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(b Bognor Regis, Sussex, 7 Feb. 1912; d Sydney, 29 June 1981). Australian painter of English birth. His family had owned land in Australia since the 1820s and he spent several years of his childhood there. The family settled in Melbourne in 1923 and in the late 1930s Drysdale gave up farming to study art. After moving to Sydney in 1940, he devoted himself full-time to painting and his work became well known throughout Australia during the 1940s.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)