The subject of Ivor Hele's 1951 Archibald winning picture, Laurie Thomas, was an art critic, gallery director, journalist and editor. The work was acquired by the Gallery in 1951.
Mr Laurence Thomas
oil on hardboard
91.5 x 61.0 cm board; 119.0 x 87.5 x 5.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, red oil "HELE/ 51".
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Competitions for 1951., National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Jan 1952–24 Feb 1952
The Arts Festival of the Olympic Games (1956), National Gallery of Victoria [Swanston Street], Melbourne, 18 Nov 1956–15 Dec 1956
Referenced in 6 publications
Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. v-vii., Sydney, 1954, xii, (illus.). plate no. 52
Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 224 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, ‘Chapter 3: The postwar years’, pg. 38-60, Sydney, 2005, 42 (colour illus.), 43, 139 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'The Postwar Years', pg. 40-62, Sydney, 1999, 44 (colour illus.), 129 (colour illus.).
Unknown, The Archibald Prize 1921-1993, Sydney, 1993, 17 (colour illus.).
Unknown, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 224 (colour illus.).