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Sir William Dargie, (1912-2003) was one of the prominent Australian artists of the twentieth century. He volunteered as a soldier in the Second World War and instead, was appointed as an Official War Artist. He won the first of eight Archibald Prizes in this time. Perhaps better known when he was younger as a portrait artist as he matured and broadened his subject matter, he became an accomplished landscape artist. He travelled to Sydney and is recorded painting seascapes in the company of John Loxton, (1903-69), a well regarded Australian watercolorist. Most probably this painting dates from that period of Dargie's life.

He is represented in Australian War Memorial,Canberra, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, all Australian State Galleries, Australian Regional Galleries in Castlemaine, Benalla, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Perth University, University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.


Oil on board.


200 x 370 mm. Image size.





DARGIE. SIR WILLIAM, "Artists sketching on the cliff-top."

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