London: Thames and Hudson, c. 1964. Quarto (285 x 237 mm.), 208 pp., 32 colour plates and 118 black and white plates, bibliography, exhibitions list, original cloth in col. ill. dustjacket. Good, light soiling to endpapers and light foxing throughout, all edges browned, top edge marked, dust jacket foxed on verso, price clipped, worn on front spine edge, dust jacket upper spine and upper front corners chipped, now protected by mylar wrapper. Signed on the title page by William Dobell and James Gleeson. Good / fair. Item #653
Best known for his portraits, Sir William Dobell (1899 - 1970) won the Archibald Prize three times. The 1943 winning work, a portrait of artist Joshua Smith, caused an uproar, with two unsuccessful entrants bringing a court action to have the award overturned on the grounds that the work was a caricature, not a portrait. However, the award stood, but not without consequences for Dobell who lost confidence in his work. He turned to landscape, winning the Wynn Prize for Landscape in 1948 when he also again won the Archibald with a portrait of artist Margaret Olley. From 1949 he spent a good deal of time in New Guinea. James Gleeson (1915-2008) was an important Australian surrealist artist in his own right who also wrote extensively about Australian art and artists.