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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.

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Portrait of Manning Clark at Wapengo NSW, 1972

Arthur Boyd

oil on canvas (frame: 101.5 cm x 92.5 cm, unframed: 99.5 cm x 90.5 cm)

On loan to the National Portrait Gallery

Manning Clark AC (1915-1991), historian, lectured at the University of Melbourne from 1944 to 1949, when he became Foundation Professor of History at Canberra University College. This institution became the Australian National University, where Clark was Professor and Head of the History department and later first Professor of Australian History. He left ANU in 1975. Six years later, while at work on his monumental, controversial, six-volume A History of Australia (1962-87) he was named Australian of the Year. In his autobiographical works The Puzzles of Childhood and The Quest for Grace (1989-90) Clark wrote that he had 'learned that Australia did not have to belong to the tough; that Australia could and should belong to the lovers and believers'. Since his death, there has been lively public debate about Clark's legacy as a historian - the disagreement, in itself, helping to keep interest in the national narrative alive. Arthur Boyd was living in England when he was invited to take up a Creative Arts Fellowship at the Australian National University in 1971. The portrait of Clark and his dog Tuppence at Wapengo, on the New South Wales south coast, dates from the period of his Fellowship. Arthur Boyd was himself named Australian of the Year in 1995.

On loan from the Clark family
© Arthur Boyd
Arthur Boyd's work reproduced with the permission of the Bundanon Trust

Accession number: LOAN2006.21

Currently on display: Gallery Four (Liangis Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Arthur Boyd (age 52 in 1972)

Professor Manning Clark AC (age 57 in 1972)

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Education and research

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Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd
Self Portrait in red shirt, 1937 by Arthur Boyd

Arthur as Alyosha?

Magazine article by Patrick McCaughey, 2015

Patrick McCaughey explores a striking Boyd self portrait.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969
Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd
Self portrait, 1945-46 Arthur Boyd

Mysterious eyes

Arthur Boyd portraits from 1945

Previous exhibition, 2016

Boyd’s self-portrait at age 25 is joined by his equally emotive portraits of those around him.

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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.