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An image of Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage by John Brack

John Brack

(Australia 1920 – 11 Feb 1999)

Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

94.5 x 128.2 cm stretcher; 110.2 x 143.5 x 5.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "John Brack 69".
Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Purchase Grant from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council 1975
Accession number
© Helen Brack
Not on display
Further information

This work was a finalist in the 1969 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1975.

Bibliography (16)

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Tony Bonyhady, The Australian's Review of Books, 'With heads held high', pg. 14-16, Surry Hills, Jun 1999, 14 (illus.).

Edmund Capon, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'John Brack / Jeffrey Smart', pg. 116-127, Sydney, 2002, 124, 142, 147.

Edmund Capon and Ursula Prunster, Face to face: Australian portraits, Sydney, 1986, (colour illus.). 22

Kristy Grant, John Brack, 'Human nature: the art of John Brack', pg. 87-132, Melbourne, 2009, 107, 120 (colour illus.), 121, 222.

Anne Gray, Face: Australian portraits 1880-1960, 'Face: Australian portraits 1880-1960', pg. 15-41, Canberra, 2010, 36, 38.

Sasha Grishin, Portraits by John Brack, 'John Brack and the cerebral portrait', pg. 2-15, Parkes, 2007, 9-10, 48-49 (colour illus.), 61.

Robert Lindsay, Creating Australia: 200 years of art 1788-1988, 'Mutual Applause', pg.184-185, Melbourne, 1988, 9, 184-185, 185 (colour illus.), 239, 245.

Denise Mimmocchi, Look, 'Instilling the familiar with a lurking sense of uncertainty', pg. 29, Newtown, Jul 2011, 29.

Brenda Niall, Judy Cassab: a portrait, Sydney, 2005, 187.

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Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'Into the 1970s', pg. 63-87, Sydney, 1999, front cover (colour illus.), 64 (colour illus.).

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Mandy Sayer, Art and Australia (Vol. 45, No. 1), 'Writer's choice: Mrs Edna Everage paints John Brack', pg. 126-127, Paddington, Sep 2007-Nov 2007, 2 (colour illus., detail), 126, 127 (colour illus.).

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Exhibition history (7)

Uncommon Australians: Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery:

Persona Cognita, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Bulleen, 11 Oct 1994–20 Nov 1994

Decade of flair - The Seventies, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 16 Nov 1996–13 Apr 1997

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

Rarely Everage: the lives of Barry Humphries, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 22 Nov 2002–16 Feb 2003

John Brack portraits (2007), National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 24 Aug 2007–18 Nov 2007

John Brack Retrospective (2009-2010):