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

Archibald Prize 1956

  • Mary Abbott - Imogen Osborne
  • S Antonini - Jocelyn
  • Alan Baker - Self-portrait
  • Alan Baker - Rev Douglas Coles
  • William Geoffrey Boissevain - Claude Hotchin
  • Mary Brady - RH Powers, Esq
  • Mary Caldersmith - Sister Jones
  • Donald Cameron - George Pitt, Esq
  • Reg Campbell - LC Nock, Esq
  • Reg Campbell - Evelyn Campbell
  • Jack Carington Smith - Lucien Dechaineux
  • Jack Carington Smith - Sir Samuel Wadham
  • Leonard Henry Carter - Self-portrait
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Sir Charles Bickerton Blackburn
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Mr Frank Packer
  • Barry Chamberlain - Eric Thorne
  • Louise Cornwell - Lieut-Gen Garrett
  • Ronald William Crawford - William Dolphin
  • George Crossley - Mr S Forster
  • Joseph Dainer - The Hon JJ Cahill, MLA
  • William Dargie - Air Vice-Marshal FM Bladin, CB, CBE
  • William Dargie - Mr Albert Namatjira (Winner: Archibald Prize 1956)
  • Aileen R Dent - Brin Newton John, Esq, MA
  • Mary Edwell-Burke - Miss Thelma Attwood
  • Bruce Fletcher - Mr JT Tomasetti
  • Bruce Fletcher - Lynette
  • Donald Friend - Portrait of Nicholas Harvey
  • Owen Garde - Mr Paul Thomas
  • Edna Garran-Brown - Namatjira in Sydney
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - The Hon RJ Heffron, MLA
  • Newton Hedstrom - Jim Healy
  • Ivor Hele - Mr IB Jose, MC
  • Ivor Hele - Right Rev BP Robin
  • Sali Herman - James Joyce Esq, Prince of Wales Island
  • Tom Hubble - Joe Holloway
  • Iljachapoff - Portrait of Ruby Rich
  • Graeme Inson - Roderick Shaw
  • Kenneth Jack - Self-portrait
  • Peter James - Jack Dunleavy
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Mrs C Dale
  • Georgina Kalmar - Henri Le Grand, centring clay
  • J Noel Kilgour - Rev Keith Dowding
  • Michael Kmit - Ruth Faerber
  • Eric Knight - Portrait of Olaf Ruhen
  • Valerie Lazarus - Wendy Solling
  • Valerie Lazarus - Rabbi LA Falk
  • Vaike Liibus - Joshua Smith
  • Charles McKervey - Frank Hilder, Esq
  • Mary Elizabeth McLeish - Mrs Alan Brett
  • Alan Martin - Alan Marshall
  • Leonard Victor Mitchell - Ngaio Marsh
  • Jon Molvig - Self-portrait
  • Clif Peir - Miriam Hyde
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Brett Randall
  • William Pidgeon - Mr Ben Freshwater
  • Theo Scott - Miss Marie Carberry
  • Joshua Smith - Self-portrait
  • Joshua Smith - Vaike Liibus
  • Wallace Thornton - Mrs Hugh Hamilton
  • Charles Wheeler - Mrs William Abrahams
  • Clive Wilbow - A painter of still life