We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Archibald Prize 1931

Entries: 74 works
Exhibition dates: from 30 January 1932 for approximately one month
All entries were exhibited; no limit to number of works each artist could submit

This year saw the first of what would be many large-scale portraits entered, with M Napier Waller’s work measuring 121.5 × 205.5 cm.

The subject of the winning work by John Longstaff (his fourth win in 11 years) was the president of the Gallery trustees, Sir John Sulman. The portrait had been commissioned by the trustees; Sulman himself withdrew from the judging.

  • James Muir Auld - Portrait
  • James Muir Auld - Portrait
  • Lawson Balfour - Mrs Banks
  • Lawson Balfour - Miss P Frost
  • Mabel Barling - Portrait
  • Dorrit Black - Portrait
  • Dorrit Black - Portrait
  • Miriam Blakeney - Miss AR Lake
  • Bessie Boultbee - Mrs P Garling
  • James A Bowman - Col AJ Bennett, CMG, DSO
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Rev Canon ES Hughes
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Mrs Harry Emmerton
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Miss Dorothy Cook
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Mrs H Buckmaster
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Lieut Col FH Wright, VD
  • Ernest Buckmaster - AS McMichael, Esq
  • Mary E Byrne - Alderman David Hunter
  • Norman Carter - John D Moore, Esq
  • Myra Cocks - Portrait
  • Colin Colahan - Self-portrait
  • M B Coutts - Mrs Mary Gilmore
  • M B Coutts - JGV Gould, Esq
  • Aileen R Dent - Dr Hamilton Russell
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Cecil Kirk, Esq
  • William Frater - The artist's son
  • William Frater - Miss Eunice Sharland
  • Ray S Gower - AG Scott Findlay, Esq, BE
  • Ray S Gower - Mrs CC Kent
  • Ray S Gower - Mrs JJ Gower
  • Vaughan Murray Griffin - Self-portrait
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Self-portrait
  • E A Harvey - AJ Murch, Esq
  • John J Hennessy - Victor Cobb, Esq
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mrs Florence Taylor
  • Justus Jorgensen - Miss Sonia Skipper
  • Justus Jorgensen - Captain SJE Jorgensen
  • Justus Jorgensen - Dr Lily Jorgensen
  • Justus Jorgensen - Dr LA Jorgensen
  • Herbert Kemble - Arthur Greenaway, Esq
  • Frederick William Leist - Sylvia
  • Frederick William Leist - Dan Green, Esq
  • John Longstaff - Sir John Sulman (Winner: Archibald Prize 1931)
  • John Longstaff - Miss Aileen McInerney
  • John Longstaff - Sir Frederick Waley
  • Louis McCubbin - Portrait of a girl
  • Herbert W McCulley - Self-portrait
  • W B McInnes - Dr H Talbot Hamilton
  • W B McInnes - Geoff
  • W B McInnes - M Napier Waller, Esq
  • W B McInnes - Portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Self-portrait
  • John Marsh - Self-portrait
  • Marian Montford - Paul Montford, Esq
  • Arthur J Murch - EA Harvey, Esq
  • A E Newbury - The artist's wife
  • Percival James Norton - Dr Charles Anderson, MA
  • Percival James Norton - EH Stiefvater, Esq
  • Hilda Margaret Owen - Mr Justice Owen
  • May Prince - J Lawson Balfour, Esq
  • May Prince - Self-portrait
  • Alwyn Spence - Jeanne
  • Maria Teresa Vigano - Dr W Maloney, MHR
  • Maria Teresa Vigano - Miss Hardanack
  • Roland Wakelin - Bethia Foott
  • Roland Wakelin - Judith
  • Roland Wakelin - Roland
  • Mervyn Napier Waller - Portrait of Christian Waller
  • J S Watkins - AF Canaway, Esq, KC
  • Mary Will-Slade - Thomas Berber, Esq
  • Mary Will-Slade - Dr GP Darnell-Smith
  • Joseph Wolinski - AJ Vogan, Esq, FRGS
  • Joseph Wolinski - Rabbi AD Wolinski
  • Joseph Wolinski - Steele Rudd, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Miss Kathleen Wishart