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Victor Smorgon

2000
Peter Wegner

etching on paper, edition A/P (sheet: 38.0 cm x 56.3 cm, image: 20.1 cm x 22.3 cm)

Victor Smorgon AO (b.1913), industrialist and philanthropist, is the former chairman of Smorgon Consolidated Industries. Smorgon emigrated to Australia from the Ukraine in 1927, and ran a kosher butchery with his two brothers in Lygon St, Carlton. Over the ensuing decades they built a vast family business empire encompassing steel, meat, paper, plastics, forestry and commercial property. Smorgons enormous contributions to a wide range of medical and arts institutions in Australia include the Smorgon outpatients' wing at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital; the Loti and Victor Smorgon Gift of Contemporary Australian Art, Sydney; and the Loti and Victor Smorgon Gallery of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
© Peter Wegner

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Peter Wegner (age 47 in 2000)

Victor Smorgon AC (age 87 in 2000)

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