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Sydney Ure Smith, 1948

Max Dupain

halftone gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 48.5 cm x 37.5 cm, image: 37.5 cm x 35.0 cm)

Sydney Ure Smith (1887-1949), publisher, was co-founder of the leading art journal Art in Australia (1916-1942) and produced the magazines The Home (1920-1942) and Australian National Journal. Through titles such as Bernard Smith's Place, Taste and Tradition (1945) his firm Ure Smith Pty Ltd played a strong part in shaping Australian cultural appreciation. Ure Smith was president of the Society of Artists for more than two decades, a foundation member of the Painters and Etchers Society, a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW from 1922 to 1947 and a driving force behind the short-lived Australian Academy of Art.

Sydney based Max Dupain was a fine architectural photographer, but his beach photographs, such as The Sunbather and Form at Bondi, have become key images of Australian experience.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.4

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 37 in 1948)

Sydney Ure Smith (age 61 in 1948)

Subject professions

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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.