Percy Lindsay : artist & bohemian (new copy)
Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011. Quarto, pictorial wrappers, pp. 143, illustrated.
The only substantive biography on this talented and under-recognised painter. New copy.
Christopher Menz (Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia 2005-10) reviewed the book in the June 2011 issue of Australian Book Review (ABR):
‘Until now, Percy Lindsay has lacked a full biography. Here, he has been well served with a balanced assessment that presents an engaging but not particularly ambitious figure, a talented painter and draughtsman, fond of company and overfond of drink. Photographs, selected paintings, and illustrative works, along with useful appendices, including a ‘who’s who’, exhibition listings, and illustrated book titles, make this a most practical volume, which fills a gap in biographies of Australian artists.’
Art historian Stephen Scheding wrote in the November 2011 issue of Australiana [journal of the Australiana Society]:
‘[This is] an Australian art book that certainly deserved to be written… Biographer Silas Clifford-Smith goes about the task of restoring Percy’s reputation with marvellous enthusiasm. The project must have been a hugely daunting given the oceans of words written about the Lindsay family that needed to be waded through… It has taken some nice detective work on the part of Clifford-Smith to bring his character to life… this is a very worthwhile book and I was left with the strong feeling that we need another full-scale exhibition of Percy’s paintings.’