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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.

Barry Humphries, 1958 Clifton Pugh

No Laughing Matter

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2002

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

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

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

Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland
Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland

Sir Les Patterson, 1999 Polly Borland

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House, c. 1997 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley
Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley

Barry Humphries and Lizzie Spender, 1994 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott
Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott
Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993 John Elliott

Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993, 1993 John Elliott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig
Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig
Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig

Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helga Leunig 2013

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick
Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, 2007 Robin Sellick

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned 2007

Self portrait, c. 1948 John Brack

John Brack Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2007

The exhibition includes such striking works as Portrait of Fred Williams, and Barry Humphries in the character of Edna Everage, the enigmatic Portrait of Hal Hattam, a group of revealing self portraits including the mysterious Inside and Outside, as well as endearing portraits of the artist's children.

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel
Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Bruce Beresford, 1962 (printed 2006) Jozef Vissel

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane
Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues', 1976 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Portrait 6 December 2002 - February 2003

Magazine

This issue of Portrait Magazine features articles about the NPG's Barry Humphries exhibition and Polly Borland's portrait of The Queen.

Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain
Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain
Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain

Tessa Birnie, 1959 Max Dupain

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Kathleen Barry 2009

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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.