This is a portrait of Australian writer Frannie Hopkirk, who sat twice for William Pidgeon. Hopkirk, sister of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, wrote the book 'Brett' 1996, a biography of her brother. She also wrote 'The seven loves of Mary Magdalen' 2015, a memoir that was short-listed for the Finch Memoir Prize.
This work was a finalist in the 1954 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1955.
oil on canvas
101.6 x 76.2 cm stretcher; 119.6 x 94.4 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, white oil "W Pidgeon". Not dated.
Not on display
© Peter Pidgeon. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 1 exhibition
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman (1955), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jan 1956–19 Feb 1956
Referenced in 5 publications
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 9. cat.no. 13
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes for 1955, Sydney, 1955.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Bulletin, Sydney, 25 Jan 1956.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 21 Jan 1956.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, 'Bought for National Art Gallery', Sydney, 07 Feb 1956, (illus.).