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Douglas Frew Waterhouse, 2003

Robyn Stacey

lenticular photograph (sheet: 123.5 cm x 92.8 cm)

Douglas Frew Waterhouse AO CMG (1916–2000), entomologist, identified the active ingredients for the insect repellent later marketed as Aerogard. As head of the Entomology division of CSIRO from 1960 to 1981, he championed the use of the dung beetle for biological control of bush flies. He was the driving force behind the Australian National Insect Collection, the Stored Grain Research Laboratory and the use of nematodes and synthetic sex pheromones for controlling insect pests. Over the course of his career he oversaw a number of valuable pest management projects in Papua New Guinea, Asia and the Pacific. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Australian Academy of Science and the recipient of numerous awards and medals.

A lenticular print is formed of many ridges which act as lenses. The microscopically corrugated surface causes the image to ‘move’ as the as the angle of the viewer changes. Around and across Waterhouse artist Robyn Stacey placed emblems of his work, observing that the lenticular print is especially apposite for depicting insects, as ‘the image literally appears to develop itself … the image itself becomes a metamorphosis.’

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2003
© Robyn Stacey

Accession number: 2003.14

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Robyn Stacey (age 51 in 2003)

Douglas Frew Waterhouse AO CMG

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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.

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