Artists / William Dunn Knox

(1880 – 1945)

Painter - Post Heidelberg School. Born in Adelaide in 1880. He enrolled under Bernard Hall from 1917 – 1921 at the National Gallery School, where he won a coveted prize for drawing. In 1918 he became a member of the Victorian Artists Society and later a member of the society’s council. In 1919 he became a member of the Australian Artists’ Association with whom he held his first solo exhibition.  As living solely from art is precarious for most artists, Knox worked in a managerial position with the steel company Eagle and Globe. Knox Plein Aire painting followed the tradition of the Heidelberg painters. Most of his paintings started as sketches or colour notes done on location and were later finished in his Heidelberg studio. In the 1929 catalogue forward to his exhibition Streeton wrote ‘there is something alluring and almost lyrical about many of Mr Knox’s small paintings’.  Knox became a founding member of the Australian Academy of Art, formed in 1937, an anti-modernist group chaired by the then attorney general, Robert Menzies.  His works are represented in the National Art Gallery, Canberra, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, museums and art galleries of the Northern Territory, Art Museum Armidale, Bendigo Art Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Perth and the University of Melbourne collection.


Hawkesbury River 1958 by William Dunn Knox

Hawkesbury River

oil on board


Purchase for $4,000.00