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Victor Smorgon

Joe Greenberg

watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil and gouache on paper (sheet: 48.8 cm x 25.5 cm, image: 37.6 cm x 17.8 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 family business empire encompassing steel, meat, paper, plastics, forestry and commercial property. The Smorgons have recently been listed as Australia's richest family. Their 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 2001

Accession number: 2003.188

Currently not on display

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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.