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

Archibald Prize 1953

Entries: 196 (72 selected)
Exhibition dates: 23 January to 28 February 1954
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

A new system of preferential voting for the Archibald winner was introduced following previous protests. Each Gallery trustee voted for ten works, in order of preference. A state electoral officer collated these votes to establish a shortlist of five, then each trustee again ranked these in order of preference to decide the winner.

  • S Antonini - Miss M Shaw
  • Alan Baker - Artist's wife
  • Stanley Ballard - Portrait of Donald Cameron
  • Stanley Ballard - Portrait of His Honour Judge Moore
  • Esme Bell - Mrs Keith McKeon
  • Reshid Bey - John Casson, Esq
  • Mary Brady - The Hon Mr Justice AM Webb
  • Ernest Buckmaster - Lieut Gen Sir Horace Robertson
  • Norma Bull - Mrs Edward Stevens
  • Charles Bush - Allan R Henderson
  • Donald Cameron - Portrait of Mr WCG Macracken
  • Donald Cameron - Portrait of the Reverend AC Karmouche
  • Reg Campbell - Albert Namatjira
  • Jack Carington Smith - John Pearce
  • Jack Carington Smith - Leighton Irwin, CMG
  • Norman Carter - Lt Col FL Coldwell-Smith, MVO, MC
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Richard Trent
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of CR McKerihan
  • Noel Counihan - Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Noel Counihan - Portrait of Vance Palmer
  • Ronald William Crawford - Miss Olive Wren
  • George Crossley - Dr Robert Kiel
  • William Dargie - The Hon Sir Colin Archibald Sinclair, KBE
  • Aileen R Dent - Mr Henry Searby, MS, FRCS, FRACS, QHS
  • William Dobell - Harry Stevenson
  • John Dowie - The Hon Sir John Mellis Napier, KCMG, KtStJ
  • Dudley Drew - The late King O'Malley
  • Dudley Drew - Mr SS Anderson
  • Peter Louis Elliott - R Windeyer, QC
  • Sam Fullbrook - Bernard Sahm
  • Owen Garde - Sir John Dwyer, Chief Justice of Western Australia
  • James William Govett - Professor Chisholm
  • Ambrose Griffin - Mrs E Beaurepaire
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Rufus Morris, Esq
  • E A Harvey - Portrait of Mrs EA Harvey
  • Weaver Hawkins - Helen Simpson
  • Ivor Hele - John Horner, Esq
  • Ivor Hele - Sir Henry Simpson Newland, CBE, DSO, MS, FRCS (Winner: Archibald Prize 1953)
  • Robert Hofmann - Peter Leonard
  • Edith L Holmes - Barclay Erskine
  • Tom Hubble - Vol Molesworth
  • Graeme Inson - The Hon Sir Raymond Kelly
  • Graeme Inson - Brian Fitzpatrick, Esq
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Lady Hallstrom
  • Vernon Jones - John Breen
  • J Noel Kilgour - Miss Lorraine Millard
  • Garrett Kingsley - Rear Admiral HA Showers, CBE
  • Kurt Klingstedt - The Hon FH Hawkins, MLA, Minister for Lands
  • Kurt Klingstedt - Professor Harry Messel
  • Tempe Manning - Self-portrait
  • Fred Martin - Miss Mena Abdullah
  • Max Martin - Archbishop Mannix
  • Charles Meere - Carol
  • Max Meldrum - Mrs G Weir
  • Timothy Messack - Self-portrait
  • Graham Moore - CG Crane, Esq
  • Arthur J Murch - Douglas Stewart
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Miss M Stuart
  • Judith M Perry - Portrait of Ian Cole
  • John Peterson - Self-portrait
  • William Pidgeon - The late Captain WG Lawrence
  • William Pidgeon - Miss Dorothy Lees
  • John Thomas Rigby - Mr Jon Molvig
  • Albert Rydge - Portrait of Clifford Grant as Giovanni
  • Jeffrey Smart - JL Stephen Mansfield, FRIBA
  • C S Smith - Gwynneth Stone
  • Joshua Smith - Mr AD Aboud
  • Graham A Thorley - Adrian Riordan
  • Wallace Thornton - Lyndon Dadswell
  • Dora Toovey - Miss Jacqueline Jackson
  • Clive Wilbow - Self-portrait
  • Reinis Zusters - Sir Robert Garran