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

Archibald Prize 1952

Entries: 241 (83 selected)
Exhibition dates: 24 January to 8 March 1953
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

William Dargie’s seventh win – for a portrait of BHP chairman Essington Lewis – provoked an art students’ demonstration. Students, including John Olsen, marched around the Gallery, gave three cheers for Picasso and left. A woman in the demonstration tied a placard around the neck of her dachshund, which read ‘Winner Archibald Prize – William Doggie’.

The first show of entries rejected by the Gallery trustees was held, in February 1953 at the NSW Department of Education galleries in aid of the St Johns Ambulance Brigade. At the opening, artists handed out a leaflet demanding ‘Gallery reform’ and a limitation of the trustees’ term of office.

  • Harold Abbott - Ronald Gamack
  • John Allcot - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Harry Pugmire (artist)
  • Alan Baker - John F Metcalfe, MME
  • Normand Baker - Mrs RE Lawrence
  • Stanley Ballard - Portrait of Miss Jean Nicoll
  • G F Bissietta - Self-portrait
  • Mary Brady - Mrs ME Cox
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Dame Mary Daly, DBE
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Old Wymer
  • Norma Bull - Norris, Aboriginal rodeo star
  • Charles Bush - Self-portrait
  • Mary Caldersmith - Portrait of an author, Stanton-Hope (WE Stanton-Hope, FRGS)
  • Donald Cameron - Portrait of Sister Judith Wallace
  • Reg Campbell - Dr RN Bracewell, BSc, ME (Syd), PhD (Cantab), AMIEE, FRAS
  • Jack Carington Smith - J Bruce Piggott, LCB (chairman, Council of National Theatre and Fine Arts Society of Tasmania. Also president association in Tasmania and vice president for Australia)
  • Jack Carington Smith - Lucien Dechaineux, advisor on art in Tasmania, past principal of the Hobart Technical College
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Justice Maxwell
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Mrs Dorothy Jenner
  • Thomas Challen - Self-portrait
  • William Gilbert Collins - Self-portrait
  • A D Colquhoun - Portrait of Norman Smorgen, Esq
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Jennessee Blakie
  • Louise Cornwell - Right Rev Bishop J McKie
  • Ronald William Crawford - James Minogue
  • Howard Cunningham - CE Blackett
  • William Dargie - Mr Essington Lewis, CH (Winner: Archibald Prize 1952)
  • William Dargie - AK Anderson, Esq, MA, FR, Hist S
  • Aileen R Dent - R Durham-Smith, Esq
  • Aileen R Dent - Dr Roland Wettenhall, MB, BS, FRAP
  • William Dobell - Hedley R Marston, FRS
  • Dudley Drew - Portrait of an old lady
  • Dudley Drew - Portrait of Colleen
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Sapper Giles
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Doris Fitton
  • Owen Garde - Mr Harold Doust
  • Owen Garde - Sir Charles Gairdner, Governor of Western Australia
  • Vaughan Murray Griffin - Self-portrait
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - The Right Reverend Monsignor Meany
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - R Morley, Esq
  • David Harrison - The Rev Dr FH Rayward, OBE
  • Ivor Hele - Brigadier KA Wills, CBE, MC
  • Sali Herman - Self-portrait
  • Robert Hofmann - Portrait of Dr Irma Schnierer, AB PS
  • Edith L Holmes - Leslie Greener
  • Graeme Inson - Raymond Cribbin, Esq
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Dr AH Tebbutt DSO, FRAP
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Henry Edgecombe (Australian artist)
  • Vincent Juradowitch - Dr R Murphy
  • J Noel Kilgour - Portrait of a painter
  • J Noel Kilgour - Lt Commander (SB) Frank Norton, RANVR, official war artist
  • Garrett Kingsley - Rev Alan Walker, MA
  • Garrett Kingsley - Pixie O'Harris
  • Susann L Kirkpatrick - His Excellency The Maharaj Duleepsinhji, High Commissioner for India
  • Charles McKervey - Felix Parsons, Esq
  • Mary Elizabeth McLeish - Mignonne Armstrong
  • Tempe Manning - Sir T Malcolm Ritchie, Kt, MIE (Aust), chartered accountant
  • Fred Martin - Arthur Waite, Esq
  • Timothy Messack - Self-portrait
  • Graham Moore - Self-portrait
  • Arthur J Murch - Mrs CE Martin
  • Arthur J Murch - Dr PC Charlton, founder of Pymble Golf Club
  • Clif Peir - Mrs Eileen Peir
  • L Scott Pendlebury - ATS Sissons
  • William Pidgeon - Ald EC O'Dea, The Right Hon The Lord Mayor of Sydney
  • William Pidgeon - The Hon Mr Justice Kirby
  • Florence Aline Rodway - Portrait
  • John Thomas Nightingale Rowell - Sir Robert Wilson Knox, Kt
  • Albert Rydge - Lloyd Adams, violin maker
  • Arnold Joseph Victor Shore - Self-portrait, 1952
  • Joshua Smith - Sir William McKell
  • Julius Szentleleky - His Eminence Cardinal Gilroy
  • Graham A Thorley - Charles E Serpell, FRAIA, FRIBA, past president of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • Graham A Thorley - Dr Douglas Thomas, MD, FRAP
  • Harold L Thornton - Mr EV Timms (author)
  • Dora Toovey - Sister A Pulsford of the North-West
  • William Torrance - Self-portrait
  • Lyall Trindall - Master Raeburn Trindall
  • Lyall Trindall - Herbert R Marriner, Esq
  • Douglas Watson - Professor PDF Murray, DSc (Syd), BSc (Oxon), MA (Hon) Cantab, Challis Professor of Zoology, Sydney University
  • Charles Wheeler - Edna Rasmussen
  • Percy I White - The Very Reverend Israel Brodie, BA, BLitt, chief rabbi of the British Commonwealth of Nations
  • Reinis Zusters - Lieut-General FH Berryman, CB, CBE, DSO, GOC, Eastern Command