Ernest Buckmaster

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Ernest William Buckmaster (1897–1968) Australian artist born in Victoria who won the Archibald Prize in 1932 with a portrait of Sir William Irvine.

Buckmaster studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne [1][permanent dead link]. He became a painter of traditional portraits and landscapes with a substantial workrate.

His work has been widely popular in Australia and New Zealand; public art galleries in Australia and New Zealand hold large collections of his work. Buckmaster disliked modern art, publicly denigrating it in letters to a newspaper.

Buckmaster was a Second World War official war artist for the Australian military's Military History Section [2]. Part of his duties took him to Singapore [3].

Buckmaster's work is on loan to The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne.

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Preceded by
John Longstaff
Archibald Prize
for Sir William Irvine
Succeeded by
Charles Wheeler