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Arnold Haskell, 1937

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 31.6 cm x 27.0 cm, image: 30.2 cm x 21.7 cm)

Arnold Haskell (1903-1981) was an English balletomane. He first visited Australia with the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet in 1936. He reported back to England for magazines such as the Dancing Times while writing articles and reviews for several Australian newspapers and journals, expounding on the urgent need for ballet schools and commenting admiringly on the size and strength of Australian girls. In particular, he held that if it developed a professional ballet company, Australia would be able to 'use' the ballet 'to prove to the world what is obvious to any conscientious observer, that it has a vigorous and truly national school of art and a deep tradition of musical appreciation'. In 1938 he returned here to research a book, confessing to readers of the Home that 'When I try to write of my love for Australia I am as helpless as one who scrawls his loved one's name a hundred times on his blotting pad.' His book about Australia, Waltzing Matilda, was published in 1944.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rex Dupain 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.78

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 26 in 1937)

Arnold Haskell (age 34 in 1937)

Subject professions

Writing

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Rex Dupain (15 portraits)

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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.