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Phyllis Knight

plaster, shellac
35.0 × 18.8 × 21.6 cm
cast in rear: G. RAYNER-HOFF. 1924
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of L.K. Shave, 1986
Gallery location
Not on display
Although his time in Australia was brief, Rayner Hoff was a dominant figure in the development of Australian sculpture. After studying at the Royal College of Art, London, and being awarded the Prix de Rome in 1922, he was appointed as the instructor of Drawing and Sculpture at the East Sydney Technical College. Hoff’s elegant sculptural works, reflecting both his classical training and the sleek geometry of Art Deco, impressed the Sydney art world. He subsequently earned a series of major public commissions, including the sculptural elements of the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, 1930–33.