W. Lister Lister
William Lister Lister (27 December 1859 - 6 November 1943) was an Australian painter who won the Wynne Prize seven times.
He was born in Manly, a suburb of Sydney. At the age of eight he moved with his parents to Yorkshire, England, spent a year in France and finally Glasgow, Scotland, where he studied mechanical engineering (1876–80) at the College of Science and Arts and at the Fairfield Engineering Works. There he joined the St Mungo Art Club, exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy at the age of seventeen.
After serving four years at sea as a ship's engineer, he settled in London, where he began painting professionally as well as teaching. He returned to Sydney in 1888 where he began producing the seascapes and coastal scenes for which he is best known.
He joined the Art Society (later Royal Art Society), and remained with that organization through its many upheavals, exhibiting from 1899.
He died as the result of a traffic accident, after being struck by a taxi.
Wynne Prize wins
- 1898 - 'The Last Gleam'
- 1906 - 'The Golden Splendour of the Bush'
- 1910 - 'Mid Song of Birds and Insects Murmuring
- 1912 - 'Sydney Harbour'
- 1913 - 'Federal Capital Site'
- 1917 - 'Windswept Marshes'
- 1925 - 'Track through the Bush'
- Commonwealth Government prize for painting of Federal Capital site
- McCulloch, Alan. Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson Ltd London 1968. Page 332
- McCulloch, Alan and Susan. Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 3rd Edition, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994. Page 432
- Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 336
- Clifford-Smith, Silas. 'William Lister Lister', Dictionary of Australian Artists Online (peer reviewed biography), , accessed 2010-01-02
- Link to the watercolour, 'The Federal Capital site, Canberra, Australia, 1913', at National Library of Australia
- Link to the oil on canvas, 'Canberra, 1912', at National Library of Australia
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