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Charles Bryant

1883 - 1937


Charles Bryant was born at Sydney and educated at Sydney Grammar School. He studied painting under W. Lister Lister, and was an exhibitor at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales for some years. He went to London in 1908 and studied with John Hassall at London and Julius Olsson, A.R.A., at St Ives, Cornwall. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon, where he received an honourable mention for "Morning Mists" in 1913, and with many well-known societies. He was appointed an official war artist on the western front in 1917 and did many paintings for the Australian government. Sixty-nine of his paintings are in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

In 1922 he returned to Australia, and in 1923 was sent to the mandated territories in New Guinea to paint scenes of the occupation by the Australians. Between 1924 and 1930 he rana colour store in Sydney. In 1925 he painted a picture of the American fleet which was presented by Sydney citizens to the United States government. This picture is now at the Capitol, Washington. Returning to England, some 10 years passed before Bryant was in Australia again. He had a very successful one man show at Sydney towards the end of 1936, which was followed by another at Melbourne. He died at Manly, Sydney on 22 January 1937. He was unmarried.

Bryant was an able oil painter mostly of marine subjects. He held various official positions with art societies, having been a member of the council of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, a vice-president of the Royal Art Society, Sydney, and president of the London Sketch Club.


National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Castlemaine Art Gallery, Manly Art Gallery, The Australian War Memorial, The Imperial War Museum, London.

Charles  Bryant art

Signed lower right

Artwork Title:
The Centre of the Empire, 1935
Oil on canvas
100cmx 121.5cm

Signed lower right

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