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Rayner Hoff, 1924

Harold Cazneaux

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 34.7 cm x 25.8 cm, image: 34.7 cm x 25.8 cm)

George Rayner Hoff (1894–1937), sculptor, was born in England and trained at the Royal College of Art, London. He took up the post of Instructor in Drawing and Sculpture at East Sydney Technical College in 1924, and exhibited 23 pieces of sculpture in the Society of Artists exhibition that year. Two years later, he designed the Holden lion. With a gifted group of mainly female students and assistants, notably Eileen McGrath and Barbara Tribe, he undertook high-profile commissions in Sydney between the wars. From 1930 to 1933 the group worked on the sculpture for Bruce Dellit’s Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney. In 1934 Hoff produced his Gorgon-like bust of Mary Gilmore; in 1937 he designed the memorial to King George V that stands opposite Old Parliament House in Parkes Place, but he died before it was made. The Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibited This Vital Flesh: The Sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school in 1999–2000.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard King 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2008.22

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Harold Cazneaux (age 46 in 1924)

Rayner Hoff (age 30 in 1924)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Richard King (16 portraits)

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Harold Cazneaux's portraits of influential Sydneysiders included Margaret Preston and Ethel Turner, both important figures in the development of ideas about Australian identity and culture.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.