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An image of recto: Self portrait
verso: Portrait of study of a nude man seated back view by William Dobell

William Dobell

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

Title
recto: Self portrait verso: Portrait of study of a nude man seated back view
Year
1937
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil, brush and brown ink
Dimensions

16.3 x 15.6 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed and dated c.l., pencil "W Dobell/ 1937".
Credit
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1962
Accession number
DA23.1962
Copyright
© Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Location
Not on display
Further information

William Dobell was one of Australia's most celebrated portraitists. Drawn in London, where he lived and worked between 1929 and 1938, 'Self portrait' is an assured study of a man confident in his powers of draughtsmanship, presenting himself with cool detachment. This period marked the most significant period in his development. The Gallery has an outstanding collection of Dobell drawings, due principally to a gift of over one thousand drawings from the artist's estate by the Trustees of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation in 1990.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (8)

Scott Carlin., Kings Cross: bohemian Sydney, 'Kings Cross: bohemian Sydney', Sydney, 2003, (colour illus.). not paginated

Scott Carlin, Insites, 'Kings Cross: bohemian life in Sydney', pg. 6-7, Glebe, Winter 2003, back cover (colour illus.).

Jane Hylton, William Dobell: portraits in context, 'William Dobell: a brief biography', pg. 30-32, Kent Town, 2003, 31 (illus.).

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

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 46 (illus.). cat.no. 35

Peter Raissis, William Dobell - the painter's progress, 'London: life and portraits', pg. 32-72, Sydney, 1997, 36 (colour illus.), 144. cat.no. 4b

Barry Pearce, Look, 'William Dobell (1899-1970) The Painter's Progress', pg. 12-13, Heidelberg, Feb 1997, 3 (colour illus.), 13 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 25

Exhibition history (8)

Acquisitions 1962, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1963–12 May 1963

The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 1990–28 Oct 1990

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

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

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

Bodyline, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 03 Feb 2001–08 Apr 2001

Kings Cross - Bohemian Sydney, Elizabeth Bay House, Elizabeth Bay, 31 May 2003–21 Sep 2003

Themes and Variations: Australian drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, 17 Oct 2008–30 Nov 2008