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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 - Miss P Frost
  • Lawson Balfour - Mrs Banks
  • 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 - Miss Dorothy Cook
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Rev Canon ES Hughes
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Mrs H Buckmaster
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Mrs Harry Emmerton
  • 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 - JGV Gould, Esq
  • M B Coutts - Mrs Mary Gilmore
  • Aileen R Dent - Dr Hamilton Russell
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Cecil Kirk, Esq
  • William Frater - Miss Eunice Sharland
  • William Frater - The artist's son
  • Ray S Gower - Mrs JJ Gower
  • Ray S Gower - Mrs CC Kent
  • Ray S Gower - AG Scott Findlay, Esq, BE
  • 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 - Dr Lily Jorgensen
  • Justus Jorgensen - Captain SJE 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 - Geoff
  • W B McInnes - Dr H Talbot Hamilton
  • W B McInnes - Portrait
  • W B McInnes - M Napier Waller, Esq
  • 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 - Roland
  • Roland Wakelin - Bethia Foott
  • Roland Wakelin - Judith
  • 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 - Rabbi AD Wolinski
  • Joseph Wolinski - Miss Kathleen Wishart
  • Joseph Wolinski - AJ Vogan, Esq, FRGS
  • Joseph Wolinski - Steele Rudd, Esq