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Douglas Dundas, 1930s

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 50.5 cm x 40.5 cm, image: 49.0 cm x 39.0 cm)

Douglas Dundas (1900-1981), painter, trained at the Sydney Art School with Julian Ashton. In 1927, he won the Society of Artists’ Travelling Scholarship, which enabled him to study at the London Polytechnic and in Paris with André Lhote. Returning to Australia in 1929, he held his first show at the Macquarie Gallery. Two years later, he began to teach full-time at the East Sydney Technical College (later the National Art School). He was the head teacher of painting from 1938 to 1960, and head of the school until 1965. Married to the painter Dorothy Thornhill, Dundas is particularly known for his views of the streets of inner Sydney – Paddington, Darlinghurst, Rose Bay - rendered in a Modernist style. He also painted the Canberra landscape, and a number of self-portraits.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2018.76

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 19 in 1930)

Douglas Dundas (age 30 in 1930)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Danina Anderson (34 portraits)

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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.