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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.

Lola Montes, c. 1845 Joseph Karl Stieler

Bringing down a kingdom

Lust

The king and the showgirl

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

William Charles Wentworth, 1854 Thomas Woolner

Portrait, cast bronze relief medallion

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

Autumn evenings golden glow, c.1942 by Hilda Rix Nicholas

Paris to Monaro Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas

Previous exhibition, 2013

After successfully exploring the art scenes of London, France and Morocco, Hilda Rix Nicholas settled at Knockalong, a property near Delegate, on the Monaro plain in the 1920s.

After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages
After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages
After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages

After Jack, 2012 Jenny Sages

Portrait, encaustic, oil and pigment on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Self portrait, 1949 Louis Kahan

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

Ningali Lawford-Wolf, 1996 (printed 2016) Stuart Spence

Powerful Indigenous women

Magazine article by June Oscar AO, 2017

June Oscar AO lauds three iconic Aboriginal figures in the Portrait Gallery collection who have inspired and influenced her.

The cast of the Walls That Talk

Alluring Performance Brings Gallery to Life 5 April 2019

Media

See the Gallery through a different lens and experience the portraits with a unique sensorial performance of movement, voice and live sound.

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

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

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

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

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

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

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Lady Barkly, 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen silver carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Spencer 2016, by Warwick Baker

Tough & Tender

Previous exhibition, 2016

Art by Warwick Baker, Chris Burden, Larry Clark, Rozalind Drummond, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Collier Schorr explores personal relations, individual expression and fluid identity.

Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka
Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Ada Bird Petyarre, 1990 Anne Zahalka

Portrait, direct positive colour photograph

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

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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.