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Betty Cuthbert

2002
Andrew Daly

oil on canvas (frame: 106.0 cm x 71.5 cm, support: 103.0 cm x 68.5 cm)

Betty Cuthbert AM MBE (1938–2017), sprinting champion, was Australia's leading gold-medal winning track and field athlete. Cuthbert had tickets to the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games as a spectator, but she attended as a competitor, earning the nickname the 'Golden Girl' from the Melbourne Argus when she won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay; the first Australian to win three Olympic gold medals. The 1958 Commonwealth Games, the 1960 Olympics and the 1962 Commonwealth Games went badly for her, but at the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 she won the 400m, making her only the second woman to have won four different track races. In 1969 she developed multiple sclerosis, and was a vigorous fundraiser for research into the disease, as well as playing an important role in the creation of MS Research Australia, established in 2004. In 1998, Cuthbert was named a Living National Treasure.

Former National Portrait Gallery Director Andrew Sayers described Andrew Daly as 'an artist who makes a virtue of quietness'. Looking for a Western Australian artist to depict Cuthbert – who was living in Mandurah, near Perth, when this portrait was commissioned – Sayers selected Daly, feeling that the careful, domestic quality of his portraits would fit well with the sitter's circumstances and personality.

Commissioned with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2002
© Andrew Daly

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Artist and subject

Andrew Daly (age 38 in 2002)

Betty Cuthbert AM MBE (age 64 in 2002)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

Supported by

Basil P. Bressler (48 portraits supported)

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