recto: Self portrait verso: Portrait of study of a nude man seated back view
24 Sep 1899 - 13 May 1970
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
pencil, brush and brown ink
16.3 x 15.6 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated c.l., pencil "W Dobell/ 1937".
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 1962
Not on display
© Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Shown in 8 exhibitions
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):
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 14 Feb 1997–27 Apr 1997
- Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle 07 May 1997–06 Jul 1997
- Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne 29 Jul 1997–21 Sep 1997
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 25 Oct 1997–07 Dec 1997
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 08 Jan 1998–01 Mar 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
Referenced in 8 publications
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.).
Barry Pearce, Look, 'William Dobell (1899-1970) The Painter's Progress', pg. 12-13, Heidelberg, Feb 1997, 3 (colour illus.), 13 (colour illus.).
Peter Raissis, William Dobell - the painter's progress, 'London: life and portraits', pg. 32-72, Sydney, 1997, 36 (colour illus.), 144. cat.no. 4b
Judith White, Australian art collector, 'Yours sincerely: William Dobell', pg. 56-59, Sydney, Apr 2000-Jun 2000, 59.
Hendrik Kolenberg, The portrait and the nude: Australian drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 25
Unknown, William Dobell: portraits in context, 'William Dobell: a brief biography', pg. 30-32, Kent Town, 2003, 31 (illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 46 (illus.). cat.no. 35