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Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011

Kristin Headlam

oil on linen (support: 150.0 cm x 120.0 cm)

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM (b.1934), poet, essayist and academic, grew up in Melbourne, went to Scotch College, trained in the RAAF and worked as a journalist while studying at the University of Melbourne. In his honours year, he published his first book of poetry. In 1961, he became a fellow in Australian Literature and Creative Writing at the University, and from 1965 to 1967 was at Yale as a Harkness Fellow. Subsequently, in Melbourne, he progressed in his old Department, assuming a personal chair in 1988. His poetry collections include The Amorous Cannibal (1985), Selected Poems 1956-1994 (1995) and By and Large (2001). His critical works include Falling into Language (1990) and Read it Again (2005). In addition, he has edited several anthologies including The Golden Apples of the Sun: Twentieth Century Australian Poetry (1980); and The Oxford Literary History of Australia (1998, with Bruce Bennett and Jennifer Strauss). He is now Professor Emeritus in the Australian Centre of the University of Melbourne, of which he was the founding director.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2014
© Kristin Headlam/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2014.49

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Kristin Headlam (age 58 in 2011)

Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM (age 77 in 2011)

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Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds
Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds
Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds
Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe video: 3 minutes 9 seconds

Kristin Headlam with Chris Wallace-Crabbe

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Artist Kristin Headlam and poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe discuss their art.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam
Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 2011 Kristin Headlam

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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.