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Christine Stead, 1976 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane

inkjet print (sheet: 48.3 cm x 32.9 cm, image: 35.9 cm x 23.9 cm)

Christina Stead (1902 - 1983) writer, was born and educated in Sydney and spent most of her working life - from 1928 until 1974 - living in Europe and the United States. Her first book The Salzburg Tales was followed by Seven Poor Men of Sydney which was based on observations from her early life. Her best known work is The Man Who Loved Children (1940) widely regarded as a twentieth-century classic, an autobiographical study of a family dominated by a monstrous father.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Accession number: 2017.47

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Robert McFarlane (age 34 in 1976)

Christina Stead (age 74 in 1976)

Subject professions

Writing

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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.