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

Archibald Prize 1940

Entries: 156 works
Prize money: £456 5s 8d
Exhibition dates: 22 January to 23 February 1941
All entries were exhibited; no limit to number of works each artist could submit

Max Meldrum won the Archibald Prize for a second year in a row. The Daily Telegraph reported that there was a record number of entries but they were ‘generally dull and uninspiring’.

  • Harold Abbott - Dr W Arundel Orchard
  • James Muir Auld - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Mr Hamilton
  • Normand Baker - Self-portrait
  • Normand Baker - Stella
  • Rex Battarbee - Chief Kamutu
  • Margaret Beatty - Miss Lorraine Barnes
  • AT Bernaldo - Colonel WW Whittle
  • AT Bernaldo - Edwin Rechner, Esq
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Self-portrait
  • Walter Edmund Burney - Beatrice
  • Charles Bush - Self-portrait
  • James Cant - Waterside worker
  • Jack Carington Smith - Miss Barbara Swift
  • Frank R Carter - Christopher Coe
  • Frank R Carter - William Prendergast, MA, LLB
  • Frank R Carter - Dr William Maloney
  • Norman Carter - Captain PG Taylor, EGM, MC
  • Norman Carter - Dr William Wood
  • Margaret Cilento - Sir Raphael Cilento, KBE
  • Margaret Coen - Mr Douglas Stewart
  • A D Colquhoun - Mrs S Robinson
  • A D Colquhoun - Douglas I Menzies
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Graeme Pennington
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Russell Hooper
  • Bruce M Cousin - Nan
  • William Dargie - Master Paul Warner
  • William Dargie - Daryl Lindsay
  • Sue Dennett - 'Borzoi' - Igor Schwezoff
  • Aileen R Dent - Professor John Gillies
  • Aileen R Dent - Rev J Noble-MacKenzie
  • Aileen R Dent - Madam Gregor Wood
  • William Dobell - Miss Dorothy Helmrich
  • Douglas Dundas - Miss Dorothy Thornhill
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Mrs John R Carey
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Self-portrait
  • Elsie Elder - Captain John Collins
  • Nell Eveston - Miss Jean Punch
  • Nell Eveston - Miss Mary Punch
  • Marjorie Glyn-Edwards - Mr ACH Edwards
  • Marjorie Glyn-Edwards - Self-portrait
  • John Barclay Godson - Mr Alfred Hill
  • John Barclay Godson - Madge, daughter of A Watson-Mason Esq
  • John Barclay Godson - Mrs Alex Sverjensky
  • John Barclay Godson - Mrs A Watson-Mason
  • John Barclay Godson - Mrs Henry Murdoch
  • John Barclay Godson - Selma, daughter of Mrs V Walder
  • Helena Nellie Govett - Sir Stanley Argyle
  • Gwendolyn Grant - Hon Sir James Blair, KCMG
  • Leonard James Green - Mrs Tom Luxton, Jnr
  • Thomas J Haberley - Self-portrait
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Judge Moffitt
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - H Neville Smith, Esq
  • Sylvia Harris - Mrs J Doren
  • Sylvia Harris - Prof JV Duhig, MB, FRACP
  • John R Heath - Self-portrait
  • John R Heath - Dr RV Hennessy, FRCS (Eng)
  • John J Hennessy - Self-portrait
  • Malcolm C Hone - Portrait
  • Tom Hubble - Douglas M Barrie
  • Tom Hubble - Miss Hargreave
  • Wyclif E Huston - Dr Max C McAlister, LLB
  • Rupert Hutter - HS Elvin, Esq
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mrs Bertha Maxwell
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Dr Cecil Pursor BA, MB, ChM, FRACP
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Sir John Butters
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mrs C Bede Maxwell
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Self-portrait
  • Herbert Kemble - Miss Merle Greenwood
  • Herbert Kemble - Frank D Clulow
  • Clement Charles Kennedy - Miss Jeanie Rankin
  • J Noel Kilgour - Self-portrait
  • J Noel Kilgour - Nancy Kilgour
  • J Noel Kilgour - Mrs J Kelly
  • Frederick William Leist - Dr HN Schlink, MB, ChM, FRACS, FRGS
  • Arthur Lindsay - Portrait
  • Charles Salis Lloyd - JK Moir, Esq
  • Oliver Long - Wolfgang Cardimatis
  • Eva Georgina Lucas - Portrait
  • Winifred McCubbin - Susan, daughter of the artist
  • Herbert W McCulley - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Christine Patricia Manning
  • Tempe Manning - Miss Bee Metcalfe
  • Tempe Manning - Mr WA Byram-Mansell
  • Howard Winton Matthews - Gerald de Vahl Davis, BA, ARG, BSc
  • Howard Winton Matthews - Alfred Burke
  • Maxwell - Geoffrey
  • Frank Medworth - Muriel, wife of the artist
  • Charles Meere - Freda Robertshaw
  • Charles Meere - H Naylor
  • Charles Meere - Robert Le Gay Brereton
  • Max Meldrum - Dr J Forbes Mackenzie (Winner: Archibald Prize 1940)
  • Max Meldrum - The Vice-Chancellor, Melbourne University
  • Henry W Minton - Portrait
  • Nancy Moffat - Mrs Clarence Weber, MLA
  • Alan Moore - Self-portrait
  • Arthur J Murch - R Windeyer, Esq, KC
  • Percival James Norton - E Cochrane-Emerton, Esq
  • Roy Opie - Mr Alan Eddy
  • Thelma Parr - Zara Brett
  • Esther Paterson - Self-portrait
  • Esther Paterson - Herman Gill, Esq
  • C W Peck - Flying Officer W Geoffrey Campbell
  • C W Peck - Paddy, Patsy and Pat
  • C W Peck - Self-portrait
  • Clif Peir - Miriam Hyde
  • RW Phillips - Portrait
  • RW Phillips - Self-portrait
  • M Prowse Carey - John
  • James Quinn - Percival Serle
  • James Quinn - Archbishop Mannix
  • Walter Rayment - Gunner Lawrence Rayment
  • Ingrid Rayner - Self-portrait
  • Eileen M Robertson - Self-portrait
  • J H R Rousel - OH Hudson, Esq
  • J H R Rousel - Sydney Long, ARE
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Mr Louis Lavater
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Miss Lew Ton
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - George Allen, sculptor
  • William Rowell - Harrison Owen, Esq
  • William Rowell - Self-portrait
  • William Rowell - Judge Foster
  • Samuel Rudgley - Self-portrait
  • Douglas Russell - The widow
  • A W Sampson - Major CM Strachan
  • Eric Saunders - Miss Ursula Pollock
  • Eric Saunders - G Koshnitsky
  • Roderick Shaw - Yvonne Webb
  • A J Shepherd - Pioneer
  • David Sing - Miss M McDermott
  • David Sing - Frere Jean
  • David Sing - Rev Dr Eris O'Brien
  • Joshua Smith - Mr JA Smith
  • Joshua Smith - Mrs Mary Wilson Blackwood
  • Syd Sullivan - Self-portrait
  • Graham A Thorley - A Kenyon, Esq
  • Dora Toovey - Janet Campbell
  • Dora Toovey - Jacqueline, daughter of the artist
  • Lyall Trindall - Tom McClelland, Esq
  • Lyall Trindall - Dame Mary Gilmore, DBE
  • Lyall Trindall - FAL Butler, Esq
  • Alice Turnbull - Self-portrait
  • Hayward Veal - Mr GH Brown
  • Percy Watson - Miss Eva Harris
  • Charles Wheeler - John Wilkins, Esq
  • Charles Wheeler - Canon ES Hughes
  • Harold V Whitlock - Fae
  • Harold V Whitlock - Lieutenant Jamieson
  • Eric Wilson - Mrs J Edmondson
  • Rita Wilson - Mrs Edwin Wilson
  • Joseph Wolinski - Surgeon-Capt Leonard Darby, CBE, RAN
  • Joseph Wolinski - Bernard Sugerman, LLB
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wolinski - Colonel Wilfred Vickers
  • Joseph Wolinski - Roderic Quinn
  • Arnold Zimmerman - Jascha Gopinko