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William Dobell William Dobell i(A62145 works by)
Born: Established: 24 Sep 1899 Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 13 May 1970 Wangi Wangi, Toronto area, Lake Macquarie area, Central Coast, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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'Sir William Dobell (1899-1970), painter, was born on 24 September 1899, at Newcastle, New South Wales, sixth surviving and youngest child of native-born parents Robert Dobell, bricklayer, and his wife Margaret Emma, née Wrightson. Educated at Cooks Hill Commercial Public School, where his teacher John Walker encouraged him to draw, in 1916 Bill became a draughtsman for the local architect, Wallace Lintott Porter. After Porter fell ill in 1923, Dobell found temporary employment for eight weeks at Narrandera before moving to Sydney to work for Wunderlich Ltd, manufacturers of building materials. In 1924 he enrolled at Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School, increasing his attendance at classes from three nights a week to include Saturday afternoons and then Sundays; he worked hard, as he later said, to impress his teacher Henry Gibbons.'

Most Referenced Works


Personal Awards

1959 winner Archibald Prize for Dr Edward MacMahon

Awards for Works

Margaret Olley 1948 single work art work
1948 winner Archibald Prize
Mr Joshua Smith 1943 single work art work
1943 winner Archibald Prize
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Influence on:
The Narrows Beach Greg Bogaerts , 2003 single work short story
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