Dobell, William, (Sir) (-1970)

Also known as
Dobell, Bill (1899-1970)
Dobell, William, (Sir) (1899-1970)
Dobell, William (1899-1970)
Dobell, William (-1970)
Field of activity
Painter; Portraitist; War Artist; Artist; Cartoonist / Illustrator; Visual Artist
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35191288
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William Dobell is an Australian Visual Artist who is mentioned in 1 event in the AusStage database

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Sir William Dobell (1899-1970), painter, was born on 24 September 1899, at Newcastle, New South Wales, sixth surviving and youngest child of native-born parents Robert Dobell, bricklayer, and his wife...

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William Dobell came from a working class family in Newcastle to become one of Australia's most loved artist and the creator of fashionable portraits. He was awarded the 1943 Archibald Prize for his portrait of fellow artist Joshua Smith and in 1960 his portrait of the Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, was on the cover of 'Time' magazine.

painter and graphic artist. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, holds William Dobell was born on 24 September 1899 at Cooks Hill in Newcastle, the sixth and youngest child of Robert Dobell, a bricklayer,and his wife Margaret Emma Wrightson. At Cooks Hill Commercial Public School his teacher, John Walker, noticed his talent for drawing and encouraged him. By 1916 he was working as a technical draughtsman for a local architect, Wallace Lintott Porter. In 1924 he moved to Sydney where he worked for the pressed metal manufacturers’ Wunderlich, while undertaking evening classes at the Sydney Art School under Henry Gibbons. His precocious talent for drawing soon attracted attention. When he was awarded the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship in 1929, both Wunderlich and the Committee for the Artists’ Ball supplemented the funds as they knew this student did not have a wealthy family to subsidise his international travel.He travelled to London and enrolled in the Slade School in late 1929. In 1930 he was awarded first prize for a painted nude study by a student. Financially, the London years were hard for Dobell as the Travelling Art Scholarship only had funds for two years, and he moved from a series of basement and attic rooms in a series of boarding houses. In order to survive the bleak years of the Great Depression Dobell drew illustrations for magazines and advertising agencies. ...

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  • fl. 1924 - c.1970

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Born 1899 at Newcastle, New South Wales; moved to Sydney to work 1923; attended Julian Ashton's Art School; sailed to London 1929 and enrolled at Slade School of Fine Art; won many prizes; returned to Sydney 1939l; became a war artist 1942; knighted in 1966; died May 1970 at Wangi, New South Wales.

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  2. Paintings and Drawings by William Dobell
    Dobell, William (Visual Artist)
    [1960-03-11]
    A performance staged at the John Martin's Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA

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