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Portrait of John Farmer



Max Meldrum

Scotland, Australia

03 Dec 1875 - 06 Jun 1955


This work was a finalist in the 1936 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1937.




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


76.5 x 97.4 cm stretcher; 107.0 x 127.0 x 9.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l. corner, brown oil "Meldrum". Not dated.


Purchased 1937


Not on display

Accession number


Archibald Prize

- 1936

Artist information

Max Meldrum

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Basil Burdett., Art in Australia [series 3, no. 66], 'The Archibald Competition', Sydney, Feb 1937, 31 (illus.).

Paula Dredge, Margaret Sawicki, Steven Miller and Lindsay Parker, S.A. Parker Framing Works, 'Works in the collection with known Parker frames', pg. 27-68, Sydney, 2004, 51 (illus.).

Robert Haines., Paintings and drawings by Max Meldrum, 'Foreword', Sydney, 1974. 30

Hal Missingham, Artists by artists, Sydney, 1954, (illus.). 50

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 141

Peter Perry and John Perry, Max Meldrum and associates: their art, lives and influences, 'Disputes, trusteeship of National Gallery of Victoria and Science of Appearances', pg. 39-42, Victoria, 1996, 39 (illus.), 129.

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 6. 14

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 146. 468

Bernard William Smith and Terry Smith, Australian painting 1788-1990, 'Leviticus 1913-32', pg. 167-204, South Melbourne, 1991, 202 (colour illus.). 115

Alex Taylor, Perils of the studio: inside the artistic affairs of bohemian Melbourne, 'The lives of number nine', pg. 9-34, North Melbourne, 2007, 21 (colour illus.). figure 12

Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 70], Sydney, Mar 1938, 63 (illus.).