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David Campese II
, 2000

by Paul Newton

oil on canvas (frame: 125.0 cm x 115.0 cm, support: 122.0 cm x 112.5 cm)

David Campese AM (b. 1962), footballer, played 101 Rugby Union Tests for Australia between 1982 and 1996. For a long time he was Australia's most-capped player; he is still one of only four worldwide to have played more than 100 Tests. Campese grew up in Queanbeyan, NSW and began playing football with the local Mighty Whites. He made his international debut in 1982. Over a career of 15 years as a winger and fullback he became the world's leading Test try scorer (with 64 tries); his shared record of four tries in a single Test match has only been eclipsed by Chris Latham in Australia's 142-0 defeat of Namibia in 2003. He is now a successful sports entrepreneur.

Paul Newton has painted a great number of portraits on commission and has several times been a finalist in the Archibald Prize. A similar portrait of Campese, painted at the same time as this one, featured in the 2000 Sporting Portrait Prize.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2001
Accession number: 2001.3