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Archibald Prize 1946

Entries: 153 entries (80 selected)
Prize money: between £400 and £500
Exhibition dates: 18 January to 2 March 1947
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

The number of entries each artist could submit was limited for the first time. It was also the first year in which a selection of works was made for exhibition, rather than displaying all the entries. More than half were eliminated, and some artists were angered that they were not included. The trustees defended the new approach, and encouraged those artists not selected to hold their own exhibition.

  • Harold Abbott - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Artist's wife
  • Normand Baker - Self-portrait
  • Howard Barron - Pamela, daughter of Mr and Mrs Cobcroft
  • Howard Barron - The Most Rev James Duhig, DD, LLD, Archbishop of Brisbane
  • Mary Brady - Josephine
  • Mary Brady - Artist's brother
  • Daysi M Brookes - John Allcot
  • Maude E M Burrell - Captain HM Burrell
  • Charles Bush - Phyl Waterhouse
  • Jack Carington Smith - Portrait study
  • Jack Carington Smith - Grey, green and brown
  • Norman Carter - Roy Hendy, CMG
  • W Chamberlain - Mr Spencer-Nolan
  • A Colquhoun - Portrait study
  • William Dargie - LC Robson, MC, MA (Winner: Archibald Prize 1946)
  • Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo - PW Gledhill, Esq
  • Aileen R Dent - Col Wallace Ross
  • William Dobell - Portrait of Mrs F Clune
  • Albert Enes - Self-portrait
  • Albert Enes - Janet
  • Donald Fogarty - John Aitchison-Campbell
  • Edna Garran-Brown - Mrs Garran Graham Brown
  • J C Goodhart - Portrait study
  • Harold Greenhill - Mrs R Kerslake
  • Leonard James Green - Hon Sir Norman Kater, Kt, MLC
  • Geffrey Grey - Self-portrait
  • Paul Haefliger - Annette
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - John Frith
  • Rolf Harris - Portrait of a school boy
  • E A Harvey - Ronald McKie
  • Weaver Hawkins - Neura Hall
  • Newton Hedstrom - Sgt Bowman
  • Sali Herman - Self-portrait
  • Malcolm C Hone - Professor Harold Woodruff
  • J C Hutchings - Margaret
  • Robin Jansen - Miss D Hemingway
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Headmaster
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mrs Eric Campbell
  • Mollie G Johnson - Evadne Fenn-Lusher, solicitor
  • Mollie G Johnson - Miss Nan Lyall
  • Justus Jorgensen - Portrait study
  • Justus Jorgensen - Portrait study
  • Vincent Juradowitch - V Charlesworth
  • J Noel Kilgour - Mr and Mrs CH Vacchini
  • Garrett Kingsley - Mrs D Pratten
  • Garrett Kingsley - Mr Gordon Russell
  • Ronald J Laskie - The artist's brother
  • Herbert McClintock - Self-portrait
  • E J Malouf - Her wedding day
  • Joseph Wilson Mawhinney - Lajos Steiner
  • Joseph Wilson Mawhinney - Self-portrait
  • Brian Midlane - Miss MD Paxton
  • Rufus Morris - Ted Scorfield, Esq
  • Arthur J Murch - Professor RD Watt
  • Desiderius Orban - Self-portrait
  • Ruth Pasco - Moira
  • Frank Payne - David Mark Hutchinson-Smith
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Professor WA Osborne
  • A W Sampson - Mr Golding
  • A W Sampson - Mr W Macreadie
  • Francis Sherwood - Self-portrait
  • C Neville Smith - The age of innocence
  • C S Smith - Mr Karl Burggraf
  • Joshua Smith - Hon FM Forde, PC, Australian High Commissioner to Canada
  • Joshua Smith - Hon WJ McKell, KC, Premier of NSW
  • L Snyder - Self-portrait
  • Lionel H Taprell - DH Taprell
  • Harold L Thornton - William Roberts
  • Wallace Thornton - Self-portrait
  • Lyall Trindall - Mr Newell R Shead
  • Lyall Trindall - Miss Treasure Casey, MRAD
  • Hayward Veal - Michael Romanoff
  • Hayward Veal - Father Coaldrake
  • Jack Waugh - Self-portrait
  • Charles Wheeler - HJ Stewart, MA
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait
  • Joseph Wolinski - Will Lawson
  • Eric Wright - Mr H Shephard
  • V Zanalis - Michael Dryen, MPS