William Beckwith McInnes
Winner: Archibald Prize 1921
- oil on canvas
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Gift of the artist 1922 to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
“[McInnes] was so doubtful about gaining the prize that he told the frame-maker that he had decided not to forward it. But the latter pointed out that the packing-case was ready, and the carrier was coming: so off it went…” – 'The Daily Telegraph’ [Sydney], 17 March 1922.
“Though capable and interesting, was not by any means McInnes at his best” – 'Art in Australia’, February 1922, p 8.
“In the winning picture, which is very good in spots, McInnes has decided the technique for his subject, and made a bold display of it, with the result that it is impossible to forget the paint. The picture depends too largely for its attractiveness on a well-painted blue pot and cretonne chair-back; but it has nevertheless a decided illusion of space “ – 'The Bulletin’ [Sydney], 26 January 1922, p 34.