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Georgie Swift, 1941

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (mount: 40.5 cm x 50.2 cm, sheet: 38.4 cm x 47.9 cm, image: 37.5 cm x 47.9 cm)

Georgie Swift (1920-2008), journalist, publicist and chatelaine, was born Georgette Marie Hiro Matsui to a French-born mother and Japanese father in Sydney after the First World War. When she was quite young her father had to return to Japan to work, and renamed Georgie Matson, she grew up with her French relatives in the Eastern suburbs, progressing from Kambala to the University of Sydney, where she began an arts degree. Her studies curtailed by World War II, she gained a job at the Daily Mirror, but was sacked for underperformance within a year. In 1945 she married Flight Commander Robert Swift DFC; henceforth, they lived at his childhood home in Killara. For most of the 1970s she was fashion editor of Woman’s Day, and in 1980 she became director of publicity for David Jones. She and her dashing husband ‘Snow’ Swift were legendary entertainers; amongst her closest friends were Margaret Whitlam (it was she who introduced Margaret to Gough) and Maggie Tabberer.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2017.8

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 30 in 1941)

Georgie Swift (age 21 in 1941)

Donated by

Danina Anderson (34 portraits)

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Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain
Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain
Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain
Sydney Ure Smith, 1948 Max Dupain

Dupain detective

Magazine article by Johanna McMahon, 2019

Johanna McMahon revels in history and mystery in pursuit of a suite of unknown portrait subjects.

Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain
Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka, 1936-37 Max Dupain

Vintage Max

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2003

Gael Newton delves into the life and art of renowned Australian photographer, Max Dupain.

Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell
Miranda Otto, 1997 Montalbetti+Campbell

Eye to eye

Previous exhibition, 2019

Eye to Eye is a summer Portrait Gallery Collection remix arranged by degree of eye contact – from turned away with eyes closed all the way through to right-back-at-you – as we explore artists’ and subjects’ choices around the direction of the gaze.

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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.