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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.

Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney

Janet Dawson

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1965

Janet Dawson, 2016 by Mark Mohell

Janet Dawson

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When soulmates Janet Dawson and Michael Boddy moved from Sydney to a property, Boddy was clear about why: ‘Our marriage is one long conversation - we moved to the bush so we could talk to each other without so many interruptions.’

Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta

Joseph Cotta, 1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joseph Mathew Cotta and Gladys Maria Cotta 2016

Gladys Cotta
Gladys Cotta
Gladys Cotta

Gladys Cotta, 1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Joseph Mathew Cotta and Gladys Maria Cotta 2016

Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta
Joseph Cotta

Joseph Cotta, 1983-1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Chris Dickins
Chris Dickins
Chris Dickins

Chris Dickins, 1983-1984

Janet Dawson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Michael with beetroot sprouting
Michael with beetroot sprouting
Michael with beetroot sprouting

Michael with beetroot sprouting, 2008

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Professor Derek Denton
Professor Derek Denton
Professor Derek Denton

Professor Derek Denton, 2009

Janet Dawson
Portrait, pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Professor Derek Denton AC and Dame Margaret Scott AC 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Bill Hunter
Bill Hunter
Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter, 1974

Janet Dawson
Portrait, charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Brown form with stripes, 1961

Figurative foundation

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and art of the Australian artist Janet Dawson.

Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney
Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney
Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney

Janet Dawson, Paddington, Sydney, 1966 (printed 2000)

David Moore
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001.

Summer 1986
Summer 1986
Summer 1986

Summer 1986, 1986

Janet Dawson
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000, part gift of Michael Boddy

Self portrait
Self portrait
Self portrait

Self portrait, between 1951 and 1953

Janet Dawson
Portrait, oil on cardboard

Gift of the artist 2000

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