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An image of Portrait of George Johnston by Ray Crooke

Ray Crooke

(Australia 1922 – )

Portrait of George Johnston
Other titles:
George Johnston
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas on hardboard

74.0 x 121.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., red/brown oil "R Crooke/ 69".
Purchased 1970
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Artist Ray Crook and writer George Johnston were neighbours in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. The Archibald 1969 win came as something of a surprise to the art community as Crooke was known primarily as a landscape painter.

Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 144.

Bibliography (4)

Anna Waldmann, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 232 (colour illus.).

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'Chapter 4: Into the 1970s', pg. 61-85, Sydney, 2005, 61 (colour illus.),144 (colour illus.).

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'Into the 1970s', pg. 63-87, Sydney, 1999, 63 (colour illus.), 134 (colour illus.).

Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 232 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman (1969), Sydney Town Hall, Australia, 15 Jan 1969–01 Feb 1969

North of Capricorn: the Art of Ray Crooke, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 21 Nov 1997–04 Jan 1998

Inaugural permanent display, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 04 Mar 1999–04 Mar 2000