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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.

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Walter Gropius and Harry Seidler, 1954

Max Dupain

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Harry Seidler AC OBE (1923-2006), architect, was born in Vienna. He studied in England and Canada and worked with a number of leading American architects before deciding to settle in Sydney in 1948. The first house he designed - for his parents - introduced Bauhaus principles to Australia. Thereafter Seidler made a significant contribution to the architecture of Sydney, for example in his Australia Square buildings (1961-7), the MLC Centre (1972-5) and Grosvenor Place (1982-88). In Canberra, his designs include the Campbell medium-density housing complex, Ethos House in the city, the Edmund Barton Offices and the Yarralumla Lakeview apartments. From the 1970s onward the multiple-award- winning Seidler held visiting professorships at universities in Australia, the USA and Switzerland. He is shown here aged thirty, talking with his teacher Walter Gropius who was in Sydney to lecture at the 1954 RAIA convention. Dupain took the picture in the Seidler-designed Julian Rose House at Wahroonga, close to completion at the time.

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Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Accession number: 2003.25

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 43 in 1954)

Walter Gropius (age 71 in 1954)

Harry Seidler AC OBE (age 31 in 1954)

Subject professions

Architecture, design and fashion

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Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain
Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain
Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain
Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain

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In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

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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.