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Portrait of Fred Williams



John Brack


1920 - 11 Feb 1999




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


142.0 x 163.0 cm stretcher; 155.7 x 176.6 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black oil "John Brack 1979/80".


Purchased 1980


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Brack

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 17 publications


Nancy Borlase, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'For Gymnasts, but Worth it', Sydney, 23 Aug 1980, page unknown (illus.).

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian 20th Century Art', pg. 71-89, Sydney, 1984, 87 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'John Brack / Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-127, Sydney, 2002, 120 (colour illus.), 121, 124, 142, 147.

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 48 (illus.). 48

Juliana Engberg (Curator), The Real Thing, Australia, 1997, 84.

Kristy Grant, John Brack, 'Human nature: the art of John Brack', pg. 87-132, Melbourne, 2009, 107, 108,184 (colour illus.), 225.

Sasha Grishin AM, The art of John Brack - Volume 1, Australia, 1990, 148, 151 (colour illus.). plate no. 44

Sasha Grishin AM, The art of John Brack - Volume 2, Australia, 1990, 34. 258

Sasha Grishin, Portraits by John Brack, 'John Brack and the celebral portrait', pg. 3-14, Parkes, 2007, 12, 61, 20, 13 (colour illus.).

Robert Lindsay, John Brack: a retrospective exhibition, 'The figure in the carpet: some literary and visual sources in the work of John Brack', pg. 11-88, Melbourne, 1987, 16, 17, 132, 133, 141. 102

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 81 (colour illus.).

Sandra McGrath, The Australian, 'Points, Paint and Praxiteles', Sydney, 24 Aug 1980, page unknown (illus.).

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 33.

Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 6, 11 (illus.). 7

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Parallel Visions: a study of fellow spirits in Australian art', pg. 8-9, Melbourne, Feb 2002, 8 (colour illus.), 9.

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The enduring image', pg. 265-266, Sydney, 2000, 270 (colour illus.), 300.

Judith White, art lovers: the story of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1953-2013, 'Chapter 4: Into the Capon era 1979-1988', pp. 85-110, Sydney, 2013, 101.