The mystery of Leonora solved at last By Kat Adamski

…Helped in his detective work by David Hulme of Manly-based Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, he believes the portrait was painted by inaugural Archibald Prize winner William Beckwith (W.B.) McInnes, one of Australia’s most celebrated portrait painters of the 1920s and ‘30s. …

Mr Hulme said research, expert advice and comparison had confirmed that the portrait was by W.B. McInnes, who won the inaugural Archibald Prize in 1921.

“Incredibly he went on to win the coveted portraiture prize another six times,” Mr Hulme said. “Luckily, Leonora got to keep her portrait, and we can see now why McInnes asked her to model for him.”


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