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Herbert Gallop was born in Gunning, New South Wales in 1890 and became an apprentice sign-writer before studying at the Sydney Art School under Julian Ashton. Gallop served in World War I with other young artists Adrian Feint, Norman Lloyd and HG Gibbons. In 1924, the four founded the Younger Group of Australian Artists.
Gallop’s works, many of which were landscapes painted around Sydney and throughout New South Wales, are characterised by exuberant colours from a broad palette. In this self-portrait, Gallop’s expression of measured calm is set against glimmers of light and colour filtering through from the window behind.