The Artists

Sir William Dargie



Bennett, Rubery Art of Rubery Bennett, with introduction by W. Dargie
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1954.

Dargie, William On Painting a Portrait
London: Artist Publishing, 1957.

Talented Realist Painters and the Establishment by William Dargie -
Letters To The Editor, The Age 19 May 1962.

Mr Sumner's Resignation by William Dargie -
Letters To The Editor, The Age 25 May 1962.

Function of Art Schools by William Dargie -
Letters To The Editor, The Age 12 June 1962.

Pratt, Douglas The Australian artist, Douglas Pratt O.B.E. (1900-1972):
an appreciation of his life and work by fellow artist Sir William Dargie C.B.E. With Douglas Pratt's own story written by him as a biographic sketch prior to his death in 1972.
Artamon, N.S.W. : Published by order of the artist's family by Australian Artist Editions, 1975.

Smyth, Dacre Views of Victoria in the steps of von Guerard: a fifth book of paintings, poetry and prose by Dacre Smyth, with a foreword by Sir William Dargie.
Toorak: D. Smyth, 1984.

Mackenzie, Andrew The Etchings, Lecture Notes and Writings of Victor Cobb 1876-1945 /
compiled and edited by Andrew Mackenzie with Foreword by Sir William Dargie Lilydale:
Pioneer Design Studio, 1987.

Mackenzie, Andrew Frederick McCubbin 1855-1917 : 'The Proff" and his art /
Andrew Mackenzie with Foreword by Robert Bleakkley and Introduction by Sir William Dargie
Lilydale: Mannagum Press, 1990.

Fry, Gavin C. Dudley Wood by Gavin Fry, with a Foreword by Sir William Dargie
Sydney: Beagle Press, 1996.

George Browning: Memorial Retrospective Exhibition Catalogue, with Foreword by Sir William Dargie C.B.E. East Melbourne: Victorian Artists' Society Galleries, 19-29 May 2001.


Exhibition of Paintings: (W.A. Dargie and P. G. Moore).
Athenaeum, July 25 to August 5, [1937].

Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings by W.A. Dargie 30 August to 10 September, [1938]
Studio: 8 Mooltan Avenue, East St. Kilda, S.2.

Landscape and Still-life Paintings by Sir William Dargie: Exhibition.
McClelland Gallery, 4 June-20 July, 1972.

Small Paintings by Sir William Dargie.
David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, November 26-December 7, 1974.

Dargie: 50 Years of Portraits.
Exhibition held at Gallery 499, Roy Morgan Centre, 499 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 28 October-22 November 1985.

Sir William Dargie: Selected Works 1931-1995.
Exhibition held Eastgate Gallery, 158 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Vic., 25th June to 15th July 1995.



The ANZ Art Collection. (Catalogue).
Melbourne: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, 1988.

Archibald Prize: Illustrated. Published for the Board of Trustees National Art Gallery of N.S.W.
Sydney: Australian Artist Editions, 1951.

Artists by artists: portraits of Australian artists by themselves and others.
Sydney: National Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1954.

Australian artists today / edited by Graeme Norris.
Carlton: G. Norris, 2nd ed., 1979, 3rd ed., 1984.

Australian Dictionary of Biography / edited by Bede Nairn, Geoffrey Serle and John Ritchie.
Melbourne University Press, v.1-.

The Australian Encyclopaedia.
Terrey Hills, N.S.W., Australian Geographic, 6th ed., 1996.

Badham, Herbert A Gallery of Australian Art.
Sydney: Currawong Publishing, 1954.

Beasley, Arthur Wynward Portraits of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Melbourne: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 1993.

Campbell, Jean Australian watercolour painters 1780-1980.
Adelaide: Rigby, 1983.

A Catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952 /
edited by Bernard Smith. Sydney: National Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1953.

Choate, Ray Illustration Index to Australian Art: Reproductions in art monographs and exhibition catalogues / compiled by Ray Choate. Bundoora, Vic.: La Trobe University Library, 1990.

Coulson, Helen Story of The Dandenongs 1838-1958.
Melbourne: F.W. Cheshire, 1959 (rep. 1968).

Craig, Edward D. Australian art auction records - all editions.
Sydney: Ure Smith, 1975-

Daly, Mary (Dame) Holidays at Hillydale / Dame Mary Daly D.B.E. Clayton: Wilke and Company for Yooralla Hospital School for Crippled Children, [1973].

The Encyclopedia of Australian Art / Alan McCulloch, revised and updated by Susan McCulloch.
New South Wales: Allen & Unwin, 1994. (Also in 1st ed., 1977 and 2nd ed., 1984).

ESSO Collection of Australian art: Catalogue / arranged by A.J. Wagg Pty. Ltd.,
Sydney, 1965?

Finley, Donald J. Modern Australian Painting.
London: Beaverbrook Newspapers, 1962.

Germaine, Max Artists and Galleries of Australia.
Sydney: Boolarong Publications, 1984.

Germaine, Max Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand.
Sydney: Lansdowne Editions, 1979.

Haese, Richard Rebels and Precursors: The Revolutionary Years of Australian Art.
London: Allen Lane, 1981.

Hart, Deborah John Olsen. Roseville East,
New South Wales: Craftsman House, 1991.

Hetherington, John Australian Painters: Forty Profiles.
Melbourne: F.W. Cheshire, 1963 (rep. 1967).

Horrie Dargie - To Celebrate The Life of Horrie Dargie 7/7/1917-30/8/1999. (small booklet).

James, G.F. Walhalla Heyday / G.F. James and C.G. Lee.
Walhalla: Graham Publications, 1975.

Johnson, Joseph Laughter and the Love of Friends: A Centenary History of the Melbourne Savage Club 1894-1994, and A History of the Yorick Club 1868-1966.
Melbourne: Melbourne Savage Club, 1994.

Khaki and Green: With the Australian Army at Home and Overseas.
Canberra, A.C.T.: Australian War Memorial, 1943. (Illustrations of many of Dargie's works (B3/59) including Frontispiece.)

The Kokoda Track [chart] / text by James Morrison.
Sydney: The Australian, [1992].

Kroeger, John Renniks Australian artists.
Adelaide: Renniks & Co., 1968.

Lack, John A History of Footscray.
North Melbourne: Hargreen, 1991.

Laurence H. Ledger Collection. Australian Paintings: Colonial-Contemporary.
Benalla: Benalla Art Gallery, 1987.

McDonald, Jan Australian Artists' Index / Compiled by Jan McDonald.
Sydney: ARLIZ/ANZ, 1986.

McEacharn, Neil Contemporary Australian Art / Collected by Neil McEacharn.
Sydney: Ure Smith, 1945.

Malloch, H. W. Fellows All: The Chronicles of the Bread and Cheese Club, Melbourne.
Melbourne: Bread and Cheese Club, 1943.

Masterpieces of the Australian War Memorial / Gavin Fry and Anne Gray.
Adelaide: Rigby, 1982.

100 Famous Australian Lives.
Dee Why West, New South Wales: Paul Hamlyn, 1969.

Perry, Peter Max Meldrum & Associates: Their Art, Lives and Influences / By Peter and John Perry. Castlemaine: Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, 1996.

Reid, John Australian Artists at War / compiled from the Australian War Memorial Collection.
Volume 2: 1940-1970. South Melbourne: Sun Books, 1977.

Ross, Peter Let's Face It: the history of the Archibald Prize.
Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1999.

Sir Leon and Lady Trout Collection. (Everton House, Everton Park, Brisbane.).
Catalogue, Christie's Australia 6-7 June 1989.

Small, Alison Art and artists of Australia.
South Melbourne: Macmillan, 1981.

Smith, Bernard Australian Painting 1788-1960.
London: Oxford University Press, 1962.

Smith, Bernard Noel Counihan: Artist and Revolutionary.
Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Soldiering On: The Australian Army at Home and Overseas.
Canberra, A.C.T.: Australian War Memorial, 1942.

A Tribute to Victor Cobb 1876-1945: A Retrospective Exhibition Curated by Andrew Mackenzie.
Bundoora: La Trobe University Gallery, 1985.

Who's Who in Australia, all editions from 1944 onwards.



W.A. Dargie awarded George Mackay Commemoration Prize on 19th January 1942 by Bendigo Art Gallery Committee. Bendigo Advertiser 20 January 1942.
(Further articles on the Mackay Prize appeared in The Argus 20 January 1942, and the Sydney Morning Herald 20 January 1942, p.4.)

Portraits that Won the Archibald Prize Represent Work of Eminent Australian Artists - And Provide Interesting Comparisons in Portraiture During the Last 10 Years. The Australasian 5 February 1944, pp.10-11.

Prizes and Critics: The Red Page. The Bulletin 16 February 1944, p.2.

Gallery Art School Criticism. Herald, Melbourne 14 January 1946.

Art Criticism. Herald, Melbourne 16 January 1946.

Archibald Prize To W. Dargie. Herald, Melbourne 18 January 1946.

Archibald Prize To War Artist. The Argus 19 January 1946.

Archibald Prize: The Red Page. The Bulletin 30 January 1946.

Archibald Prize to Victoria - William Dargie's Fourth Success. The Argus 18 January 1947.

Dargie Wins Archibald Prize For Fourth Time. Sydney Morning Herald 18 January 1947.

Mediocrity In Art Exhibition. Daily Telegraph 18 January 1947.

Melbourne Artist Wins 1946 Archibald Prize. Daily Telegraph 18 January 1947.

William Dargie Hits Modern Art - And Sydney Critics. Herald, Melbourne 18 January 1947.

"Modern Art" Misused and Misleading, Says Director. Herald, Melbourne 20 January 1947.

Sydney Artists Criticise Dargie. Daily Telegraph 21 January 1947.

ART "DELUSIONS": Modern School Slated. Prizewinner Hits Critics. [no ref.] January 1947.

Archibald Prize Portrait: Restrained Art Wins, by The Age Art Critic. The Age 21 January 1947.

Our Best Artists Go To Sydney, says Sydney critic, H. Tatlock Miller. The Sun, Melbourne 25 January 1947.

If You Want To Be Rich, Don't Paint!, by Clive Turnbull, the Herald Art Critic. Herald, Melbourne 2 August 1947.

[William Dargie has won five Archibald Prizes]. The Bulletin 4 February 1948.

The Art Critic Takes a Poor View, by Laurence Thomas. Herald, Melbourne 10 December 1949.

Big Art Prize to Dargie. Daily Telegraph 20 January 1951, p.7.

Portrait was of early 'customer'. Herald, Melbourne 20 January 1951.

Dobell should have won prize, art fans claim. The Argus 22 January 1951.

Around the Galleries. The Age 29 March 1952.

Most Prize Awards No Fillip to Art, by Alan McCulloch, The Herald Art Critic. Herald, Melbourne 24 January 1953.

William Dargie Wins Seventh Archibald Prize. The Age 24 January 1953.

Proud says wife of Dargie's sitter. [no ref.] January 1953.

Hostile Reaction to Art Award. The Age 26 January 1953.

Three Cheers for Picasso, by Alan McCulloch, the Herald Art Critic. Herald, Melbourne 27 January 1953.

Two Groups of Artists, by I. Fawcett. The Age 2 February 1953.

The Archibald Argunent, by Alan McCulloch. Herald, Melbourne 3 February 1953.

The Archibald Prize Awards, by E. Buckmaster. The Age 3 February 1953.

Competitions for Artists, by Eric Stephensen. The Age 11 February 1953.

Two Prizes for Artists, by E. Buckmaster. The Age 14 February 1953.

Melbourne Artist to Advise Govt. The Age 25 February 1953.

"Painting in Australia has now reached its lowest point…" The Argus 14 April 1954?

For Australia. New York Herald Tribune 16 January 1955.

"Passing The Mug": A Ceremony That Melbourne Artists Began. The Age 31 December 1955.

Presentation of Portrait by Mr William Dargie of Miss C.S. Montgomery, First Principal, Melbourne Girls' High School, Saturday October 27, 1956. (Official Program).

A Vanished aristocracy, by Alan McCulloch. Herald, Melbourne 23 January 1957.

Dargie Portrait for Brisbane. The Age 15 May 1957.

Cartoonist Wep wins Archibald. Herald, Melbourne 12 December 1958.

'A Charity Art Show which will aid a Y.M.C.A. appeal…'. The Age 19 February 1960.

William Dargie: He Portrays And Apologises To None. Australian Artists In Profile, by John Hetherington. The Age 30 December 1961.

Artists Discuss a Picture. The Age 16 May 1962, p. 5.

Gallery Not Adverse to Realists, But Looks for Quality (According to Mr Eric Westbrook). The Age 17 May 1962, p.7.

Summing Up The "Cavalry" and "Nuclear" Schools on Art, by J.D.G. Medley. The Age 3 June 1962.

Bid to Enchain Art, Says Mr Dargie. Herald, Melbourne 2 September 1962.

Papua & New Guinea Society of Victoria. Newsletter, November 1969.

Minister's book to carry portrait by Sir William Dargie. Whitehorse Standard, Canterbury, Vic. 30 May 1972.

Dargie paintings for McClelland. Peninsula Post, Mornington, Vic. 31 May 1972.

Dargie's Still Lifes on show. Peninsula Post, Mornington, Vic. 7 June 1972.

Painter talks about Art and Pot, by David Rowbotham. Courier Mail, Brisbane 11 July 1972.

Art's place in framework of everyday life: "On the Spot", with Ted Crofts. Telegraph, Brisbane 12 July 1972.

Famous Artist is Festival Patron. Advertiser, Footscray, Vic. 4 October 1972.

Portrait of the artist as a businessman: Sir William Dargie talks to Neil Jillett. Herald, Melbourne 20 February 1973.

He was a late starter, but success came very early. Dargie: Artist By Accident. Sunday Mail, Brisbane 25 March 1973.

'Brush with the past…'. West Australian 15 June 1973.

Dargie general's sitting pretty. The Sun 15 June 1973.

Dargie painting of General MacArthur found in garage, by Laurie Thomas. The Australian 15 June 1973.

A forgotten picture comes back. Times, Canberra 15 June 1973.

Lavatory 'Archibald'. Sydney Morning Herald 15 June 1973.

Lavatory door is a work of art! Daily Telegraph, Sydney 15 June 1973, p.17.

Party art. The Age 15 June 1973.

Soldier sat for portrait. The Advertiser, Adelaide 15 June 1973.

Well…it was "a moment of youthful folly": A Dargie to aid Church. Courier-Mail, Brisbane 15 June 1973.

Dargie's MacArthur up for sale today. The Australian 16 June 1973.

This is a reproduction of 'The General on the Lavatory'… The Age 16 June 1973.

Dargie "door" special unsold. Sunday Mail, Brisbane 17 June 1973.

$5900 for the dearest loo door in the world. Sunday Sun, Brisbane 17 June 1973.

General's painting meets its Waterloo! Sunday Mirror, Sydney 17 June 1973.

How much is that Dargie? Sunday Telegraph, Sydney 17 June 1973.

'Dargie Door Unsold'. Post, Cairns, Qld. 18 June 1973.

Lavatory portrait passed in. The Sun 18 June 1973.

Picture Passed In. Sydney Morning Herald 18 June 1973.

Sir William's loo portrait is passed in. The Age 18 June 1973.

$5000 in 'door' bid. Courier-Mail, Brisbane 19 June 1973.

$5000 offer for painting too late. Times, Canberra 19 June 1973.

Dargie Opens Contest. Gazette, Nunawading, Vic. 20 June 1973.

'Brisbane. The fate of Sir William Dargie's lavatory door…'. Herald, Melbourne 21 June 1973.

Outhouse art bids. Telegraph, Brisbane 21 June 1973.

Tablelands may keep Mac on his loo seat. Sunday Sun, Brisbane 24 June 1973.

Dargie as Art Judge. Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs, N.T. 28 June 1973.

Dargie painting sale is clinched. Post, Cairns, Qld. 3 July 1973.

Bill Dargie (back at the "Tech") praises old teacher. Mail, Sunshine, Vic. 11 July 1973.

'The famed "Dargie painting" on a toilet door…'. Post, Cairns, Qld. 13 July 1973.

The $7000 sitting. Saturday Evening Mercury, Hobart 14 July 1973.

On Display. Courier-Mail, Brisbane 8 August 1973.

Yellow light for Dargie painting. Sydney Morning Herald 8 August 1973.

Plates for Opening (of the Sydney Opera House). Times, Canberra 20 September 1973.

Dargie hits at PM on art aid. The Age 5 November 1973.

Sir William will judge (Ryecroft Wines Award). The Age 2 July 1977.

Exhibits under artist's eye. The Age 16 August 1977.

Artist: Quantity up, quality down. Herald, Melbourne 21 March 1980.

The Archibald Prize, by Anna Waldmann. Art and Australia vol. 20, no.2, Summer 1982, pp.213-236.

Namatjira in his own landscape by Patrick McCaughey. The Age 11 July 1984.

Sir William Dargie interviewed (at the unveiling of the portrait of the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Ward). The University of Sydney. The Gazette and Letter to Graduates vol.4, no.13, September 1985.

An Aussie master mellows, by Caroline Baum. Herald, Melbourne 17 October 1985.

Gone but not forgotten. (Intelligencer, edited by Peter Blazey). The Bulletin 22 October 1985.

Sir William Dargie: Portrait of a Unique Artist. The Australian Women's Weekly December 1995, pp.97 and 99.

Drawing for teeth. The Sun 20 April 1988, p.11.

Meeting an angry artist: (Knights of the '90s), by Laurence Money. The Sunday Age 11 February 1990, p.5.

Medal a rare Honor, by Kamahl Cogdon. The Sun ? 1990.

'Dargie and his Humphries piece…' ? ? August 1990.

For Sale By Tender: Magnificent portrait in oil: Sir Robert Gordon Menzies by Sir William Dargie. Advertisement appeared in the Australian Financial Review, and The Age 24 September 1991.

Dargie daubs the uncommon with a common touch, by Bryce Hallett. The Australian 5 June 1992, p.5.

Great unknown in retrospect, (review by Robert Nelson of Sir William Dargie's exhibition at Eastgate Gallery). The Age 28 June 1995, p.23.

Sir William Dargie: Selected Works 1931-1995, Eastgate Gallery, by Robert Rooney. The Australian 7 July 1995, p.12.

Knight Vision, by Jan Borrell. 'Weekend' Herald Sun 8 July 1995, p.3.

Dargie takes a job with honor, by Bob Hart. Herald Sun 21 March 1997.

Through a glass, Dargie, by Barry Dickens. The Age (Extra Features) 5 April 1997, p.6.

National treasure under threat. Progress Press 20 July 1998.

Art great fights for studio light, by Amanda Ruben. Herald Sun 28 July 1998.

IDA LOWNDES: A pioneer in education - Obituaries. (Herald Sun 16 March 1999)?

Bush pilot fits the image, by Terry Brown. Herald Sun 23 March 1999.

Collective traditions, by Shaunagh O'Connor. Herald Sun 4 August 1999, p.32.

Artist chalks up 88 years, by John Hamilton. Herald Sun 3 June 2000, p.11.

"Sir William Dargie: 88 years and eight Archibalds", by John Hamilton. Weekend Focus. Herald Sun 3 June 2000, pp.25-26.

Noble Savage duo speak for their supper, by John Hamilton. A Moveable Feast: The Melbourne Savage Club 14 June 2000, (p.2).

Master paints true picture on portrait. Herald Sun ? July 2000.

Dargie digs in. Progress Press ? September 2001.

'William of the Wattle', by John Hamilton. Herald Sun 2 February 2002, p.25.



VICTORIA Births. William Alexander Dargie. Register Number: 20379.

M.B.A. Anderson Collection of News Clippings held at the Ballarat Regional Library. 5 volumes: 1930's-1960's.

National Gallery of Victoria. Library. Vertical File under Sir William Dargie.

State Library of Victoria. File under Sir William Dargie, Papers ca.1964-1983. Call no. Box 3561/6.

Personal discussions with Sir William Dargie, and his children, Roger and Faye.

Left: Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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