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Peter O'Shaughnessy

1947
Howard Matthews

oil on canvas (52.0 cm x 40.5 cm)

Peter O'Shaughnessy (b.1923), actor and producer, has produced many Australian plays and acted the major Shakespearian tragic roles both in Australia and overseas. He is noted for his interpretation of Samuel Beckett's plays and one-act performances of Diary of a Madman, adapted from Gogol. In 1968 he collaborated with Graeme Inson and Russel Ward on a lavishly illustrated anthology, The Restless Years, based on his award-winning television program of the same name.

Part of the Melbourne intellectual avant-garde of the 1940s, Howard Matthews was a brilliant student. He is said to have introduced Sidney Nolan to the poetry of Rimbaud and Verlaine.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Artist and subject

Howard Matthews

Peter O'Shaughnessy OAM (age 24 in 1947)

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

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