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H Desbrowe Annear

(circa 1921)


W B McInnes


1889 - 1939

Alternate image of H Desbrowe Annear by W B McInnes
Alternate image of H Desbrowe Annear by W B McInnes
  • Details

    (circa 1921)
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    107.5 x 104.2 cm; 115 x 117.7 x 7 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the artist 1922
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Archibald Prize
    Winner - 1921
    Artist information
    W B McInnes

    Works in the collection


  • About

    W.B. McInnes' portrait of Desbrowe Annear (1865–1933) is significant as winner of the first Archibald Prize in 1921. Winning the prize six more times for his characteristically dark, tonal portraits, McInnes was the pre-eminent artist of the Prize's first decade, and, with John Longstaff, virtually dominated official portraiture. Desbrowe Annear was a well-known Melbourne architect. Primarily a designer of houses, his best known are 32, 34 and 38 The Eyrie, Eaglemont, constructed between 1902 and 1903. Working in a variety of modern styles, Annear sought to create an architecture suited to the climate and geography of Australia.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

    This work was aquired by the Gallery in 1922.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 10 publications

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