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Norman Carter (1875-1963)
The Pool, Austinmer N.S.W. 1927
oil on wood, 26.6 x 33.6 cm
Gift of Mrs. A.L. McGlew 1941

 

Norman Carter studied art in evening classes at the National Gallery School in Melbourne while earning a living as an apprentice to a stained-glass window craftsman. In 1903 he  moved to Sydney and set up his own  studio. A competent and fashionable portraitist, he painted many of the eminent figures of his day. He taught at Sydney Technical College and in the architecture department at Sydney University. He was noted for his mural paintings at Sydney University, the Rural Bank and the Maritime Services Board,  and was commissioned to create memorial windows in churches, colleges and government buildings. The range of his talents was on display at the Armidale Teachers' College with two commissioned stained-glass windows, several portraits as well as landscape paintings.

This painting depicts four small figures playing at the ocean baths in northern Wollongong. They are dwarfed by the crashing wave spray flying high into the air. The cloudy grey sky dominates the image.

Mrs Alice Lane McGlew (nee Walker), was a friend of Howard Hinton. Inspired by her friend's generosity to the Armidale Teachers' College, she also donated two Carter beachscape paintings of Austinmer.