DARGIE, William;

Sir James Fletcher I

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Oil on canvas
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.

Exhibition History

Representation and Reaction: Modernism and the New Zealand Landscape Tradition 1956–1977, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua, Whanganui, 31 August to 27 October 2002 (toured)

The Fletcher Trust Collection is one of the largest curated private collections of Aotearoa art. The Trust makes works available online as well as via exhibitions initiated by public art institutions and by the Trust itself.

The Fletcher Trust
Private Bag 92114
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


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