Rayner Hoff: The Life of a Sculptor

ISBN: 9781742235325
Artist(s): Rayner Hoff
Author(s): Deborah Beck
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2017
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Publisher Location: Sydney
Total Pages: 279
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated


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In the 1920s and 1930s, Rayner Hoff was the most gifted – and controversial – public sculptor in Australia, best known for the sculptures and friezes that adorn Sydney’s Anzac Memorial, including Sacrifice at its centre.

After moving from London in the early 1920s, Hoff taught at and eventually ran the National Art School. As well as completing the Anzac Memorial sculptures – which generated uproar when the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney opposed two further works planned for the Memorial – he also designed the original Holden lion badge, won the Wynne Prize in 1927, and made firm friends with luminaries like Norman Lindsay, Hugh McCrae and Mary Gilmore.

This biography tells the story of Hoff’s life and work for the first time, and shows how he spearheaded an Australian sculpture renaissance and left a mark that is still keenly felt today.

Condition: Some light wear to covers, otherwise very good.


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