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Self portrait in plus fours
, c. 1939 (cast 2003)

by Lyndon Dadswell

cast bronze

Lyndon Dadswell CMG, sculptor, studied at the Julian Ashton School before working with Rayner Hoff from 1926 to 1929 and Paul Montford from 1929 to 1935. In 1933 he won the Wynne Prize, and was awarded a scholarship that enabled him to study and travel in London and Europe. After war service, including a period as an official war artist, he made the King George Memorial in Sydney. Ten years later, he completed the Newcastle Memorial before taking up grants to study in the USA, UK and Europe. He taught at the National Art School in Sydney from 1937 to 1967, retiring as its Head. A retrospective exhibition of his (sometimes controversially modernist) work was held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1978. The following year Margel Hinder observed that ‘there is hardly a sculptor in Sydney who is not indebted to Lyndon in some measure’.

As a sculpted self portrait, this work is a great rarity in Australian art history.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2004
Accession number: 2004.18