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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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Joe Greenberg

Victor Smorgon AC

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