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Barry Humphries in the character of Mrs Everage



John Brack


1920 - 11 Feb 1999


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




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


Not on display

Accession number


Archibald Prize

- 1969

Artist information

John Brack

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 16 publications


Jenny Aland and Max Darby (Editors), Art Connections, 'Subject Matter', pg. 83-84, Port Melbourne, 1998, 84 (colour illus.).

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

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

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

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, Sydney, Jul 2011, 29.

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

Barry Pearce, The world of Antiques & Art, 'Exploring hidden treasures in Parallel Visions', pg. 124-126, Bondi Junction, Jul 2002-Dec 2002, 125 (colour illus.).

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.).

Peter Ross, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, Sydney, 2005, 62 (colour illus.).

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

Richard Walsh, Decade of flair - The Seventies, Canberra, 1996, 11, front cover (colour illus.).

Elizabeth Young., The advertiser, 'Painting, sculpture', Adelaide, 24 Jan 1970, page number unknown (illus.).