Henry Hanke

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Herny Hanke self-portrait (1934)

Henry Aloysius Hanke (14 June 1901-1989) was born in Sydney in 1901. He was an Australian painter and teacher, who won the Archibald Prize in 1934 with a self-portrait, and the inaugural Sulman Prize in 1936 with his painting 'La Gitana'.[1]

Hanke was a war artist during World War II, during which he completed many paintings in New Guinea, he was the first war artist into Milne Bay after the Australians inflicted the first defeat on Japanese troops during World War II. Hanke was later made a director of the Royal Art Society art school.

Hanke was a friend of Sydney artists Graeme Inson and Ivy Shore, and often visited them. Hanke was one of the five artists Ivy Shore (winner of the Portia Geach Memorial Art Award in 1979) called her "Inspirations". Ivy Shore's painting of these five artists, titled "Inspirations", now hangs in the Dundee Arms Hotel in Sussex Street, Sydney, which was Graeme Inson and Ivy Shore's studio in the 1970s and 1980s.

His daughter Sonya became a pianist and music educator.[2]


  1. ^ "HANKE, Henry Aloysius (1901 - 1989), Painter". Benezit Dictionary of Artists. 2006. ISBN 9780199773787.
  2. ^ Collins, Diane. "Hanke, Sonya Helen (1933–1993)". Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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Preceded by
Charles Wheeler
Archibald Prize
for Self Portrait
Succeeded by
John Longstaff