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Ted Dyson, Bill Dyson (with pipe) and Percy, c. 1899

an unknown artist

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 16.4 x 11.9, image: 15.4 cm x 11 cm)

Edward George (Ted) Dyson (1865–1931), writer, was born near Ballarat and spent his boyhood there and in various other areas of regional Victoria. The family settled in Melbourne in the 1880s, by which time, despite a rudimentary education, Ted had begun submitting pieces to local newspapers. Throughout the 1890s, Ted’s work appeared regularly in The Bulletin; and between 1896 and 1921 he published many volumes of stories and verse including Rhymes from the mines (1896) and Fact’ry ‘Ands (1906). His brother Will (1880–1938) was a cartoonist, writer and draughtsman. Will’s first cartoon appeared in the Bulletin in 1897, in which year he also exhibited in the first show of the Society of Artists. Along with their friends, the artist-brothers Percy, Lionel and Norman Lindsay, Ted and Will were members of Melbourne’s bohemian Ishmael Club. In 1909, Will married Ruby Lindsay and in 1910 moved with her and Norman to London, where Will’s cartoons gained a large intellectual following. In 1916, he wrote to AIF commander General Birdwood volunteering his services as an artist; and in May 1917 he was appointed the AIF’s first official war artist.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.100

Currently not on display

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Edward Dyson (age 34 in 1899)

Will Dyson (age 19 in 1899)

Percy Lindsay (age 29 in 1899)

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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.