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

Archibald Prize 1941

Entries: 133 works
Prize money: £443 10s 4d
Exhibition dates: 17 January to 18 February 1942
All entries were exhibited; no limit to number of works each artist could submit

William Dargie was awarded the Archibald Prize for the first time. He will end up winning the prize a total of eight times – a record that has never been matched.

  • Normand Baker - Self-portrait
  • Caroline Barker - AJ McGill, Esq, KC
  • John E Bates - Self-portrait
  • S F Bond - Self-portrait
  • Ernest Buckmaster - James Quinn
  • Maude E M Burrell - CA Burrell, Esq
  • Charles Bush - Portrait (unfinished owing to mobilisation)
  • James Cant - A soldier's daughter
  • Jack Carington Smith - Lucien Dechaineux
  • Jack Carington Smith - Miss Eileen Brooker
  • Norman Carter - Dr Ian Clunies Ross
  • Margaret Coen - Douglas Stewart
  • Elaine Coghlan - Mrs R Schureck
  • William Gilbert Collins - Self-portrait
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Miss KH Pearce
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Miss Jenny Gowans
  • William Dargie - Sir James Elder, KBE (Winner: Archibald Prize 1941)
  • Robert Cameron Davie - Self-portrait
  • Aileen R Dent - Dr JM Baldwin (astronomer)
  • William Dobell - Miss Elaine Haxton
  • William Dobell - Portrait of a strapper
  • William Dobell - Squadron Leader GU 'Scotty' Allan
  • Douglas Dundas - Charles Lloyd Jones, Esq
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Self-portrait
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Sir Thomas Buckland
  • Elsie Elder - Norman Lindsay, Esq
  • Cherie Elliott - Wallace Thornton
  • Cherie Elliott - Mr Hector
  • Albert Enes - Self-portrait
  • Nell Eveston - Dr TA Palmer-Benshow, MRCS (Eng), LRCP (Lon)
  • Nell Eveston - Colourful head study
  • Naylor Gill - An English aristocrat
  • Marjorie Glyn-Edwards - Dorothy Mellor
  • Marjorie Glyn-Edwards - Mr Ken Jones
  • Hazel Goddard - Self-portrait
  • John Barclay Godson - AH Yarnold, MA
  • John Barclay Godson - Rev HL Hurst
  • John Barclay Godson - H Woolett, Esq, JP
  • James William Govett - Sir John Longstaff
  • James William Govett - Self-portrait
  • Leonard James Green - Miss Shirley McGregor
  • Leonard James Green - Bill Harris, Australian skier, Kosciusko
  • Paul Haefliger - Girl in black
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Miss Sylvia Davis
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Sonya Hanke
  • Sylvia Wilkins Hawkins - Sylvia
  • John R Heath - Self-portrait
  • Sali Herman - Mrs Edwards
  • Nora Heysen - Sir Lionel Lindsay, Kt
  • Denes Holesch - Mrs Lionel Dare
  • Nan Hortin - Portrait
  • Tom Hubble - Mrs N Whatman
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - David Maughan KC
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Mrs B Robertson
  • Margaret Gordon Johnson - Alfred Carson, Esq, OBE, JP
  • Vincent Juradowitch - Mischa Burlakov
  • Herbert Kemble - Miss Louise Aitken
  • J Noel Kilgour - J and N Kilgour
  • J Noel Kilgour - WJ Coogan, Esq, OBE
  • J Noel Kilgour - ES Rodriguez
  • Nancy Kilgour - J Noel Kilgour
  • Frederick William Leist - Surgeon Lieut Commander Susman, RANR
  • Frederick William Leist - Mrs CJ Wiley
  • Frederick William Leist - Mrs Huff Johnston
  • William Francis Loonan - Self-portrait
  • Harry McDonald - A man of the Western Plains
  • Violet M McInnes - Miss Francis de Crespigny
  • Violet M McInnes - Miss Sybil Craig
  • Lola Mason - Clive Raleigh Evatt, Esq, KC, MLA
  • Joseph Wilson Mawhinney - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wilson Mawhinney - Walter Mohr
  • Joseph Wilson Mawhinney - Sir John Butters
  • Charles Meere - Miss Doris Harrison
  • Max Meldrum - Sir David Rivett, FRS
  • Max Meldrum - Professor EW Skeats
  • Henry W Minton - Self-portrait
  • Guy McIntyre Mitchell - Mr Johnston
  • Kay Munro - RG Menzies, Esq (former prime minister)
  • Arthur J Murch - Mrs AJ Murch
  • Arthur J Murch - Frank Lumb
  • Arthur J Murch - James Cook
  • Roy Opie - Dr John Dale, OBE
  • Esther Paterson - Lieut Commander GH Gill, RANVR
  • C W Peck - Light Horse officer
  • Clif Peir - Gordon Anderson, Esq
  • Wilfred Peisley - Madame Le Bras
  • RW Phillips - Self-portrait
  • M Prowse Carey - 'J'
  • James Quinn - Ernest Buckmaster
  • James Quinn - Nurse 'Billie' Mitchell
  • James Quinn - EM Pearce, Esq
  • Mollie Rohr - Self-portrait
  • Mollie Rohr - Diana
  • Mollie Rohr - Portrait
  • J H R Rousel - Miss Margaret Rousel
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Mr Bernard Cronin
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Mr Mayne Lynton
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Miss Lew Ton
  • William Rowell - Mrs Marie Pitt
  • William Rowell - Miss Thelma Champion
  • William Rowell - Col JH Clarebrough
  • Naomi Sanguenetti - The dancer
  • Roderick Shaw - Frances Shaw
  • Reginald Jack Shepherd - Jean
  • Albert Victor Simmons - Lilley A Sim, psychic and seeress
  • David Sing - Professor Carl Sauer
  • Joshua Smith - Sister M Deane
  • Stephanie Taylor - Dr Ruby Davy
  • Stephanie Taylor - Gillespie Douglas
  • Stephanie Taylor - Mrs J Wanderly, BA
  • Francis Roy Thompson - Boy with a guitar
  • Wallace Thornton - Portrait
  • Wallace Thornton - Self-portrait
  • Lyall Trindall - The artist's wife
  • Hayward Veal - Roderic Quinn, poet
  • Douglas Watson - AA Watson, Esq
  • Douglas Watson - Mrs AT Watson
  • Douglas Watson - Self-portrait
  • Percy Watson - Self-portrait
  • Charles Wheeler - Professor WJ Young
  • Charles Wheeler - Self-portrait
  • Eric Wilson - Miss E Rankin
  • Eric Wilson - The Honorable James McGirr, Esq MLA (Minister for Lands and Local Government)
  • Eric Wilson - Mr Raymond Wilson
  • Rita Wilson - Miss Ena Wood
  • Rita Wilson - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wolinski - B Frampton, Esq
  • Joseph Wolinski - Jack O'Connor
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wolinski - Desiderius Orban
  • C Dudley Wood - Miss EM Christensen, MA
  • C Dudley Wood - Self-portrait
  • Arnold Zimmerman - Self-portrait