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

Archibald Prize 1938

Entries: 145 works
Prize money: £422 6s 8d
Exhibition dates: 21 January to 20 February 1939
All entries were exhibited; no limit to number of works each artist could submit

Nora Heysen became the first woman to be awarded the Archibald Prize and, at 28, the youngest artist as well. Her win provoked more press comment than any previous award, with some calling for a government inquiry into the judging of the prize. Part of the reason was, again, due to the appropriateness of the sitter; in this case, Madame Elink Schuurman, wife of the consul-general for the Netherlands.

  • Harold Abbott - Self-portrait
  • A F Andrews - The artist's father
  • A F Andrews - Self-portrait
  • John Aston - LH Witts, Esq
  • James Muir Auld - Lady in black
  • James Muir Auld - F Tregear, Esq
  • Alan Baker - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Miss Videy Ross
  • Normand Baker - Self-portrait
  • Normand Baker - Alan D Baker, Esq
  • A M E Bale - Miss EM Lander
  • Rex Battarbee - Albert Namatjira (Arunta artist)
  • Ronald Broadley - Self-portrait
  • Norman Carter - A Enes, Esq
  • Norman Carter - Hans Heysen
  • Myra Cocks - Portrait of a lady
  • William Gilbert Collins - Self-portrait
  • A D Colquhoun - Miss Janet Maloney
  • A D Colquhoun - Miss Olga Hausegger
  • A D Colquhoun - Miss Janet McEwan
  • A D Colquhoun - (Title unknown)
  • Thomas Dean - Self-portrait
  • Aileen R Dent - Miss Joyce Raymond
  • Aileen R Dent - Rev FE Oxer
  • Claude S Diston - Lt Col JN Coryn Shaw
  • Douglas Dundas - Alfred Cook, Esq
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Self-portrait
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - BJ Waterhouse, Esq, FRIBA
  • Owen Garde - Self-portrait
  • John Barclay Godson - Artist and wife
  • Helena Nellie Govett - Portrait
  • J H Graham - Joshua Smith
  • Vaughan Murray Griffin - Mrs Murray Griffin
  • A F Hancox - Self-portrait
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Percy Lindsay, Esq
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Miss Sylvia Davis
  • John R Heath - Dr WA Morrison, LDS, RCS
  • Edward Heffernan - Diane in red
  • John J Hennessy - Self-portrait
  • Nora Heysen - The Hon John Lane Mullins
  • Nora Heysen - Mme Elink Schuurman (Winner: Archibald Prize 1938)
  • Leon Hogan - Miss M Parsons
  • Ethel Holmes - Portrait of a lady
  • Tom Hubble - Frederick E Baume, Esq
  • Tom Hubble - Mrs Francis V Molyneaux
  • J C Hutchings - Self-portrait
  • Rupert Hutter - Self-portrait
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Self-portrait
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Dr Cecil Purser
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Miss Camilla Wedgewood
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Mrs Grabham
  • Bertha Katsch - Gipsies
  • Herbert Kemble - Dante Arrie
  • Herbert Kemble - Geoffrey Cumine
  • Herbert Kemble - Raymond Sinnot, Esq
  • Herbert Kemble - Louise Allen
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Meg
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Clement Kennedy
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Thea Rowe
  • Garrett Kingsley - Murilla
  • Garrett Kingsley - Norma
  • Frederick William Leist - Mrs Charles, MA
  • Frederick William Leist - C Pearl, Esq
  • Frederick William Leist - Stephanie Day
  • Herbert W McCulley - Self-portrait
  • Alfred Ernest MacDonald - WC Milne, Esq
  • Violet M McInnes - Miss Joan Nita
  • W B McInnes - Miss Susan Williams
  • W B McInnes - Sir Robert Wade
  • W B McInnes - Gen Sir Harry Chauvel
  • Alex McMurtrie - Dignity and impudence
  • Langton Madden - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Peter Lawrence, Esq
  • Max Meldrum - Self-portrait
  • Max Meldrum - Prof W Agar, FRS
  • Miriam Moxham - Henry B Rain, Esq
  • Miriam Moxham - Miss Myra Cocks and Elaine
  • G Needham - Lionel Shave, Esq
  • A E Newbury - W J Penfold, MB, CM (Edin), BHy (Dunclm)
  • Eric Nilan - D Nelson, Esq
  • Eric Nilan - DGM Jackson, Esq, MA
  • Justin O'Brien - Miss Dorothy Johnston
  • Roy Opie - L Reynolds, Esq
  • Roy Opie - Mr James Opie
  • T R Palmer - Self-portrait
  • Esther Paterson - Miss Betty Paterson
  • C W Peck - One of the Smith family
  • C W Peck - Mrs Drinkwater
  • Clif Peir - Miss Ann
  • Clif Peir - Miss Kathleen Maxwell
  • James Quinn - Rt Hon RG Casey
  • Joan E Reid - Portrait of a boy
  • Stuart Reid - ARJ Watt, Esq, KC
  • C Darcy Rendalls - Portrait of a man
  • Eileen M Robertson - My sister
  • Mollie Rohr - The maid
  • Mollie Rohr - Miniature
  • Mollie Rohr - The final likeness
  • Mollie Rohr - Self-portrait
  • Mollie Rohr - Portrait of a man
  • J H R Rousel - Thos Porter, Esq
  • J H R Rousel - Rt Hon Sir Earle Page, KCMG
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Murray Griffin, Esq
  • William Rowell - Rt Hon RG Menzies
  • William Rowell - Bernard O'Dowd, Esq
  • William Rowell - Arltingah
  • Eric Saunders - Lewis Gooresky
  • Eric Saunders - Duncan Macdougall
  • Eric Saunders - Daphne Winslow
  • Reginald Jack Shepherd - Ald Mrs Fowler
  • Reginald Jack Shepherd - Judith Ann
  • Albert Victor Simmons - Mrs Thomas
  • David Sing - Miss Sanchia Thomasson
  • David Sing - Mr W Magee
  • David Sing - Mrs E Thomasson
  • Joshua Smith - Mrs Louisa Smith
  • Joshua Smith - Miss Dymphna Cusack
  • Joshua Smith - John Graham, Esq
  • W Sprenger - Self-portrait
  • E Steitz - The hunter
  • M Summers - Self-portrait
  • Beulah Symes Leicester - Dr Charles Fenner
  • Stephanie Taylor - Mrs Alice Thomas
  • Lesbia Thorpe - Miss Rose Broit
  • Lesbia Thorpe - Mrs Havelock Southwick
  • Frederick Lyttelton Tregear - Miss Badgery
  • Lyall Trindall - Dr BT Edye
  • Lyall Trindall - Rubery Bennett, Esq
  • Lyall Trindall - The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Ald N Nock
  • Melba van der Velden - Self-portrait
  • Charles Wheeler - Ernest Joske, Esq, LLB
  • Charles Wheeler - Mrs FW Dennett
  • Harold V Whitlock - The blue cape
  • Harold V Whitlock - Edith
  • Dora Wilson - Miss Sybil Craig
  • Dora Wilson - Alan Marshall, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Margaret Swann
  • Joseph Wolinski - T Stuart Gurr, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Roderic Quinn
  • Joseph Wolinski - Rosine Guiterman, MA
  • Joseph Wolinski - KR Cramp, Esq, OBE, MA
  • Joseph Wolinski - CH Harrison, Esq, BA
  • Arnold Zimmerman - Bitter wine - self-portrait
  • Arnold Zimmerman - Here's luck
  • Arnold Zimmerman - SG Thorpe, Esq