W. Lister Lister

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William Lister Lister (27 December 1859 – 6 November 1943) was an Australian painter who won the Wynne Prize seven times.

He was born in Manly, a suburb of Sydney. At the age of eight he moved with his parents to Yorkshire, England, spent a year in France and finally Glasgow, Scotland, where he studied mechanical engineering (1876–80) at the College of Science and Arts and at the Fairfield Engineering Works. There he joined the St Mungo Art Club, exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy at the age of seventeen.[1]

After serving four years at sea as a ship's engineer, he settled in London,[1] where he began painting professionally as well as teaching, he returned to Sydney in 1888 where he began producing the seascapes and coastal scenes for which he is best known.

He joined the Art Society (later Royal Art Society), and remained with that organization through its many upheavals, exhibiting from 1899.[1]

In 1898 he exhibited successfully at an Exhibition of Australian Art at the Grafton Galleries, London.[1]

In 1900 he was appointed a trustee of the National Gallery of New South Wales and served as vice-president from 1919–43.[1]

He was a regular exhibitor at Anthony Hordern's art gallery from 1919–40.[1] Margaret Preston cited him as an early influence.

He died as the result of a traffic accident, after being struck by a taxi in Sydney.[1][2]

Wynne Prize wins[edit]

  • 1898 - The Last Gleam
  • 1906 - The Golden Splendour of the Bush
  • 1910 - Mid Song of Birds and Insects Murmuring
  • 1912 - Sydney Harbour
  • 1913 - Federal Capital Site
  • 1917 - Windswept Marshes
  • 1925 - Track through the Bush

Other awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100105b.htm
  2. ^ "Artist Killed By Taxi". The Sydney Morning Herald. NSW: National Library of Australia. 8 November 1943. p. 6. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  • McCulloch, Alan. Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Hutchinson Ltd London 1968. Page 332
  • McCulloch, Alan and Susan. Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 3rd Edition, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994. Page 432
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 336
  • Clifford-Smith, Silas. 'William Lister Lister', Dictionary of Australian Artists Online (peer reviewed biography), [1], accessed 2010-01-02

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