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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.

Mr Thake - Dr So and So
Mr Thake - Dr So and So
Mr Thake - Dr So and So

Mr Thake - Dr So and So, 1959

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Mr Thake - Dr So and So

Eric Thake

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1961

Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street
Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street
Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street

Sunshine and rain, Lygon Street, 1964

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!
Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!
Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!

Epstein/Einstein? I can never remember!, 1962

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

The rock and the flies
The rock and the flies
The rock and the flies

The rock and the flies, 1952

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Van Sommers 2011

Desert Island
Desert Island
Desert Island

Desert Island, 1967

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Peter Van Sommers 2011

Figure in a rocky landscape
Figure in a rocky landscape
Figure in a rocky landscape

Figure in a rocky landscape, 1965

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Peter Van Sommers 2011

Self portrait among the ant hills
Self portrait among the ant hills
Self portrait among the ant hills

Self portrait among the ant hills, 1950

Eric Thake
Portrait, linocut on paper

Gift of Professor Peter Van Sommers 2011

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith
The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith

The painter transmogrified and Mrs Smith, 1973

Eric Smith
Portrait, oil on canvas laid down on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Eric Smith 2019

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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