Artist Ray Crook and writer George Johnston were neighbours in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. The Archibald 1969 win came as something of a surprise to the art community as Crooke was known primarily as a landscape painter.
Peter Ross, 'Let's Face It: The history of the Archibald Prize' 2005, pg. 144.
This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1970.
oil on canvas on hardboard
74.0 x 121.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., red/brown oil "R Crooke/ 69".
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Archibald, Wynne, Pring and Sulman Competitions for 1969, Sydney Town Hall, Australia, 15 Jan 1970–01 Feb 1970
North of Capricorn: the Art of Ray Crooke, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 21 Nov 1997–04 Jan 1998
Inaugural permanent display, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 04 Mar 1999–04 Mar 2000
Referenced in 18 publications
James Gleeson; 'Big Prize to Sydney artist'., The Sun, 'Few bright spots in Prize showing', Sydney, 14 Jan 1970, page number unknown.
Ray Crooke'., Border morning mail, 'Archibald Prize for a portrait, Albury, 15 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown
Ann Galbally., Age, 'Are our art awards relevant to the '70s?', Melbourne, 19 Jan 1970, page number unknown (illus.).
James Gleeson., Sun-Herald, 'Cheers for the prize takers', Sydney, 18 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown
Daniel Thomas., Sunday telegraph, 'Few paintings have merit', Sydney, 18 Jan 1970, page number unknown.
Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 232 (colour illus.).
Elizabeth Young., The advertiser, 'Painting, sculpture', Adelaide, 24 Jan 1970, page number unknown (illus.).
The Northern daily leader, 'Archibald Prize to Sydney man', Tamworth, 15 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown
The daily telegraph, 'Sydney man wins Archibald Prize', Sydney, 15 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown
The Newcastle sun, 'Archibald Prize to Ray Crooke', Newcastle, 14 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown
Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes for 1969, Sydney, 1969.
The West Australian, '$1,900 prize to Sydney Painter', Perth, 15 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown
Unknown, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'Into the 1970s', pg. 63-87, Sydney, 1999, 63 (colour illus.), 134 (colour illus.).
Unknown, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 232 (colour illus.).
The Canberra times, 'Archibald Prize to Ray Crooke', Ainslie, 15 Jan 1970, page number unknown (illus.). author unknown
Unknown, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'Chapter 4: Into the 1970s', pg. 61-85, Sydney, 2005, 61 (colour illus.),144 (colour illus.).
Mercury, '"Archibald to NSW', Hobart, 15 Jan 2014, page number unknown. author unknown
The daily examiner, 'Portrait of writer wins prize for Sydney artist', Grafton, 15 Jan 1970, page number unknown. author unknown