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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.

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

Selected images

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Take a peek at a selection of the portraits you can see in the exhibition.

John Bell as King Lear oil on Belgian linen, 2001 by Nicholas Harding

Lear unbuttoned

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Sarah Engledow steps up to the footlights and applauds the storyline behind Nicholas Harding's portraits of actor John Bell.

Self portrait, exhibited 1929 Doris Zinkeisen

Repainting History

In conversation with Jennifer Higgie
Event, Thursday 30 June

Join us from wherever you are for our Curator, Joanna Gilmour in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, author of ‘The Mirror and the Palette: Rebellion, Revolution, and Resilience, Five Hundred Years of Women’s Self Portraits’.

Bee Miles
Bee Miles
Bee Miles

Bee Miles, 1976

Roderick Shaw
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Brian Griffin 2000

Jane Campion
Jane Campion
Jane Campion

Jane Campion, 2009

Peter Brew-Bevan
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Purchased 2011

Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush, 1997

Montalbetti + Campbell
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 1999

Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver

Jacki Weaver, 2018

John Tsiavis
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2018

Helen Ennis

In Conversation with Helen Ennis

Changing spaces: Portraiture and photography
Event, Saturday 2 July

Join Australian photography curator, historian and writer, Helen Ennis for a conversation about photographers challenging the conventions of personal and public space in their portraits.

Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House
Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House
Barrie Kosky, Sydney Opera House

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

Robert McFarlane
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

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