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

Archibald Prize 1955

Entries: 182 (88 selected)
Prize money: £633 19s 6d
Exhibition dates: 21 January to 19 February 1956
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

Ivor Hele won the Archibald for the fourth time – his third win a row – for his portrait of Robert Campbell, director of the National Art Gallery of South Australia.

  • Mary Abbott - Mrs WJ Bentley
  • S Antonini - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Marjorie M Baker
  • Alan Baker - Man in the green hat
  • Reshid Bey - Allan Lowe
  • Mary Brady - FM Osborne, Esq, MP
  • Charles Bush - Self-portrait at 35
  • Donald Cameron - Lt Gen Smart
  • Reg Campbell - Capt PG Claridge
  • Reg Campbell - The Hon Sir John Mellis Napier, KCMG, LLB, Kt St J
  • Jack Carington Smith - Sir Douglas Mawson
  • Jack Carington Smith - WWV Briggs, Esq, MBE, MA, DipEd
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Chips Rafferty
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Wallace Thornton
  • William Gilbert Collins - My sister
  • A D Colquhoun - The Right Hon Sir Owen Dixon, GCMG, QC
  • A D Colquhoun - The Most Rev James Duhig, DD, CMG, LLD, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane
  • Amalie Sara Colquhoun - Miss Dorothy Ross, MSc, BA
  • Alice de Burgh - Mr Thomas de Burgh, BE, MICE, LGE
  • Aileen R Dent - The Hon RK Whately, MA, MLA
  • Aileen R Dent - Sir Frederick Hay of Alderston, Bart
  • Charles Doutney - Yvonne
  • Dudley Drew - Lt Gen Sir Horace Robertson, KBE, DSO
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Self-portrait with a shell
  • Bruce Fletcher - Brigadier G Langley, DSO, ED, BA
  • Herbert Flugelman - Eric Dunbar, Esq
  • Owen Garde - Mr Arthur Jacoby
  • Owen Garde - Mr John Dunphy
  • Stan Glinski - JG Watson, BA, MB, BS, BEc
  • John Barclay Godson - John Godson, Junr
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - ER Knox, Esq
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - Sir Eugene Goossens
  • Ronald Hardacre - Self-portrait
  • Newton Hedstrom - John Eldershaw, Esq
  • Ivor Hele - Robert Campbell (Winner: Archibald Prize 1955)
  • Ivor Hele - Senator The Hon AM McMullin
  • Sali Herman - Old woman
  • Robert Hofmann - Portrait of Frederick T Macartney
  • Tom Hubble - Professor McMahon
  • Graeme Inson - Sir Richard Boyer
  • Graeme Inson - Mrs John Bovill
  • A Jakobson - Gwenda Saunders
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Miss Grace Cardale
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Dr Mervyn Archdall
  • Vernon Jones - Wallace H Smith, Esq
  • Vincent Juradowitch - Dr M Elliott-Smith
  • Georgina Kalmar - Robert Boylan
  • J Noel Kilgour - Matron Shaw, OBE
  • Garrett Kingsley - Mrs CT Lorenz
  • Michael Kmit - Wallace Thornton
  • Michael Kmit - Dancer, Giovanna Andree Navarre
  • Anthony la Spina - Alfred F Hill, OBE
  • Valerie Lazarus - Miss P Mander-Jones
  • Valerie Lazarus - Matron EM Shaw, OBE
  • Lucy Lee - Sir Giles Chippindall, CBE
  • Alex D Lewis - The undertaker
  • Harry McDonald - Dudley Kelly
  • Mary Elizabeth McLeish - Paul McLeish, Esq
  • Mary Elizabeth McLeish - Mrs LR Buxton
  • Tempe Manning - Leonard Long
  • Fred Martin - Mrs Phyllis Creevey
  • Charles Meere - Keren Longworth
  • Timothy Messack - Self-portrait
  • Max Middleton - Dr John Cade
  • Max Middleton - The Rev Dr Alan Watson
  • Leonard Victor Mitchell - Self-portrait
  • Jon Molvig - Paul Beadle
  • Graham Moore - Sister Vivian Bullwinkel, ARRC, AANS
  • Graham Moore - Thomas Sewell
  • Arthur J Murch - Mrs H Brentnall
  • Arthur J Murch - Neville Fortescue
  • Clif Peir - Madame Gertrud Bodenwieser
  • William Pidgeon - Miss Whiteley
  • John Thomas Rigby - Portrait of a girl
  • Barbara Robertson - Bronte
  • William Salmon - CR Jury
  • Joshua Smith - Adolph Basser
  • Joshua Smith - Joshua Smith
  • C G Taylor - TJ Santry
  • Graham A Thorley - Stirling Parker, Esq
  • Wallace Thornton - Michael Kmit
  • Dora Toovey - Lloyd Rees
  • Lyall Trindall - The artist's wife
  • Mary Troy - Dora McMahon, MB, BSc
  • Charles Wheeler - Edna Rasmussen
  • Clive Wilbow - Self-portrait
  • Clive Wilbow - Mrs Iris Wilbow
  • Mavis Leslie Wilson - Sir William Angliss - at work