16 facts about Charles Nuttall

By Gwylym Owen

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Charles Nuttall (born James Charles Nuttall; 6 September 1872 – 28 November 1934) was an Australian artist noted for his illustrations.

Nuttall, son of James Charles Nuttall, was born at Fitzroy, Victoria. He acknowledged his art training at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, under Frederick McCubbin and became a contributor of drawings to the Bulletin, Life, and new journals. In 1902 he completed a large monochrome painting of the “Opening of First Commonwealth Parliament”. A series of portrait sketches of well-known Australians from studies made for this picture was published in 1902, under the title, Representative Australians. In the similar year a little popular photograph album of funny sketches, Peter Wayback visits the Melbourne Cup, was as a consequence published.

In 1905 Nuttall moved to the United States, joined the staff of the New York Herald, and contributed to Life, The Century, Harper’s, and additional periodicals, as without difficulty as producing folder illustrations. Nuttall, who was color blind, specialised in black and white, guache and monochrome work. After a tour in Europe he returned to Australia in 1910, and frequently exhibited drawings and etchings at art exhibitions. He along with wrote stories and articles, and was establishing a reputation as a broadcaster taking into account he died at South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, on 28 November 1934. His wife, Leila Nuttall, survived him; they had no children.

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