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Portrait photograph of David McNicoll

1987
Anthony Buckley & Constantine Ltd

photograph on canvas lining (100.0 cm x 75.0 cm)
Image not available (NC)

David Ramsay McNicoll CBE (1914-2000) was editor-in-chief of Sir Frank Packer's Australian Consolidated Press from 1953 to 1972, and wrote an immensely popular column for the Bulletin magazine from 1972 to 1999. In 1947, after a five-month stint as a war correspondent accompanying General Patton's Third Army and covering the liberation of Paris, McNicoll took on the controversial 'Town Talk' column for Sydney's Daily Telegraph. It was the first regular front-page column to appear in an Australian newspaper and from 1947 to 1953 McNicoll become an indispensable man about town, a 'prince of Sydney'. Known as 'Dapper Dave', he later interviewed Juan Peron, Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

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Artist and subject

Anthony Buckley & Constantine Ltd (age 36 in 1987)

David Ramsey McNicoll CBE (age 73 in 1987)

Subject professions

Media and communications

Donated by

L Gordon Darling AC CMG (6 portraits)

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Gordon Darling

by Jiawei Shen

Portrait story

Gordon Darling talks about how Jiawei Shen came to paint his portrait.

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG
L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

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