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Peter Sculthorpe

A Celebration

Previous exhibition
from Wednesday 29 April until Sunday 19 July 2009
Peter Sculthorpe
Peter Sculthorpe, c. 1969 (detail) David Moore. © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore. http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/

Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE (b. 1929) is Australia's best-known composer. Born in Launceston, Tasmania and educated in Melbourne, he began composing at the age of 20, encouraged by the conductor and teacher Sir Bernard Heinze. To celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery has created a feature exhibition of portraits and associated biographic material drawn from the National Portrait Gallery and the composer’s personal collection.

5 portraits

1 Peter Sculthorpe, 1982 Eric Smith. © Estate of Eric Smith. 2 Russell Drysdale, Tallow Beach, New South Wales, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore. © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/. 3 Russell Drysdale and Peter Sculthorpe, Tallow Beach, New South Wales, 1969 (printed 2000) David Moore. © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/. 4 Peter Sculthorpe, 1977 (printed 2002) Lewis Morley. © Lewis Morley Archive LLC.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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