W. Lister Lister

William Lister Lister (* December 27, 1859 in Sydney, † November 6, 1943 in Sydney) was an Australian painter who won the Wynne Prize seven times.


He was born as the son of John Armitage Lister and his wife Eliza Kirkby, born Bateson. In 1868 he attended Bedford School, studied art at Mr. Rudge and a year later in Paris at Pont Ste Maxence. In 1876-80 he studied mechanical engineering at the College of Science and Art in Glasgow at the Fairfield Engineering Works, then he worked as a marine engineer in a Cardiff collier. He spent four years at sea and traveled to America, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. 1876 ​​Lister joined at the St. Mungo Art Club in Glasgow while still studying as a mechanical engineer and had been exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. In 1884 he went to London to begin a career as a professional artist and teacher. In 1900 he was appointed curator of the National Gallery of New South Wales from 1919 to 1943 and Vice President of the gallery. His earlier work Outdoorder Yorkshire Moore laid the foundation for his later recognition as a landscape artist of the plein -air plein-air painting school.

Winner of the Wynne Prize


  • Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, Wales,
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters
  • Royal Empire of Artists
  • From 1889 he exhibited regularly at the Royal Society for Art and Gallery Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd 's, Sydney


  • Commonwealth Government Prize for Painting the Federal Capital site