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John Buckley Castieu, Lionel Lindsay and Norman Lindsay, c. 1897

an unknown artist

albumen silver photograph (support: 11.8 cm x 13.2 cm, image: 9.8 cm x 13.2 cm)

Sir Lionel Lindsay (1874-1961), graphic artist, was the brother of Norman, Percy, Daryl and Ruby Lindsay and shared with his siblings an early obsession with drawing and printmaking. His art was the product of the great flowering of Australian ‘black & white’ art that developed around the turn of the twentieth century with such illustrated magazines as The Bulletin and The Lone Hand. Lindsay began making woodcuts and etchings but his preferred medium was the wood-engraving. His reputation as a printmaker reached its height in the 1920s when he was taken up by the leading London fine print dealer Colnaghi. Handsome and a great conversationalist, he was a strong and influential champion of a set of strongly held and individualistic views. Among his voluminous art writing (mostly in journals) there are two noteworthy books – A consideration of the work of Ernest Moffit 1899, notable as the first monograph on an artist to be published in Australia , and Addled Art 1943, notorious as the most strident and bigoted attack on modern art ever to be produced in this country. Lindsay was a long-serving Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and was a great traveller, besotted from an early age with Spain and all things Spanish. He was knighted in 1941.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.103

Currently not on display

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John Castieu

Lionel Lindsay (age 23 in 1897)

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Lionel Lindsay portrait story video: 2 minutes
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The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay
The Jester (self portrait), 1923 Lionel Lindsay

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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.