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Miss Jeanie Ranken



Harold Abbott


14 Jun 1906 – 08 Jun 1986

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    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".

    Gift of Elinor and Fred Wrobel 1976
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Harold Abbott

    Reproduction requests

    Archibald Prize
    - 1937
    Artist information
    Harold Abbott

    Works in the collection


  • 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 Abott'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 portrait 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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