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Detail of Rayner Hoff, the sculptor 1920s, by Harold Cazneaux, Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, 93.1975

Rayner Hoff archive

Working between the First and Second World Wars, Rayner Hoff (1894–1937) transformed Australian sculpture. He was our foremost art deco sculptor and a leading figure in art education, through his roles at East Sydney Technical College (now the National Art School).

The Rayner Hoff archive at the Art Gallery of NSW was assembled by the artist and is his main archival collection, although it is an incomplete documentation of his life and art. The core of the archive is his library. The selection reproduced online includes some of his sketches as well as objects used by the artist.

Overview of this archive

Archive of five boxes containing sketchbooks, notebooks, original artworks, objects and printed matter as well as books from the artist’s library.

Dimensions: 85cm
Date: 1910–1937
Gift of the artist’s family 2018

About this artist

Biography and works