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Title

Self portrait with felt cap


Artist

Charles Bush

Australia

23 Nov 1919 - 13 Nov 1989


About

Much liked and admired during his lifetime, Bush was one of the most talented students of his generation at Melbourne’s National Gallery School. He also won numerous prizes, including the Melrose Portrait Prize (with a self portrait in 1952) and the Wynne Prize (1952, 1955). He was a member of an early Australian cultural delegation to China in 1956 and fronted a national television programme ‘My fair lady’ about art and fashion between 1959 and 1962.

Bush taught drawing at the National Gallery School briefly in the 1950s and was art critic for The Australian in the 1960s. He and Phyl Waterhouse met at the National Gallery School and thereafter were virtually inseparable apart from the War years, when he enlisted (he was appointed an official War artist in 1943). Bush also studied in London under Bernard Meninsky and travelled through Italy, France and Spain with Waterhouse 1950-1952. They didn’t marry until 1979. Together with June Davies, he and Waterhouse were owner-directors of Leveson Street Gallery in Melbourne (1962-1985).


Details


Place where the work was made

Melbourne Victoria Australia


Date

1967


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

brown and ochre conté on cartridge paper


Dimensions

70.0 x 55.8 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.c., pen and black ink "Bush/ 1967".


Credit

Gift of the Estate of June Davies 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

243.2012


Artist information

Charles Bush

Works in the collection

20


Place

Where the work was made
Melbourne

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum (Editor), Charles Bush: self portraits, 1936-1986, ‘Self-portraits’, pg. 11-48, Castlemaine, 1994, 44 (colour illus.). cat.no. 34