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Norman, Kodak, Rose, J.F Archibald, model and John Barr, c. 1913

an unknown artist

toned gelatin silver photograph on paper (image: 7.6 cm x 11.8 cm)

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. A delicate boy, Lindsay left the family home in Creswick when he was sixteen to live with his brother Lionel in Melbourne. Lionel was then a staff artist on the Hawklet, attending the National Gallery School and sharing a studio with George Coates. When Norman arrived in Melbourne he ghosted Lionel's drawings for the journal, his brother paying him ten shillings a week out of the thirty-five he earned. In late 1896 Norman became a cartoonist for the Hawklet in his own right, started to attend the life class at the National Gallery school and, with Lionel, joined the student fraternity the Prehistoric Order of Cannibals. The following year the brothers' styles began to diverge. In 1901 Norman moved north to make his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, henceforth working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death. His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, painting and sculpture.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.94

Currently not on display

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Norman Lindsay (age 34 in 1913)

Rose Lindsay (age 28 in 1913)

J. F. Archibald

John Barr

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Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell
Rose Lindsay, 1970 Anthony Browell

Charmed by the Rose

Magazine article by Anthony Browell, 2004

Anthony Browell reminisces about meeting Rose Lindsay, the wife of Australian artist Norman 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.