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The Life of Norman Lindsay

Norman Alfred William Lindsay (1879 – 1969) was born one of ten children to Dr and Mrs Charles Lindsay of Creswick, Victoria. Remarkably, five of their progeny became artists of distinction, including Norman who is widely regarded as one of Australia’s best.

From an early age Lindsay demonstrated an outstanding ability to draw. He became the principal cartoonist for the Bulletin magazine, fought many controversies against “wowsers”, particularly defending his right to paint the nude, wrote novels and children’s books including ‘The Magic Pudding” and also made ship models and garden sculptures. His best-known work, however, was the torrent of pen drawings, etchings, watercolours and oil paintings, all of which are represented at the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum in Springwood, New South Wales. His art is widely collected and many works reside within private and corporate collections. In fact, his art continues to climb in value today. In 2002, a record price was attained for one of his oil paintings “Spring’s Innocence”, which sold to the National Gallery of Victoria for $333,900.

Norman Lindsay’s life

Lindsay left his hometown of Creswick at the age of 17 to work with his brother, Lionel as a

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