DARGIE, William

Portrait of Sir James Fletcher I

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1968
Oil
750 x 600mm

Born in Melbourne the artist made his name as a painter of commissioned portraits such as this one. He studied in Melbourne and in Europe and was an official war artist in World War II. He was Director of the National Art Gallery of Victoria from 1946–53 and executed a number of commissioned portraits of members of the British royal family during that period. Dargie was in New Zealand as judge of the Kelliher Art Prize on four occasions. He was awarded the OBE in 1957.