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Alan Sumner, 1993

Francis Reiss

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 44.9 cm x 40.2 cm, image: 43.1 cm x 38.9 cm)

Alan Sumner MBE (1911-1994) was a painter, printmaker, teacher and stained glass designer. After studying at the NGV school, RMIT and the George Bell School in the early 1930s, Sumner travelled to Europe and the UK, furthering his training at the Grand Chaumière and the Courtauld institute. Returning to Melbourne he took up an apprenticeship as a stained glass designer with Brooks Robinson before becoming a designer for Yenckens. He taught painting at the NGV School from 1947 to 1950 and spent nine years as Head of the School from 1953 onward. Meanwhile, over the course of his career he completed approximately 100 commissions for windows in Melbourne and internationally. In 1993 the Eastgate Gallery mounted an exhibition of his technically brilliant screenprints at the same time as the NGV mounted a retrospective of his work. He is represented in most major Australian galleries.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2004

Accession number: 2004.34

Currently not on display

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Francis Reiss (age 66 in 1993)

Alan Sumner MBE (age 82 in 1993)

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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.