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An image of Study for portrait by Justin O'Brien

Justin O'Brien

(Australia, Italy 02 Aug 1917 – 17 Jan 1996)

Title
Study for portrait
Place of origin
Elizabeth BaySydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1963
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil, pen and brown ink, wash on cream wove paper
Dimensions

37.8 x 27.6 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., blue ball-point pen “O’Brien ‘63”.
Credit
Bequest of Margaret Olley 2012
Accession number
204.2012
Copyright
© Estate of Justin O'Brien
Location
Not on display
Further information

In 1963, when this portrait was drawn, O’Brien was living in Elizabeth Bay, and working as the Art Master at Cranbrook School, a position he held from 1946–67. He was an inspiration to a number of his students who later grew to become artists, including Martin Sharp and Brian Dunlop; many of his students also modelled for portraits, most likely including this drawing.