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

Archibald Prize 1958

Entries: 134 (66 selected)
Exhibition dates: 12 December 1958 to 18 January 1959
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

William Pidgeon’s win was seen by some as breaking a monopoly in which one of a small cohort of artists was awarded the prize each year (although Pidgeon himself would go on to win twice more in the next decade).

However, attendances at the exhibition declined severely, which was put down to the changed timing for the exhibition initiated the previous year.

  • Mary Abbott - Hazel Tait
  • Alan Baker - AE Walker, Esq
  • Alan Baker - Dr Darcy Williams
  • Stanley Ballard - Jack O'Hagan
  • Frederic Henry Bates - Catherine Lim, MA
  • Frederic Henry Bates - Gayne Dexter, Esq
  • Shirley Bourne - Mrs Derek Bodaan
  • Mary Brady - Neil Packer, Esq
  • Rosalind Buley - Emeritus Professor Harvey Sutton, OBE
  • Charles Bush - Self-portrait at 38
  • Charles Bush - Phyl Waterhouse
  • Reg Campbell - Sir Donald Bradman, Kt
  • Jack Carington Smith - Self-portrait
  • Leonard Henry Carter - It's me O Lord
  • Noel Counihan - Mr DC Rowntree, federal president, Australian Meat Industry Employees Union
  • Howard Cunningham - Phillip (Stumpy) Kirkwood
  • William Dargie - The Very Rev Sir Francis Rolland, KB, CMG, OBE, MC, KA, moderator general of the Presbyterian Church of Australia
  • Aileen R Dent - Sir John Jungwirth, secretary to the premier of Victoria
  • Frank G Dickinson - Emmet Spring, MS, FRACS
  • Judith Eagle - Self-portrait
  • Clyve Elliott - Mother and child
  • Peter Louis Elliott - DA O'Brien, Esq
  • Peter Louis Elliott - H Talbot Sanderson, Esq
  • Paul Fitzgerald - Mr Justice RV Monahan
  • Bruce Fletcher - Self-portrait
  • Victor Forstmann - Darlene Johnson in 'Look back in anger'
  • Kit Goninon - Barbara Randell
  • Vaughan Murray Griffin - Self-portrait
  • Harley Griffiths (junior) - Sir Daryl Lindsay, Hon, LLD
  • Roger M Hallett - Jenifer
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - The Hon Mr Justice LJ Herron
  • Ronald Hardacre - Bill Arthur
  • E A Harvey - Jeanette
  • Gerard Havekes - Lloyd Rees
  • Ivor Hele - Portrait of the artist's wife
  • Ivor Hele - EW Hayward, CStJ
  • Sali Herman - Peter Sainthill, music critic
  • Graeme Inson - Rem McClintock
  • Graeme Inson - John Tuck
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Self-portrait
  • Garrett Kingsley - Self-portrait
  • Valerie Lazarus - Sydney H Deamer, Esq
  • Valerie Lazarus - Dr Everett R Magnus, BDS, DDSc
  • Alex D Lewis - Rev F Myhill-Taylor
  • Vaike Liibus - Gerard Havekes
  • Herbert McClintock - Ralph Holland
  • Enid Mackellar - Mrs JK MacKay Snr
  • Mary Elizabeth McLeish - Self-portrait
  • Alan Martin - F Jacka, PhD
  • Charles Meere - Rex Whibley
  • Max Middleton - Dr RM Ellison
  • Clem Millward - Old Bull
  • Alan Moore - Self-portrait
  • Arthur J Murch - Mr TEL McGuire
  • L Scott Pendlebury - Dr Cyril Tonkin
  • William Pidgeon - Mr Ray Walker (Winner: Archibald Prize 1958)
  • William Pidgeon - Mr LJ Thompson
  • Winifred Robbins - Dr R Halse, Archbishop of Brisbane
  • Hans Selke - The Duke of Darlo
  • Joshua Smith - Mr RA Golding, BA
  • Joshua Smith - Lt Gen Sir Frank Berryman, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO
  • Graham A Thorley - Jenny Dyason
  • Graham A Thorley - Vicomtesse de la Vatine
  • Thora Ungar - John Medhurst
  • Alan Warren - VE Greenhalgh, FRSA
  • Dick Watkins - Felix Barton