The architect John Sulman (1849–1934) was a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1899–1934 and president from 1919 until his death in 1934. His children endowed the Sir John Sulman Prize for genre (subject) painting or mural decoration, to be awarded annually by the Gallery's trustees in conjunction with the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. Sulman's architectural commissions in Australia include the Women's College, University of Sydney (1890–94) and Presbyterian churches at Woollahra, Manly and Randwick. His most important work was the Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital at Concord.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006
This painting won the Archibald Prize in 1931 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1931.
Sir John Sulman
oil on canvas
104.4 x 96.5 cm
Signature & date
Signed u.r., oil "J Longstaff".
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 7 publications
Douglas Dundas, Art Gallery of New South Wales quarterly, 'The Wynne and Sulman prizes', pg. 53-56, Sydney, Jan 1961, 53 (illus.), 55.
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 202; titled 'Sir John Sulman', [Gallery No. 3]
Anna Waldmann, Art and Australia (Vol. 20, No. 2), 'The Archibald Prize', pg. 213-236, Sydney, Summer 1982, 217 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, ‘Chapter 2: The early decades’, pg. 15-37, Sydney, 2005, 25 (colour illus.), 134 (colour illus.). titled 'Sir John Sulman'
Anna Waldmann, The Archibald Prize: an illustrated history 1921-1981, Sydney, 1981, 217 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Debonair Jack, South Yarra, 1994, 158 (illus.).
Unknown, Let's face it: the history of the Archibald Prize, 'The Early Decades', pg. 16-31, Sydney, 1999, 27 (colour illus.), 124 (colour illus.).