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Scottish-born Australian painter. After serving in the British army in the First World War, he studied intermittently at the *Slade School, 1919–24, then travelled the world. In 1934 he visited Melbourne, where he obtained a commission to paint a mural for the Menzies Hotel. Because it was compared unfavourably with the work of *Brangwyn, he destroyed it and boarded a ship bound for the Philippines the following morning.

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