Collection 2021/2 - Portrait of Dan Sprod

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Portrait of Dan Sprod


  • c1985 (Creation)

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framed oil on canvas 93 x 110cm.

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Max Rupert Angus AM, FRSA (30 October 1914 – 21 February 2017) was an Australian painter, best known for his watercolour paintings of Tasmanian landscapes.
He was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1914. In 1931, he studied art at Hobart Technical College and worked as a sign writer. He later moved to Melbourne to start a commercial art studio with his brother, Don. In 1942, Angus enlisted in the army during World War II, working as the head of the map drafting room in the intelligence department. Discharged in 1945, he returned to Hobart where he worked in several artistic media and endeavours, but ended up concentrating on watercolour paintings of the Tasmanian landscape.
In 1967, Angus was one of several Tasmanian artists and photographers who protested the proposed flooding of Lake Pedder by documenting the original state of the lake in art and photographs. When the photographer Olegas Truchanas drowned in the Gordon River in 1972, Angus wrote a definitive tribute to his friend, The World of Olegas Truchanas, published in 1975. Angus was made a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day in 1978.[4] In 1987, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Angus died on 21 February 2017, aged 102. From

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Dan Sprod was born in South Australia in 1924. He served in the Royal Australian Navy (1942-46), attended Adelaide University and graduated Bachelor of Arts (1948-50), before joining the National Library in 1951. He held a number of senior positions, including Liaison Officer, New York (1957-60), Chief Cataloguer (1964-65) and Principal Librarian, User Services (1966). Upon leaving the National Library, he was appointed University Librarian, Morris Miller Library, University of Tasmania in 1966 and held this position until his resignation on 31 July 1976. For more information see:

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Presented to Dan Sprod by the artist. Donated by the Sprod family in 2021

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Framed oil painting by Max Angus (1914-2017): a portrait of Dan Sprod (1924-2018), former Morris Miller Librarian (1966-75) and subsequently proprietor of Blubber Head Press and Astrolabe Antiquarian Books, seated at the window of his home in Sandy Bay holding a copy of the book Simpkinson de Wesselow authored by Max Angus and published by Blubber Head Press in 1985

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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