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Archibald Prize 1939

Entries: 135 works
Exhibition dates: 20 January to 20 March 1940
All entries were exhibited; no limit to number of works each artist could submit

The trustees awarded the Archibald Prize to Max Meldrum for his portrait of politician George John Bell. A year earlier, Meldrum had made scathing comments about Nora Heysen’s win, including telling a journalist that the life of an artist was ‘unnatural and impossible for a woman’.

  • Harold Abbott - Mrs C de Burgh
  • Harold Abbott - Miss Margaret Murray
  • Harold Abbott - Neil McNeil, Esq
  • Harold Abbott - Mrs R Abbott
  • Harold Abbott - Robert Gillespie, Esq
  • 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 - RB Kelly, Esq, DVSc
  • Norman Carter - Paymaster Lieut Keith H Waterhouse, RAN, VR
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Ellen
  • Roy Dalgarno - Prof JV Duhig, MB, FRACP
  • William Dargie - Self-portrait and mask
  • William Dargie - The artist's wife
  • Ayesha Dean - Portrait of a man
  • Joseph Ben de Bolle - Major Gen WA Coxen, CB, CMG/DSO
  • Aileen R Dent - CN McKenzie, Esq (President Melbourne Scots)
  • E C Draper - Portrait of a lady
  • Elsie Elder - Mr Casey, MP
  • Nell Eveston - Gloria Favolora
  • Nell Eveston - Olive
  • Nell Eveston - Mrs Loschiavo
  • Marjorie Glyn-Edwards - Hugh Reilly, Esq
  • John Barclay Godson - Hilda
  • John Barclay Godson - Self-portrait
  • John Barclay Godson - Johnnie
  • Helena Nellie Govett - Sir Harold Gengoult Smith
  • Gwendolyn Grant - Ann
  • Gwendolyn Grant - John Ramsay, Esq
  • William Gregory Grant - Mrs Gwendolyn Grant
  • Harley Griffiths (junior) - O Dutton, Esq
  • Harley Griffiths (junior) - Portrait of a pugilist
  • 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 - G Pitt Morison, Esq, curator, Perth Art Gallery
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Miss Berna Begley
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Lieut Col GFG Wieck
  • Eric Kaylock - Self-portrait
  • Herbert Kemble - Louise A
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - DAW Robertson, Esq
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Miss Barbara Dare
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Miss Gwen Friend
  • 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 - John G Lindsay, Esq
  • Garrett Kingsley - Portrait of a lady
  • Frederick William Leist - Miss Sheila Mitchell
  • Albert Leyshon - Self-portrait
  • Herbert W McCulley - Self-portrait
  • R J McFadden - Self-portrait
  • R J McFadden - Portrait of a man
  • G M McHolme - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Father Cohen, CA (Father Superior, House of the Ascension, Goulburn, NSW)
  • Tempe Manning - Colin E Anderson, Esq
  • Tempe Manning - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Major CET Newman (Indian Army)
  • 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 WR Hurst, ARCO
  • Percival James Norton - PW Gledhill, Esq
  • Percival James Norton - Mrs G Davis
  • Justin O'Brien - Mrs Hodson
  • Justin O'Brien - Eric Irvin, poet
  • Justin O'Brien - Self-portrait
  • Roy Opie - Harold Herbert, Esq
  • T R Palmer - The artist's bride
  • T R Palmer - Rev CR King
  • Esther Paterson - Miss Betty Paterson
  • Esther Paterson - Herman Gill, Esq
  • Clif Peir - Miss Genevieve Madden
  • RW Phillips - Portrait of a lady
  • RW Phillips - Self-portrait
  • Muriel Pornett - Window light
  • Harold Septimus Power - Dr AE Richardson, CMG, MAD (Oxon)
  • M Prowse Carey - Self-portrait
  • James Quinn - Self-portrait
  • James Quinn - George Bell, artist and critic
  • Stuart Reid - Mrs A Thyne Reid
  • Eileen M Robertson - Self-portrait
  • J H R Rousel - Judge Coyle
  • J H R Rousel - George H Forsyth, Esq
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - John Bowles, sculptor
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Prof A Boyce Gibson, MA (Oxon)
  • William Rowell - Dr AE Mills
  • William Rowell - Francis de Castella
  • William Rowell - Jackeroo
  • William Rowell - Major-Gen Sir William Glasgow, KCB, CMG, DSO, VD
  • Horace Rudgley - Mrs H Rudgley
  • Samuel Rudgley - Self-portrait
  • A W Sampson - Margaret Verrell
  • Eric Saunders - Mischa Burlakov
  • Eric Saunders - Kylie Tennant
  • 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 - F Pidcock, Esq
  • Leslie J Walker - AC Martin, Esq
  • Douglas Watson - Self-portrait
  • Harold V Whitlock - Self-portrait
  • Rita Wilson - Self-portrait
  • Margery Withers - R McCann, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - H Neville Smith, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Thomas Ranken, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wolinski - Ald ES Marks
  • Joseph Wolinski - Desiderius Orban
  • Arnold Zimmerman - Self-portrait