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William Dargie

1912 – 2003

Sir William Dargie CBE studied at the Melbourne Technical College, and then in the studio of AD Colquhoun from 1931 to 1934. While he painted many landscapes and still-life pictures, he is renowned for his contribution to Australian portraiture. An official war artist during World War 2, he contributed more than six hundred works to the Australian War Memorial. As a consciously professional portraitist over 65 years he undertook scores of private and corporate commissions, with subjects including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and a who's who of leading Australian figures in many diverse fields - the military, industry, sport, education and science. At the same time, his flair for administration resulted in his appointment to a variety of significant gallery boards and councils. Dargie won an unparalleled eight Archibald Prizes. The National Portrait Galley currently holds fifteen portraits by Dargie.

Updated 2018