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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.

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.

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts

Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts, 1910

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2013

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

Glorious

A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Previous exhibition, 2012

Glorious: A Diamond Jubilee portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a collection-based display representing The Queen in the early and late years of her glittering sixty-year reign.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022)

9 September 2022
Media

The National Portrait Gallery is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Throughout her 70-year reign, Her Majesty represented graciousness, humanity and stability during times of enormous social change.

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Prisoner 20671 Alsbeta/ Elizabeth Weisz, 2016

Lousje Skala
Portrait, six inkjet prints and torcs (1) carved ABS, copper, chrome, haematite; (2) carved ABS, copper, chrome, sterling silver, haematite; (3) carved ABS, copper, chrome, epoxy, haematite; (4) carved ABS, copper, 24ct. gold plate, haematite; (5) carved ABS, copper, chrome, epoxy, haematite; (6) carved ABS, copper, 24ct. gold plate, haematite.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program in memory of Elizabeth Skala 2018

Reputedly Elizabeth Macarthur, 1785-1790 Unknown

The most material advantages

Devotion

A one-in-a-thousand woman

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.

Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
Mary Hassall (née Rouse)
Mary Hassall (née Rouse)

Mary Hassall (née Rouse), c. 1850

an unknown artist
Portrait, hand coloured photograph

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

Elizabeth

Darling Portrait Prize

Previous exhibition, 2020

The Darling Prize is a new biennial prize for Australian portrait painters, painting Australian sitters. The winner receives a cash prize of $75,000.

A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker

The National Portrait Gallery Announces Art Handlers’ Award

18 February 2019
Archived media releases 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to announce that Perth photographer Elizabeth Looker has won the Art Handlers’ Award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Art Handlers' Award NPPP 2019 video: 1 minute

Art Handlers' Award 2019

James & Michelle
General content

The Art Handlers' Award for 2019 went to A Calm So Deep, 2018 by Elizabeth Looker.

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

Polly Borland

Polly Borland

'Everyone wants to know the story about the Queen'
Portrait story

Australian photographer, Polly Borland, describes the hectic experience of photographing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Darling Portrait Prize winner announcement video: 10 minutes

Winner announcement

“Dancing feet and wild hair...”
General content

We are delighted to announce the winner of the inaugural $75,000 Darling Portrait Prize is Anthea da Silva with her painting of contemporary dancer Dr Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman OAM.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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