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Noel Fraser Hickey

1957
Nancy Menetrey

oil on canvas (frame: 103.0 cm x 76.2 cm)

Noel Fraser Hickey (1921–2010) grew up in Sydney and found work as a photographer with Kodak after finishing his schooling at Fort Street Boys High. After serving with the AIF in the Second World War, he started his own studio in Sydney, specialising in headshots and portfolio photography for aspiring fashion models. Artist Nancy Menetrey worked for Hickey as a negative re-toucher, and painted this portrait of her sharply-dressed boss as her entry for the 1957 Archibald Prize. Hickey is depicted holding a photograph of Patricia Woodley, a former Miss New South Wales and Miss Australia who founded her own modelling agency and deportment school in Sydney in the early 1950s. Menetrey's painting of Hickey was one of the 69 works selected for the 1957 Archibald Prize exhibition. She painted Woodley for the Archibald in 1958, but the portrait wasn’t among the finalists. Among her other portrait subjects were Rita Young, who modelled for artists such as Norman Lindsay and Max Dupain before the war; and Admiral Sir Victor Smith, a senior officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Menetrey's portraits featured in the Portia Geach Memorial Award several times in the 1970s.

Gift of the artist 2021
© Nancy Menetrey

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Artist and subject

Nancy Menetrey (age 33 in 1957)

Noel Fraser Hickey (age 36 in 1957)

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