The Boy Adeodatus: The portrait of a lucky young bastard by Bernard Smith

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September 1984, no. 64
Warren Osmond reviews 'The Boy Adeodatus: The portrait of a lucky young bastard' by Bernard Smith

The Boy Adeodatus: The portrait of a lucky young bastard

by Bernard Smith

Allen Lane, 302 pp, $19.95

The Boy Adeodatus: The portrait of a lucky young bastard by Bernard Smith

by
September 1984, no. 64

In the penultimate chapter of his memoir, Bernard Smith describes a meeting of the Sydney Teachers College Art Club, an institution he founded and later transformed into the leftist NSW Teachers Federation Art Society. The group was addressed in 1938 by Julian Ashton, then aged eighty-seven and very much the grand old man of Sydney painting and art education. He spoke at great length on the inadequacy of the NSW Education Department’s art teaching practices. Smith adds that Ashton also ‘told his life story (as old men will)’.

Warren Osmond reviews 'The Boy Adeodatus: The portrait of a lucky young bastard' by Bernard Smith

The Boy Adeodatus: The portrait of a lucky young bastard

by Bernard Smith

Allen Lane, 302 pp, $19.95

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