Normand H. Baker, at twenty-nine years old, was the youngest artist to win the Archibald Prize in 1937 and, although relatively unknown, the Gallery had already purchased two of his earlier works. Coverage in the daily papers centred on the fact that Baker was the son of a confectioner and worked as a commercial artist. The winning painting was donated to the Gallery by the artist's mother, Millicent Pearl Baker in 1956.
Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 136.
This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1956.
oil on canvas
101.6 x 76.2 cm stretcher; 124.4 x 99.0 x 10.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, brown oil "N H BAKER". Not dated.
Gift of Mrs Millicent Pearl Baker 1956
Not on display
© Estate of Normand Baker
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Wynne Art Prize, 1937, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Feb 1938–Mar 1938
Referenced in 8 publications
Anna Waldmann, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 219 (colour illus.).
Susan Hunt, The Archibald Prize 1921-1993, Sydney, 1993, 14 (colour illus.).
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 5. cat.no. 2
Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, ‘Chapter 2: The early decades’, pg. 15-37, Sydney, 2005, 26, 27 (colour illus.), 136 (colour illus.).
Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'The Early Decades', pg. 16-31, Sydney, 1999, 28, 29 (colour illus.), 126 (colour illus.).
Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 219 (colour illus.).
Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 70], Sydney, Mar 1938, 76 (illus.).
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney morning herald, 'Archibald Prize winner. Normand H. Baker. Wynne Prize to Gruner', Sydney, 25 Feb 1938. Review of the Archibald and Wynne Prizes for 1937.