Sir William Dargie
LESLIE McCONNAN 1950
This work was awarded the Archibald Prize for 1950.
The work is illustrated in 'Archibald Prize: Illustrated', published in 1951, plate 4, detail, plate 6; in 'The Archibald Prize' by Anna Waldmann Art and Australia Summer 1982 edition; and in 'Let's Face It: The History of the Archibald Prize' by Peter Ross, published in 1999.
In 'Let's Face
It', Peter Ross informs us that Dargie's work was one of 86 selected
entries from a total of 175 works submitted for the Archibald Prize.
This was Dargie's sixth Archibald prize-winning portrait, and once again Dargie received harsh treatment from the critics, especially those in Sydney.
Peter Ross notes
in 'Let's Face It' that:
Sir Leslie McConnan, banker was born on 15 June 1887 at the Manse, Benalla, Victoria and after joining the local branch of the National Bank of Australasia in June 1904, eventually succeeded Sir Ernest Wreford as chief manager of the bank on 1 May 1935.
He was president
of the Associated Banks of Victoria, 1938-1939, 1942-1944 and 1947-1949,
and was knighted in 1951.
He retired on 31 July 1952, and he died, following complications after a fall, in the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne on 22 December 1954, and was cremated.
His portrait by William Dargie is held in the National Australia Bank, Melbourne.
Further information on Sir Leslie McConnan can be found in the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography', which also provides references to several other relevant books, and also in the 1950 edition of 'Who's Who in Australia.'
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890