Kristin Headlam.

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

Great Scots

Magazine article by Diana O'Neil, 2017

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

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.

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.

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz

Where the wild things are

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Michael Desmond explores the complex portrait of Dr Bob Brown by Harold 'The Kangaroo' Thornton.

Barbara Blackman

Life class

Magazine article by Leonie Hellmers, 2004

Barbara Blackman reflects on her experiences as a life model.

The Rajah quilt, 1841 by Kezia Hayter

Material culture

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2018

The Rajah Quilt’s narrative promptings are as intriguing as the textile is intricate.

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Portrait of Dr Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster

To the end of the earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

The portrait of Dr. Johann Reinhold Forster and his son George Forster from 1780, is one of the oldest in the NPG's collection.

National Portrait Gallery

History

About us

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

Lowitja O'Donoghue

Anatomist's eye

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2016

Robert Hannaford has completed around 400 portraits over the span of his career. 

Rupert Murdoch

Corporate Characters

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

A collection of thirty-seven caricatures by the artist Joe Greenberg capture the heroes and villians of Australian business in the 1980s.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Leunig

The Philosophy of Teapots and Ducks

Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

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

Self portrait

Expect the unexpected

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour revels in accidental artist Charles Rodius’ nineteenth century renderings of Indigenous peoples.

Charlie as he was, 2007

I'm not there

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008
Christopher Chapman looks at some contemporary portraits that explore the construction of identity.
Last Light Ellis Hutch

Reflections

General content

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

Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington

Peripheral vision

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2020

Aimee Board chats to emerging photographer Charles Dennington.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Self portrait

The Dissecting Room

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

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

[Self-portrait], 1996

Reveries

Magazine article by Helen Ennis, 2007

The exhibition Reveries: Photography and mortality is a powerful display which brings together images that depict the last phase of people's lives.

Portrait of Florence Broadhurst

Be bold

Magazine article by Katherine Russell, 2007

The name of Florence Broadhurst, one of Australia’s most significant wallpaper and textile designers, is now firmly cemented in the canon of Australian art and design.

Kate Hattam

Melbourne experience

Magazine article by Diana Warnes, 2007

Diana Warnes explores the lives of Hal and Katherine 'Kate' Hattam through their portraits painted by Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh.

In the Lounge, 2006 by North Sullivan

Seduce, Amuse, Entertain

NPPP 2007 exhibition essay
General content

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

The hunting lodge, 2007

Seduce Amuse Entertain

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

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

George Reid paperweight

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

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.

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.

Viscount Robert Lowe (Image plate from Vanity Fair Magazine)

Meeting by Murder

Magazine article by Yvonne Audette AM, 2005

The story behind two colonial portraits; a lithograph of captain and convict John Knatchbull and newspaper illustration of Robert Lowe, Viscount Sherbrooke.

Mural of Italian/Roman actress Anna Magnani (1908­–1973) with face mask, April 2020 Unknown artist

Of plague and portraits

About Face article

Corinna Cullen on the symbolic power of pandemic-related imagery over the ages.

Madame du Barry, 1791 by Richard Cosway

Little women

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2019

Joanna Gilmour looks beyond the ivory face of select portrait miniatures to reveal their sitters’ true grit.

Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong)

An actress and her fans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008

Dr. Sarah Engledow discovers the amazing life of Ms. Hilda Spong, little remembered star of the stage, who was captured in a portrait by Tom Roberts.

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.

Charles Haddon Chambers

Suave

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Charles Haddon Chambers the Australian-born playboy playwright settled permanently in London in 1880 but never lost his Australian stance when satirising the English.

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.

Osher, 2018 by Stephen Baccon

Snap chat

Magazine article by Anne O'Hehir, 2019

2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize judge Anne O’Hehir looks beneath the surface of this year’s entries.

David Marr, 2011 by Nicholas Harding

Through thick and thin

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2017

Sarah Engledow likes the manifold mediums of Nicholas Harding’s portraiture.

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.

A surface against which we can move, 2014 by Sam Leach

No small wonder

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Joanna Gilmour describes how artist Sam Leach works on a small scale to grand effect.

Marian Anderson, contralto, New York, June 30, 1955 Richard Avedon

The right note

Magazine article by Leslie Ureña, 2020

Marian Anderson’s glorious voice thrust her into stardom, and a more reluctant role as American civil rights pioneer.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Tiny Trace of a Colonial Giant

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2004

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

Bee Miles

Good, bad and the ugly

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2007

Michael Desmond explores what makes a portrait subject significant.

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.

Christian Waller with Baldur, Undine and Siren at Fairy Hills, 1932 by Napier Waller

Enigma

Magazine article by Grace Carroll, 2015

Grace Carroll contemplates the curious case of Christian Waller.

Pierre de Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Marquis de Vaudreuil, ca.1753-55

Canadian identities

Magazine article by Lilly Koltun, 2004

An exploration of national identity in the Canadian context drawn from the symposium Face to Face at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2004.

Miles from nowhere, 2008 (printed 2014) from the Games of consequence series 2008 Polixeni Papapetrou

Mother’s muse

Magazine article by Inga Walton, 2020

Inga Walton traces the poignant path of photographer Polixeni Papapetrou, revealed in the NGV’s summer retrospective.

The Window Seat, 1907 by Frances Hodgkins

Kiwi magpie

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2018

Penelope Grist finds inspiration in pioneering New Zealand artist, Frances Hodgkins.

Thua Tich, South Vietnam, 1969-06 by Christopher Bellis

The jungle look

Magazine article by David Gist, 2019

David Gist steps beyond the public relations veneer of Australia’s official Vietnam War portrait photographs.

Chang the Chinese giant and party

The portrait writ large

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2015

Karen Vickery on Chang the Chinese giant in Australia.

Geoffrey Graham

The mind's eye

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2017

Christopher Chapman takes a trip through the doors of perception, arriving at the junction of surrealism and psychoanalysis.

Portrait of Captain James Cook RN

Unbuttoning uniforms

Magazine article by Sharon Peoples, 2017

Sharon Peoples contemplates costumes and the construction of identity.

Self portrait

In good company

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2015

Jean Appleton’s 1965 self portrait makes a fine addition to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection writes Joanna Gilmour.

John Monash

Lauded legacy

Magazine article by Karl James, 2015

Karl James gives short shrift to doubts about the profile of General Sir John Monash.

My father-in-law watering his garden, 1986 by Davida Allen

Lovingly observed

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Sarah Engledow previews the beguiling summer exhibition, Idle hours.

Sir Joseph Banks

In a good paddock

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

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

Basil steps out, 2016 by Kristin Headlam
Courtesy the artist and Charles Nodrum Gallery

Kristin Headlam

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Basil grew into a speckled beauty – a long-legged leaper and an exceptionally vocal dog, with a great register of sounds, ascending in shock value from a whimper to a growl to a bark to a yelp that’s a violation of the ears.

Ned Kelly death mask

Getting a head

Magazine article by Alexandra Roginski, 2015

Alexandra Roginski gets a feel for phrenology’s fundamentals.

Eileen Dunne in The Hospital for Sick Children, 1940

The incomparable Beaton

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

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

A woman of New South Wales, c. 1840

More cash than dash

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2011

Joanna Gilmour describes how colonial portraitists found the perfect market among social status seeking Sydneysiders.

Sir Lawrence Wackett

Starry knight

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2010

Aircraft designer, pilot and entrepreneur, Sir Lawrence Wackett rejoins friends and colleagues on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery.

Barry Humphries

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
General content

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

Mick Jagger, Madonna and Tony Curtis, 1997

The Vanity model

Magazine article by David Friend, 2009

Vanity Fair Editor David Friend describes how the rebirth of the magazine sated our desire for access into the lives of celebrities and set the standard for the new era of portrait photography.

Woman with Fair Hair and Pink Cardigan, 1949 by John Perceval.

The family scene

Magazine article, 2016

Traudi Allen discovers sensitivity, humour and fine draughtsmanship in the portraiture of John Perceval.

Dr Anne Sanders

Less than six degrees of separation

Lecture, 28 May 2011
General content

Dr Anne Sanders NPG Curatorial Researcher investigated the lives of the pioneering psychologists whose portraits are featured in Inner Worlds.

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.

The Long Awaited, 2008 by Patricia Piccinini

In the flesh

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

An exhibition of humanness in ten themes by Penelope Grist.

Self portrait, 1954

A sketch for some portraits

Magazine article by Judith Pugh, 2005

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

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

Getting bare

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

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

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.

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.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

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

Dame Mary Gilmore

Painting writing

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

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

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.

Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis

Lecture, 4 June 2011
General content

Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

Dr Christopher Chapman

The art of Inner Worlds

Lecture, 7 May 2011
General content

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

Self portrait

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

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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