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Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (Shmith)

c. 1952
Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (38.0 cm x 29.7 cm)

Patricia 'Bambi' Tuckwell (1926-2018) was a leading Australian fashion model as well as a promising violinist. In the 1950s she married fashion photographer Athol Shmith, but in the 1960s she moved to England to marry the Queen's cousin, English National Opera Director Lord Harewood. The couple lived at Harewood House, a magnificent mansion near Leeds, Yorkshire, where the Countess regularly organised seasons of world-class musical performances. Lord Harewood directed a number of Edinburgh Festivals before coming to Australia to direct the Adelaide festival in 1988.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Timothy Fairfax AC 2003

Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 41 in 1952)

Bambi Tuckwell (age 26 in 1952)

Subject professions

Media and communications

Supported by

Tim Fairfax AC (53 portraits supported)

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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.

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