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The Jester (self portrait)

1923
Lionel Lindsay

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

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
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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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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)
The Jester (self portrait)
The Jester (self portrait)
The Jester (self portrait)

Bloodlines

Magazine article by Michelle Fracaro, 2004

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

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