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The Jester (self portrait), 1923

Lionel Lindsay

wood engraving on paper (sheet: 28.1 cm x 21.7 cm)

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Sir Lionel Lindsay (1874-1961) was a vocal art critic and productive artist. Influential, with a wide circle of friends, his artistic skills were many: watercolourist, etcher, wood engraver, black and white artist and book illustrator. One of ten children, five of whom became professional artists, he became noted for his etchings and engravings of Sydney architecture and of Australian birds and animals. He was a supporter of the conservative landscape tradition and an anti-modernist, calling the movement 'the cult of ugliness'. In 1899 Lindsay wrote A Consideration of the Art of Ernest Moffitt, the first monograph on an Australian artist. He later produced others on Conrad Martens and Hans Heysen. Comedy of Life, his autobiography, was published posthumously in 1967.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Sir Richard Kingsland AO CBE DFC, 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.214

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lionel Lindsay (age 49 in 1923)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Sir Richard Kingsland AO CBE DFC (2 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Lionel Lindsay portrait story video: 2 minutes
Lionel Lindsay portrait story video: 2 minutes
Lionel Lindsay portrait story video: 2 minutes
Lionel Lindsay portrait story video: 2 minutes

The Jester (Self Portrait) by Lionel Lindsay

'Comedy of Life'

Portrait story

A visual exploration of themes depicted in 'The Jester' by Lionel Lindsay.

The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay

Bloodlines

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

Michelle Fracaro describes Lionel Lindsay's woodcut The Jester (self-portrait).

Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham
Self portrait with glove, 1939 Herbert Badham

To Look Within

Self Portraits in Australia

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits in Australia, from the colonial period to the present

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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.