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

Archibald Prize 1972

Entries: 188 (53 selected)
Exhibition dates: 20 January to 18 February 1973
Only selected works were exhibited; each artist could submit up to two works

Clifton Pugh won for the second year in a row, bringing his Archibald Prize award tally to three. (He’d won for the first time in 1965.)

  • Brian Agnew - Self-portrait
  • Ian Armstrong - William Frater
  • William Aylward - Graham Osborn
  • Alan Baker - John L Sever
  • Shirley Bourne - Professor Geoffrey Blainey
  • Lance Bressow - Mr Don Burrows, MBE
  • Charles Bush - R Seddon
  • Charles Bush - EA Douglas Watson
  • Donald Cameron - John Rowell
  • Peter James Campbell - Terry Whelan: Olsonian pots
  • Reg Campbell - Sir Garfield Barwick, KCMG
  • Judy Cassab - Portrait of Professor Bruce Williams
  • Kevin Connor - Portrait of Ray Crooke I
  • Kevin Connor - Portrait of Ray Crooke II
  • Joan Dent - Jan Gold
  • Ruth Faerber - Sir Bernard Heinze
  • Maximilian Feuerring - Self-portrait
  • Paul Fitzgerald - Sir Henry Bolte, KCMG
  • Edna Garran-Brown - Raymond Farly Thew
  • Noni Guthrie - Rosemary Wasser
  • Henry Aloysius Hanke - His Honour Judge AT Conybeare, QC
  • Newton Hedstrom - Marjory Penglase
  • Newton Hedstrom - John Eldershaw, Esq
  • Sali Herman - John Venour Dulhunty
  • Irene Gladys Hill - Mr Gordon McInnes
  • Frank Hinder - Margel Hinder
  • John Howley - Portrait of Georges Mora
  • Graeme Inson - Tony Morphett
  • Graeme Inson - Guthrie Wilson, MC
  • Reginald Jerrold-Nathan - Self-portrait
  • Michael Kmit - Michael Bartley
  • Vaike Liibus - The Hon EA Willis, MLA
  • Herbert McClintock - Max Ebert
  • Jocelyn Maughan - Portrait of Professor EG Waterhouse
  • Betty C Morgan - Robert M de Lany
  • Valda Morris - Self-portrait
  • Marjory Penglase - Jeffrey Hedstrom
  • W H Peperkamp - Portrait of RJW Selleck
  • William Pidgeon - Venita
  • Lesley Pockley - The Honourable Sir Percy Spender
  • John Proudfoot - Dr CD Throsby
  • Clifton Pugh - The Hon EG Whitlam (Winner: Archibald Prize 1972)
  • David Rae - DC Green
  • David Rae - Sue Walston
  • Aileen Rogers - Portrait of GM
  • Eric John Smith - Frank Watters
  • Eric John Smith - Studio self-portrait
  • Joshua Smith - Brigadier RQ Macarthur-Stanham of Camden Park, Menangle
  • Gunther Stopa - Sir Mark Oliphant
  • C G Taylor - Greg Hyde
  • Phyllis Paulina Waterhouse - Charles Bush and Douglas Watson
  • Guido Zuliani - Portrait of Mr JT Lang
  • Reinis Zusters - Portrait of Bill Pidgeon