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Joshua Smith


12 Mar 1905 - 22 Jul 1995


This work was a finalist in the 1942 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1943.




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


109.2 x 88.9 cm stretcher

Signature & date

Signed c.r. verso, black oil ".../ JOSHUA SMITH/ ...". Not dated.


Marshall Bequest Fund 1943


Not on display

Accession number


Archibald Prize

- 1942

Artist information

Joshua Smith

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, 'Introduction', pg. v-vii., Sydney, 1954, xiv, (illus.). plate no. 33

Ian Burn, National life and landscape - Australian painting 1900-1940, 'Reflections in private spaces', pg. 116-157, Sydney, 1990, 127, 128 (colour illus.), 129. plate no. 94

Helen Campbell, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Out of Sydney: city and hinterlands', pg. 185-186, Sydney, 2000, 192 (colour illus.), 302.

Yve Close, Joshua Smith: artist 1905-1995, 'The war years', pg. 27-32, New South Wales, 1998, 29-30, 76, 103 (colour illus.), 209. plate no. 7; 27

Alan McCulloch and Susan McCulloch, The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, St Leonards, 1994, 661 (illus.).

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 162

Barry Pearce, Look, 'New Look for 20th Century Australian Galleries', pg. 13, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 13.

Bernard Smith, Present day art in Australia, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1949, 21 (colour illus.). 42

Bernard William Smith and Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, 100 years of Australian painting, Sydney, 1948, 9.

Laurie Thomas (Editor), Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 47, 62 (colour illus.). 150