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

Archibald Prize 1949

Entries: 144 (81 selected)
Exhibition dates: 21 January to 5 March 1950
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

The first known portrait of an Indigenous Australian woman was exhibited in the Archibald Prize: a painting of blues singer Georgia Lee by Paul Haefliger.

Reacting to the entries that had been rejected by the judges for the exhibition, Margo Lewers of the Contemporary Art Society accused the Gallery trustees of showing bias against contemporary work and called for vacancies on the board to be filled by ‘persons of a more liberal and contemporary outlook’. (In 1967, a portrait of Lewers by Judy Cassab would be awarded the Archibald Prize.)

  • S Antonini - R Rubino, Esq
  • Alan Baker - Self-portrait
  • Howard Barron - Mrs Peggy Hewett
  • Mary Brady - Most Rev Edmund Gleeson, CSSR
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Rev Canon P St J Wilson, MA, ThL
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Mrs HCF Morant
  • Charles Bush - The girl in green gloves
  • Mary Caldersmith - Alton Caldersmith
  • Jack Carington Smith - Self-portrait
  • Will Clarke - Self-portrait
  • Dorothy Clemens - Alice Morgan
  • William Gilbert Collins - Mrs Robert Neale
  • A D Colquhoun - Mr Gillespie Douglas
  • A D Colquhoun - Miss Margaret Ironsides
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Rosie
  • Ronald William Crawford - Dale Collins
  • William Dargie - JS MacDonald, Esq
  • William Dargie - Mr Walter A Selle, MA
  • Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo - Self-portrait
  • Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo - Dr Michael Barry
  • Aileen R Dent - Lieut Col WW Leggatt, DSO, MC, ED, MLA
  • William Dobell - Portrait of Frank Clune
  • Henry Edelstein - Portrait of H Charles, Esq
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Self-portrait with hibiscus
  • Vaughan Murray Griffin - Garry
  • Clive Guthrie - Miss Leba White
  • Paul Haefliger - Georgia Lee
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Norman Lloyd, ROI, FRAS
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - JB Moran, Esq
  • E A Harvey - Miss Nerida Nettleton
  • Weaver Hawkins - Self-portrait
  • Newton Hedstrom - Marjory Penglase
  • Edith L Holmes - A Tasmanian girl
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Self-portrait
  • Mollie G Johnson - Marie Ray, MA
  • Vernon Jones - Miss Jane Bell, OBE
  • Vernon Jones - Jack Purtell
  • Justus Jorgensen - Portrait
  • Justus Jorgensen - Portrait
  • J Noel Kilgour - The painter's wife
  • Garrett Kingsley - Pauline
  • O Langhof - Self-portrait
  • Julia B Lynch - Mrs William Fielding
  • Charles McKervey - Fredereca Shaw
  • Mary Elizabeth McLeish - Self-portrait
  • Tempe Manning - Miss Penelope Manning
  • M G Mare - Portrait
  • Charles Meere - Portrait of Peter Hopegood
  • Max Meldrum - Self-portrait
  • Arthur J Murch - Self-portrait
  • Arthur J Murch - Bonar Dunlop (Winner: Archibald Prize 1949)
  • Pat O'Harris - Sgt John Ralston (AIF)
  • G Overton - Self-portrait
  • Wesley Penberthy - Tom Sanders
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Nornie Gude
  • William Pidgeon - Dr Gilbert Phillips
  • William Pidgeon - Self-portrait
  • George Raffan - Madam Chau
  • George Raffan - Mrs KH Rahman, MA, LLD
  • G Ridley - Mrs Andriesse of Java
  • Albert Rydge - Portrait of Ross
  • A W Sampson - Alderman Thomas Hogan
  • Phyllis Shillito - Self-portrait
  • Eric John Smith - Self-portrait
  • Joshua Smith - Professor GF Sutherland
  • Roland Strasser - Sally Gilmour, prima ballerina
  • Roland Strasser - Leo Cherniavsky, violinist
  • Margaret Swan - The sculptor
  • Lionel H Taprell - Don Furney
  • Kenneth D Thomson - Portrait study
  • Graham A Thorley - GS Crossley
  • Dora Toovey - Murray Jackson
  • Dora Toovey - P Stuart Gurr, Esq
  • Lyall Trindall - Fred A Newnham, LLB
  • Mary Troy - Miss Elizabeth Mary Johnson
  • G Vigano - Mrs Masters
  • Leslie J Walker - Peter Robertson, Esq
  • Leslie J Walker - CA Watson, Esq, BA
  • Charles Wheeler - Mrs Edna Rasmussen
  • Joseph Wolinski - Miss Grace Hillman
  • Joseph Wolinski - Self-portrait