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Archibald Prize 1948

Entries: 129 (81 selected)
Exhibition dates: 22 January to 7 March 1949
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

William Dobell won both the Archibald Prize and the Wynne Prize in the same year – the first artist to do so. His winning portrait of artist Margaret Olley was bought by the Gallery. The exhibition broke opening-day records with around 5000 people visiting.

  • Tom Alban - Melbourne Ward, Esq, FRZS, FZS
  • Tom Alban - Captain Kasakoff
  • S Antonini - Miss Agnew
  • S Antonini - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Artist's wife
  • Normand Baker - Self-portrait
  • Howard Barron - 'Trudy of England' Mrs GV Wikner
  • Robert A Blake - Maestro Franco Ghione
  • Mary Brady - Miss Florence Goldman
  • Mary Brady - Artist's brother
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Harold Blair
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Dr HV Mattingley, DDSc, BDSc (Melb Univ), MACD
  • Charles Bush - Self-portrait
  • Mary Caldersmith - Self-portrait
  • Jack Carington Smith - The Hon Sir John Morris, Kt, MA, LLD, Chief Justice of Tasmania
  • Harold Chester - The Very Rev John Flynn, OBE, DD
  • A D Colquhoun - Amalie S Colquhoun
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Flight Lieut James Bruce Birchfield, No 3 Squadron, RAAF
  • James Cook - Douglas Dundas, Esq
  • William Dargie - Miss Beatrice Tange
  • William Dargie - Sir Samuel Hordern, KBE
  • William Dargie - Lt-Col CW Anderson, VC, MC
  • Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo - Lt-Colonel JM Prentice
  • Aileen R Dent - Air Vice Marshal Victor Hurley, CB, CMG, KHS, VD
  • William Dobell - Margaret Olley (Winner: Archibald Prize 1948)
  • Keith McKay Edmunds - Dr Wilfred Giblin, FRCS, of Hobart, Tasmania
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Self-portrait
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Constance Robertson
  • Frances D Ellis - George Valder, Esq
  • Joy Ewart - Miss Dorothy I Knox, MA
  • Winston Fry - The artist's sons
  • Edna Garran-Brown - Self-portrait
  • Anson Gilchrist - Dr Wheatley
  • James William Govett - Beth Thwaites (Mrs Elizabeth McInnes)
  • James William Govett - Madame Hanson-Dyer
  • Vaughan Murray Griffin - Self-portrait
  • Harley Griffiths (junior) - Portrait of my father
  • Clive Guthrie - Miss Bessie J Mitchell
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - His Honour Judge Perdriau
  • E A Harvey - Portrait of Mrs Taussig
  • John R Heath - Rudolph Himmer, Esq
  • Newton Hedstrom - Portrait study
  • Sali Herman - Wallace Thornton
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mr Roland Foster FGSM (London)
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mr P Le Couteur, headmaster of Newington College, Stanmore, Sydney, NSW
  • Justus Jorgensen - JH Edgar, Esq
  • Justus Jorgensen - JH Buesst, Esq
  • Vincent Juradowitch - Mrs Rich
  • Herbert Kemble - Self-portrait
  • J Noel Kilgour - Mrs Gladys Rodd
  • J Noel Kilgour - Lyndon Dadswell
  • Garrett Kingsley - Portrait of a mother
  • Charles McKervey - David Saxby, Esq
  • Tempe Manning - Gwen Meredith (Mrs Ainsworth Harrison), BA
  • Alfreda Marcovitch - MK Doherty
  • Joseph Wilson Mawhinney - James Phillips
  • Amy Constance Morton - Portrait of Mrs Frank Mulhulland
  • Hilda Rix Nicholas - Howard Ashton, Esq
  • George Olszanski - Mrs Lesley Brash
  • George Olszanski - AP Oxley, the grandson of Mr P Bushel
  • L Scott Pendlebury - SB Robertson, Esq
  • Judith M Perrey - Dr Joseph Patrick Fogarty
  • William Pidgeon - FJ Broadhurst
  • Eric John Smith - Mr Harold Peck
  • Eric John Smith - Mr Alan Warren
  • Jim Smith - EA Harvey
  • Joshua Smith - Dame Mary Gilmore
  • Joshua Smith - The late matron Elizabeth Hunter, MBE, at the request of the doctors of the Waverley War Memorial Hospital
  • Audrey C Snell - Mr Peter French
  • Roland Strasser - Mrs Justice ED Roper
  • Roland Strasser - Mrs Eric Pratten
  • Kenneth D Thomson - Portrait study
  • Graham A Thorley - William (Jock) Frater
  • Harold L Thornton - Roy Rene (Mo)
  • Wallace Thornton - Lyndon Dadswell
  • Dora Toovey - Hugh Laming
  • Lyall Trindall - EJ Hallstrom, FRZS
  • Mary Troy - Most Rev JD Simonds, DD, PhD, coadjutor, Archbishop of Melbourne
  • Maria Teresa Vigano - Portrait study
  • Joseph Wolinski - Mr John Goulston
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait