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William Ashton

c. 1940s
Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 30.3 cm x 40.0 cm, image: 30.0 cm x 38.2 cm)

Sir William (Will) Ashton OBE (1881–1963) was the son of James Ashton, who founded Adelaide’s Norwood Art School in 1885 and its Academy of Arts in 1895. Will Ashton studied first under his father, and then in Cornwall and Paris. On his return from Europe he successfully exhibited impressionist style pictures of Parisian street scenes, Dieppe quays and other picturesque landmarks and resorts. Over the course of his career in Australia, London and Paris he achieved consistent success adhering to the same general style and themes. Like Lionel Lindsay, Ashton was a vociferous and influential opponent of the modern art movement in Australia.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 29 in 1940)

Sir William Ashton OBE (age 59 in 1940)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Richard King (16 portraits)

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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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