Collection Item 

Percy Reginald Stephensen 1943

By Robert Grothey

Little is known of artist Robert Grothey, whose portrait of writer, publisher and editor Percy Reginald ‘Inky’ Stephensen was painted at the Tatura internment camp. With painting materials in short supply, Grothey used thinly-applied oil paint to create a transparent appearance. 

As a co-founder in 1941 of the nationalist Australia First Movement, Stephensen was considered a risk to Australian national security and in 1942, he and other members of the movement, were arrested under the National Security Act. Stephensen spent the remainder of World War II in internment.

Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 567
Published date:
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Copyright restrictions may apply: Copyright expired where creator died before 1955. Works in copyright for life of creator plus 70 years

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries

Historical Dates

Started Friday, 1 January 1943
Finished Friday, 31 December 1943