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Portrait of Clive James



Jeffrey Smart

Italy, Australia

26 Jul 1921 - 20 Jun 2013




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Materials used

oil on canvas


109.0 x 120.0 cm; 140.9 x 150.8 x 11.3 cm frame


Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1992


Not on display

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Artist information

Jeffrey Smart

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 15 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Edmund Capon AM, OBE, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'Jefrrey Smart: a man of great composure', pg. 179-190, Sydney, 2009, 189, 191 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'John Brack / Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-127, Sydney, 2002, 124, 126 (colour illus.), 146, 147.

Edmund Capon, Jeffrey Smart retrospective, 'Still, Silent, Composed', pg. 12-21, Sydney, 1999, 17, 176, 177 (colour illus.), 212. 75

Edmund Capon, Jeffrey Smart: drawings and studies 1942-2001, 'Jeffrey Smart and the art of drawing', pg. 15-19, Sydney, 2001, 18, 19 (colour illus.), 146 (colour illus., detail), 147 (colour illus.). figure no. 50; 175 is a study for this painting

Hannah Hutchison, Look, 'Jeffrey Smart's constructed worlds', pg. 44-51, Sydney, May 2019-Jun 2019, front cover (colour illus.), 51 (colour illus.).

Rodney James, Jeffrey Smart: the question of portraiture, 'Fellow travellers', pg. 16-19, Mornington, 2009, 16, 19, 20 (colour illus.), 23. 29

Christine Lindop, Doors to a wider place: Stories from Australia, Oxford, 2008, front cover (colour illus.), back cover (colour illus.).

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 86, 87 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Presenting our own artists: how the AGS put balance into the Australian collection', pg. 42-44, Sydney, May 2003, 44.

Barry Pearce, Jeffrey Smart, 'Art and life in South Australia', pg. 24-69, Sydney, 2005, 54, 170, 224 (colour illus.), 256.

Barry Pearce, Master of stillness: Jeffrey Smart paintings 1940–2011, 'Search for the timeless', pg. 7-21, Kent Town, 2012, 17, 98 (colour illus.), 133. 62

Jeffrey Smart, Look, 'A pat on the back', pg. 14-15, Sydney, Jun 2002, 14. Photograph of Jeffrey Smart and Margaret Olley standing in front of the painting during the exhibition 'Parallel Visions'.

Judith White, Look, 'Smartpeople', pg. 20-21, Melbourne, Sep 1999, 21 (colour illus.).

Judith White, art lovers: the story of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1953-2013, 'Chapter 5: Be part of the art 1988-2000', pp. 111-138, Sydney, 2013, 115, 231 (colour illus.).