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An image of The sleeping Greek by William Dobell

William Dobell

(Australia, England 24 Sep 1899 – 13 May 1970)

The sleeping Greek
Other titles:
Head of a Greek [1950 Acquisition book]
Sleeping Greek [1959 Queensland Art Gallery Society exhibition]
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas on hardboard

38.0 x 32.7 cm board; 52.5 x 47.0 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, red oil "W DOBELL". Not dated.
Gift of the Society of Artists in memory of its President Sydney Ure Smith 1950
Accession number
© Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Not on display
Bibliography (19)

Scott Bevan, Bill: the life of William Dobell, 'Art and war', pg. 84-129, Cammeray, 2014, 89, 425.

Brian Finemore, Painting, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, London, 1961, 3, 5, 29, 29 (illus.).

James Gleeson, The drawings of William Dobell in the Australian National Gallery, 'The Cypriot', pg. 34, Canberra, 1992, 34.

Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, '"The Tree of Man was never quiet"', pg. 28-35, Carlton, 2002, 29.

John Hook, Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850–1965 from the Queensland Art Gallery collection, 'Two Views of Dobell. William Dobell The Cypriot' [overall title of chapter], 'Dobell and Modern Mannerism' by Timothy Morrell' and 'Substance and Spirit', pg. 158-163, Brisbane, 1998, 160 (illus.).

Jane Hylton, William Dobell: portraits in context, 'William Dobell: a brief biography', pg. 30-32, Kent Town, 2003, 30.

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'William Dobell', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 46; not paginated

Hal Missingham., William Dobell, 'Foreword', Brisbane, 1959, (colour illus.). 6; not paginated

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting, 'Introduction', pg. 5-6, Auckland, 1957, 9. 10

Ross Moore, Outrage, 'The bottom line', pg. 36-39, Melbourne, Mar 1997, 36-39, 39 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, William Dobell - the painter's progress, 'Introduction', pg. 9-22, Sydney, 1997, 15, 32, 44, 45 (colour illus.), 144. 9

Bruce Rowland, Human interest, Lake Macquarie, 2003. 11; Checklist entry

Meryl Ryan, Well connected: Dobell and company, 'The thing one remembers', Lake Macquarie, 2001, inside brochure insert (illus.). 2; brochure insert not paginated

William Splatt and Barbara Burton, 100 masterpieces of Australian painting, Adelaide, 1973, 144, 145 (colour illus.). plate no. 69

Jill Stowell, The Newcastle herald, 'Collection shows fine eye for human form', pg. 14, Newcastle, 01 Feb 2003, 14N. Review of exhibition 'Human Interest' held at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, Heidelberg, Feb 1997, cover (colour illus.).

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Present day art in Australia, Sydney, 1949, 12 (colour illus.). Collection of Sydney Ure Smith Esq, O.B.E.

Judith White, Australian art collector, 'Yours sincerely: William Dobell', pg. 56-59, Sydney, Apr 2000-Jun 2000, 59.

The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary', Adelaide, 1962. not paginated, 111

Exhibition history (11)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1950, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Feb 1951–22 Apr 1951

Contemporary Australian painting (1957), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, Feb 1957–Mar 1957

The art of William Dobell (1959), Finney's Art Gallery, Brisbane, 11 Aug 1959–11 Sep 1959

Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary (1962-63), National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 17 Mar 1962–31 Mar 1962

William Dobell: Paintings from 1926 - 1964 (1964), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jul 1964–30 Aug 1964

Aspects of Australian art: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1976, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1976–1977

William Dobell the painter's progress (1997-1998):

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Wellconnected - Dobell & Company, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 12 May 2001–17 Jun 2001

Well connected: Dobell & company, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 12 May 2001–17 Jun 2001

Human interest - Roberts to Dobell, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Booragul, 17 Jan 2003–09 Mar 2003