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Murray Bail, c.1980 (printed 2018)

Jacqueline Mitelman

inkjet print (sheet: 58.6 cm x 46.4 cm, image: 43.2 cm x 31.0 cm)
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Murray Bail (b. 1941) has mainly lived in Australia but has also spent a lot of time in other countries. In London in the early 1970s Bail wrote for the Transatlantic Review and the Times Literary Supplement. He published Contemporary Portraits and Other Stories in 1975 (republished in 1986 as The Drover's Wife and Other Stories); and won the National Book Council Award and shared the Age Book of the Year Award for Homesickness 1980. Bail was a trustee of the National Gallery of Australia for 5 years and wrote a monograph on Ian Fairweather 1981. His novel Holden's Performance 1987 won the 1988 Victorian Premier's Award for fiction. His most recent work Eucalyptus has been widely acclaimed and translated into numerous languages.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Accession number: 2018.123

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Jacqueline Mitelman (age 28 in 1980)

Murray Bail (age 39 in 1980)

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