Collection Item 

Gayfield Shaw 1918

By William Beckwith McInnes

This portrait of commercial gallery director, Gayfield Shaw, shows one of the most prominent members of the Sydney art scene, post-World War I. Shaw was also a skilled printmaker who took a leading role in establishing the nation’s first etching society.

The artist, successful portrait painter William Beckwith McInnes won the Archibald Prize seven times for his traditional style paintings. McInnes occasionally exhibited in Shaw’s gallery, holding an exhibition of Victorian landscapes, for example, in 1920.

Although McInnes was often criticised for his conservative style, this intense image is a striking portrait.

Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 953
Published date:
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries

Historical Dates

Started Tuesday, 1 January 1918
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1918