Collection Online
29.5 × 21.8 × 24.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Adelaide, South Australia
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Lady Grounds, Member, 1993
© Courtesy of the artist’s estate
Gallery location
Level 2, NGV Australia

Adelaide-born John Dowie was drawn to the art of sculpture in his teens after discovering the work of British sculptor Jacob Epstein.

Dowie studied at the South Australian School of Art and undertook further training in London and France, where he learnt sculpting in stone and bronze casting. Following his return to Adelaide, Dowie was engaged with numerous commissions for portraits, memorials and civic projects. His bronze bust of Sir Roy Grounds, architect of the National Gallery of Victoria building on St Kilda Road, was commissioned by the subject’s wife, Lady Grounds, in 1990.