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Winner for 1939


Finalists for 1939

  • Harold Abbott - Miss Margaret Murray
  • Harold Abbott - Neil McNeil, Esq
  • Harold Abbott - Robert Gillespie, Esq
  • Harold Abbott - Mrs C de Burgh
  • Harold Abbott - Mrs R Abbott
  • James Muir Auld - Self-portrait
  • Herbert Badham - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Portrait of a man
  • Reginald Thomas Bassett - Self-portrait
  • Douglas Baulch - Self-portrait
  • Daysi M Brookes - Robert McKechnie, Esq
  • Daysi M Brookes - Dr E McAustin Steel
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Self-portrait
  • Jack Carington Smith - Sir John Ramsay
  • Frank R Carter - Mrs Beryl James
  • Norman Carter - Paymaster Lieut Keith H Waterhouse, RAN, VR
  • Norman Carter - R B Kelly, Esq, DVSc
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Ellen
  • Roy Dalgarno - Prof J V Duhig, MB, FRACP
  • William Dargie - Self-portrait and mask
  • William Dargie - The artist's wife
  • Ayesha Dean - Portrait of a man
  • Aileen R Dent - C N McKenzie, Esq (President Melbourne Scot)
  • E C Draper - Portrait of a Lady
  • Elsie Elder - Mr Casey, MP.
  • Nell Eveston - Gloria Favolora
  • Nell Eveston - Mrs Loschiavo
  • Nell Eveston - Olive
  • Marjorie Glyn-Edwards - Hugh Reilly, Esq.
  • John Barclay Godson - Johnnie
  • John Barclay Godson - Self-portrait
  • John Barclay Godson - Hilda
  • Helena Nellie Govett - Sir Harold Gengoult Smith
  • Gwendolyn Grant - John Ramsay, Esq.
  • Gwendolyn Grant - Ann
  • William Gregory Grant - Mrs Gwendolyn Grant
  • Harley Griffiths (junior) - Portrait of a pugilist
  • Harley Griffiths (junior) - O Dutton, Esq
  • A F Hancox - Self-portrait
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Self-portrait
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - The pink wrap
  • John R Heath - Emeritus Prof. W. Gilmour
  • Joseph Holloway - Roy Thibou, Esq.
  • Edith L Holmes - My aunt
  • Ursula Holterhoff - Self-portrait
  • Tom Hubble - Julian
  • Evan Hughes - Bruce Salter, Esq.
  • Harold Stafford Huntley - Miss Eula Ross
  • Rupert Hutter - Self-portrait
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mrs C Corsellis
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Miss Berna Begley
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - G Pitt Morison, Esq, Curator, Perth Art Gallery
  • M G J Johnston - Lieut. Col. G. F. G. Weick
  • Eric Kaylock - Self-portrait
  • Herbert Kemble - Louise A
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Miss Barbara Dare
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Miss Gwen Friend
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - D.A.W. Robertson, Esq.
  • Theo M Kielly - Self-portrait
  • J Noel Kilgour - Mrs Nancy Kilgour
  • Edwin Harold King - The Artist's Brother
  • Edwin Harold King - Portrait of a man
  • Edwin Harold King - The Artist's Sister
  • Garrett Kingsley - Portrait of a Lady
  • Garrett Kingsley - John G. Lindsay, Esq
  • Frederick William Leist - Miss Sheila Mitchell
  • Albert Leyshon - Self-portrait
  • Herbert W McCulley - Self-portrait
  • R J McFadden - Portrait of a man
  • R J McFadden - Self-portrait
  • G M McHolme - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Major C.E.T. Newman ( Indian Army)
  • Tempe Manning - Colin E. Anderson, Esq.
  • Tempe Manning - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Father Cohen, CA (Father Superior, House of the Ascension, Goulburn, NSW)
  • Max Meldrum - Hon GJ Bell, CMG, DSO, VD (Speaker, House of Representatives) (Winner: Archibald Prize 1939)
  • R A Morrisey - Miss Maureen Morrisey
  • Lionel Neate - Mr W. R. Hurst, A.R.C.O.
  • Percival James Norton - Mrs G. Davis
  • Percival James Norton - P. W. Gledhill, Esq.
  • Justin O'Brien - Eric Irvin, poet
  • Justin O'Brien - Self-portrait
  • Justin O'Brien - Mrs Hodson
  • Roy Opie - Harold Herbert, Esq.
  • T R Palmer - The artist's bride
  • T R Palmer - Rev. C. R. King
  • Esther Paterson - Herman Gill, Esq.
  • Esther Paterson - Miss Betty Paterson
  • Clif Peir - Miss Genevieve Madden
  • Russell W Phillips - Portrait of a lady
  • Russell W Phillips - Self-portrait
  • Muriel Pornett - Window light
  • Harold Septimus Power - Dr A. E. Richardson, C.M.G., M.A.D. (Oxon)
  • M Prowse Carey - Self-portrait
  • James Quinn - George Bell, artist and critic
  • James Quinn - Self-portrait
  • Stuart Reid - Mrs A. Thyne Reid
  • Eileen M Robertson - Self-portrait
  • J H R Rousel - George H Forsyth, Esq
  • J H R Rousel - Judge Coyle
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - John Bowles, Sculptor [sic]
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Prof. A. Boyce Gibson, M.A. ( Oxon.)
  • William Rowell - Jackeroo
  • William Rowell - Major-Gen Sir William Glasgow, KCB, CMG, DSO, VD
  • William Rowell - Francis de Castella
  • William Rowell - Dr AE Mills
  • Horace Rudgley - Mrs H Rudgley
  • Samuel Rudgley - Self-portrait
  • A W Sampson - Margaret Verrell
  • Eric Saunders - Kylie Tennant
  • Eric Saunders - Mischa Burlakov
  • Roderick Shaw - Richard Edwards, BA
  • Reginald Jack Shepherd - Laurel
  • Joshua Smith - Sister M Deane
  • W Sprenger - Self-portrait
  • S Scott Sudlow - Self-portrait
  • Graham A Thorley - Senator Major-Gen CH Brand, CBCMG, CVO, DSO
  • Dora Toovey - Miss Ruth Eason
  • Frederick Lyttelton Tregear - Self-portrait
  • Lyall Trindall - Mrs R Rajola
  • Albert Tucker - Harry de Hartog
  • Roland Wakelin - Mother and child
  • Leslie J Walker - A. C. Martin, Esq.
  • Leslie J Walker - F. Pidcock, Esq.
  • Douglas Watson - Self-portrait
  • Harold V Whitlock - Self-portrait
  • Rita Wilson - Self-portrait
  • Margery Withers - R McCann, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wolinski - Thomas Ranken, Esq.
  • Joseph Wolinski - Desiderius Orban
  • Joseph Wolinski - Ald. ES Marks
  • Joseph Wolinski - H. Neville Smith, Esq.
  • Arnold Zimmerman - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Ben de Bolle - Major Gen. W. A. Coxen, C.B., C.M.G./D.S.O.