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D H Souter

1862 - 1935

David Henry Souter contributed to popular Australian journals such as The Bulletin and The Lone Hand, as well as illustrating over 50 books. This is regarded as one of Australia's finest graphic satirists. His largest surviving work is the allegorical mural painted between 1920 and 1934 depicting the emergence of the lifesavers as an icon of Australian manhood. Souter painted the mural for Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club. He served as Club President for the 1920-21 season.

Souter, along with artists such as Sydney Long and Norman and Lionel Lindsay, was part of a movement known as the Australian Classical Revivalists. They blended classical figures and pagan spirits with the Australian landscape. Their work was closely linked with the nationalism of the early 20th century.