Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught & Strathearn (1850-1942) Field Marshal, Governor-General of Canada, son of Queen Victoria (1930; 1930)
Oil on canvas
James Peter Quinn (4 December 1869 – 18 February 1951) was an Australian portrait painter born in MelbourneHe studied part-time under Frederick McCubbin 1887–1999, at the Melbourne National Gallery School under George Folingsby and Bernard Hall 1889–1893, then in Paris at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts from 1893–1901 under Jean Paul Laurens aided by a National Gallery of Victoria travelling scholarship. He spent time painting at the Etaples art colony in northern France, alongside other Australians including Rupert Bunny and Hilda Rix Nicholas.By 1904 he was a highly successful portrait painter and exhibited with the Royal Academy of Arts. His Mère et Fils (of his wife and son), was awarded an honourable mention at the Old Salon, Paris, in 1912. He was commissioned to paint Joseph Chamberlain, the Duchess of York and the Duke of Windsor.He was accredited official war artist for the First AIF during World War I, painting prominent officers in France (causing considerable friction with authorities and fellow artists), then from 1919 with Canadian War Records, only returning to Australia in December 1935 after the death of son René. He rejoined the highly conservative Victorian Artists Society, and was even president for a year, but his openness to modern art made him no friends, and was the basis of a public confrontation with Prime Minister Robert Menzies.In 1937, Quinn was elected president of the Victorian Art School, a position he held until his death in 1951, and taught at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. A commemorative exhibition at the Victorian Centre of the Arts in 1980 enhanced his posthumous reputation.
Oil on canvas