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Patrick White 1965

By Desmond Digby

Artist and stage designer Desmond Digby enjoyed a long friendship with Australian author Patrick White. White collected Digby’s work, commissioned him to produce covers for three of his books, and dedicated his 1976 novel, A Fringe of Leaves, to Digby.

This painting is a study for Digby’s large portrait of White, which was a finalist in the 1965 Archibald Prize. The finished portrait is held by the Art Gallery of NSW.

In 1973 the Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to White ‘for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature’.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on board
Call Number:
ML 813
Published date:
1965
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Copyright status: In copyright - Life of artist plus 70 years

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Friday, 1 January 1965
Finished Friday, 31 December 1965