Edward Caruana Dingli (artist)

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1922 £1 stamp from the Melita issue, which was designed by Caruana Dingli

Edward Caruana Dingli (Valletta, Malta 1876–1950) was a Maltese painter.[1]

His parents were Raphael Caruana Dingli and Martha Caruana Dingli. He followed his father in embarking on a career in the civil service, where he was commissioned to the Royal Malta Regiment of Militia, and later he transferred to the Royal Malta Artillery.[2] He left military service in 1913 and became a full-time artist at the age of 37.[3] Due to being born into an artistic family and being well connected with the Maltese elite as well as British government in Malta, Caruana Dingli found work as an artist through his family connections with the art scene in Malta as well as the political class of the country.[4]

His work incorporates portrait paintings in oil where his main subjects were prominent Maltese figures such as politicians, clerics and prelates. On the other hand, Caruana Dingli also painted folkloristic watercolour and gouaches paintings depicting Maltese landscape, countrysides and local street scenes with merchant sellers, farmers and children playing traditional Maltese games. His work may be found in a number of collections such as the Casino Maltese and the National Museum of Fine Arts nowadays known as MUŻA at Auberge d'Italie. Giuseppe Calì, who was Caruana Dingli's mentor and close friend, encouraged Caruana Dingli to focus his work on realism whilst holding a romantic idealism.[5] [6]


  1. ^ Caruana Dingli, Gordon. "Edward Caruana Dingli". Geni. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Caruana Dingli, Gordon. "Major Raphael Caruana Dingli". Geni. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Edward Caruana Dingli (1876-1950) - Portraits, Views and Folkloristic Scenes". Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. ^ Ayling, Liz. "A Maltese artistic great: Edward Caruana Dingli exhibition". Malta Inside Out. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ Dalli, Kim. "Caruana Dingli paintings under the hammer". Times of Malta. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Edward Caruana Dingli (1876 – 1950)". Belgravia Auction Gallery. Retrieved 9 March 2019.