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Sketch for portrait of Bart Cummings, 1986

Bryan Westwood

oil on canvas (frame: 46.0 cm x 46.0 cm, support: 38.0 cm x 38.0 cm)
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James Bartholomew (Bart) Cummings OAM (1927-2015), thoroughbred racehorse trainer, was the son of an Adelaide trainer. He began his involvement with the Melbourne Cup as strapper for winner Comic Court in 1950. Having gained his own trainer’s licence in 1953, he went on to earn the sobriquet ‘the Cups King’ by taking out the Melbourne Cup twelve times: with Light Fingers (1965), Galilee (1966), Red Handed (1967) Think Big (1974 and 1975), Gold and Black (1977), Hyperno (1979), Kingston Rule (1990) Let’s Elope (1991), Saintly (1996), Rogan Josh (1999) and Viewed (2008). He celebrated nearly 7000 wins that included five Cox Plates, seven Caulfield Cups and four Golden Slippers. In 1974 he became the first trainer whose horses won a million dollars in a season. The ABC Sportsman of the Year in 1975, Cummings was designated a National Living Treasure in 1988.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002
© Bryan Westwood/Licensed by Viscopy, 2015

Accession number: 2002.67

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Artist and subject

Bryan Westwood (age 56 in 1986)

Bart Cummings AM (age 59 in 1986)

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Sports and recreation

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As Bryan Westwood’s portrait of Brian Dunlop hangs adjacent to Brian Dunlop’s portrait of the philanthropist Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, we see the artist of one work as the subject of the other. 

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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.