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Joshua Smith


Joshua Smith (1905-1995) studied art at the East Sydney Technical College and Julian Ashton School. During the Second World War he worked in the army on camouflage along with William Dobell and other artists.

Dobell won the Archibald Prize in 1943 with a portrait of Joshua Smith. This became controversial when two artists challenged the award in court, claiming the work was a caricature rather than a portrait.

The following year, Joshua Smith won the Archibald Prize with a portrait of The Honourable J. S. Rosevear, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Joshua Smith was an active member of the Drummoyne Art Society and his portrait by Yve Close hangs in the City of Canada Bay Council Chambers. Yve also wrote his biography, Joshua Smith, artist which is available for loan from City of Canada Bay libraries.

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Drummoyne Art Society and the occasion will be marked with special exhibitions at Five Dock Library, 1-20 July, Drummoyne Civic Hall, Marlborough Street, Drummoyne, 5-13 July and Concord Library, 22 July-3 August.