Arthur Murch entered many portraits in the Archibald Prize. His first entry was in 1928; his last in 1969. At his fifteenth try, in 1949, he won the prize with his portrait of Bonar Dunlop.
oil on masonite 104 x 73 cm
Winner of the Archibald Prize 1949
Bonar Dunlop was a sculptor who had attended Murch’s sculpture classes at East Sydney Technical College. It was Murch’s tenth entry in the Archibald. View the Cinesound Newsreel of the 1949 Archibald Prize.
Other portraits that Murch entered into the Archibald:
1935: Miss Suzanne Crookston, Cav. A. Dattilo Rubbo, Miss Lelia Suleau
1943: Kenneth Wilkinson
1949: Bonar Dunlop & Self Portrait
1950: George Wallace
1951: G. K. Townshend – See Manly Art Gallery and Museum Collection
1954: John Santry – See Manly Art Gallery and Museum Collection
1955: Neville Fortescue
1958: T. E. L McGuire