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. From 1940 to 1943 he served as a captain in the British army in India. On being invalided out he lived in Melbourne and then near Cairns before moving to Darwin. In April 1952 he attempted to sail from Darwin to Dili in Timor on a raft made of softwood and petrol drums. He was presumed lost at sea and an obituary appeared in The Melbourne Herald on 13 May 1952, but thirteen days later he landed on a Timor beach.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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