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Title

Youth in a Tam-o'-shanta (the artist's son, Alan Macintosh)

1886

Artist

William Priestly MacIntosh

Australia

1857 – 09 Jan 1930

  • Details

    Date
    1886
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    Carrara marble bas-relief
    Dimensions
    60.5 x 40.5 x 4.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Glen Croker née Macintosh 2017, great grand daughter of William Priestly Macintosh
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    29.2017
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    William Priestly MacIntosh

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  • About

    William Priestly MacIntosh was born near Ayr in Scotland in 1857. He studied anatomy and sculpture in Edinburgh before moving to Australia in 1880. MacIntosh’s works decorate significant public buildings in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and some regional centres, and many of them are now heritage-listed.

    In Sydney, MacIntosh’s most prominent work includes 25 individual full-length portrait sculptures on the façade of the Lands Department building, two marble sculptures on the exterior of the Queen Victoria Building, the coat of arms on the Commonwealth Bank building in Martin Place and carved flora and fauna sculptures on the Sydney Technical College building façade in Ultimo.

    'Youth in a Tam-o'-shanta (the artist's son, Alan Macintosh)' is a rare example of the artist’s portrait sculpture. Beautifully carved and incorporating the expressive textured surface of the Tam-o'-shanta into the portait, MacIntosh senstively captures the sitters features and a sense of his youthful alertness.

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