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
© Courtesy of Dorothy Pidgeon
Shown in 1 exhibition
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman (1955), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jan 1956–19 Feb 1956