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Peter Carey

1989
Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.3 cm x 30.4 cm, image: 39.0 cm x 25.7 cm)

Peter Carey (b. 1943), author, is only the second writer to twice win the Booker Prize, one of the world's major literary awards. He won it with Oscar and Lucinda (1988), an idiosyncratic romance once described as 'one of the finest Victorian novels of the twentieth century', and with the magnificent True History of the Kelly Gang (2000). Illywhacker (1985) was an earlier contender for the prize. Before becoming a full-time author Carey worked in advertising, contributing significantly to the success of the Australian wine industry with the slogan 'You make us smile, Dr Lindeman'. This photograph, characterised by Morley as 'the lark descending', was taken in Carey's Surry Hills office in 1989. Carey now lives and works in New York.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lewis Morley Archive LLC

Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 64 in 1989)

Peter Carey AO (age 46 in 1989)

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 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.

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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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