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Title

Miss Jeanie Ranken

1937

Artist

Harold Abbott

Australia, England

1906 - 08 Jun 1986

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  • Details

    Date
    1937
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    122.0 x 91.5 cm stretcher; 141.7 x 111.2 x 10.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. corner, dark brown oil "ABBOTT '37".

    Credit
    Gift of Elinor and Fred Wrobel 1976
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    206.1976
    Copyright
    © Estate of Harold Abbott
    Archibald Prize
    - 1937
    Artist information
    Harold Abbott

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  • About

    This portrait of Miss Jeanie Ranken was runner up in the 1937 Archibald Prize, receiving the following praise from the Sydney Morning Herald art critic:

    "... one of the younger artists has increased his scope and provided an impressive work. This is Harold Aboott's portrait of Miss Jeanie Ranken. The general effect is discriminating, not to say highly discreet. The figure has been displayed as an element in a piece of flat decoration. A parallel with well-known portraits by Whistler is unavoidable. But Mr Abbott's sense of colour is definitely his own. He uses his colours tenderly, yet with a keen sense of accent. The characteristic mien and appearance of the sitter, too, have been calmly and surely conveyed."

    Visible on the wall behind the sitter is a small self portrait sketch of the artist painted in 1932 while Abbott was a student at the Royal Academy Schools, London. This self portait is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

    Miss Ranken was a Sydney journalist. In 1939 she was awarded The Order of the British Empire - Member (Civil).

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

    This work was a finalist in the 1937 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1976.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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