An image of Sydney Ure Smith OBE

W B McInnes

(Australia 1889 – 1939)

Sydney Ure Smith OBE

Other titles:
Sydney Ure Smith
Not on display
Further information

Sydney Ure Smith (1887–1949) was influential in promoting Australian art to a broader public during the first half of the twentieth century. In 1906 he founded the advertising company of Smith and Julius, incorporating quality art and design with technically advanced printing. He then founded the periodicals 'Art in Australia' (1916) and 'Home' (1920) and established the publishing company Ure Smith Pty Ltd in 1934, producing numerous texts of key significance to Australian art. President of the Society of Artists 1921–48, trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales 1927–47, patron of many artists, and active in numerous positions of influence, he was himself a competent practising artist.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

This work was a finalist in the 1922 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1929.

oil on canvas
95.5 x 84.2 cm stretcher; 108.7 x 98.2 x 7.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Sydney Ure Smith 1929
Accession number