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Geoffrey Parsons, 1972

Michael Shannon

pastel on paper (image: 69.5 cm x 52.0 cm)

Geoffrey Parsons AO (1930-1999) was a concert accompanist. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, settled in London in 1950 and was invited to accompany the lieder singer Gerhard Hüsch in 1955. He soon became known internationally as the accompanist par excellence. Singers with whom he worked include Peter Dawson, Victoria de los Angeles, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Ruggiero Ricci and Jessye Norman. Parsons made a great number of recordings, and numerous concert tours of Australia for the ABC.

Michael Shannon tended to produce works in series. A collection of his early portrait drawings was amongst the first acquisitions of the National Portrait Gallery.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Les Rowe 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 1998.4

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Michael Shannon (age 45 in 1972)

Geoffrey Parsons AO (age 42 in 1972)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Les Rowe (2 portraits)

Related portraits

1. Self portrait, 1981. All Michael Shannon.

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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.