The Archibald Prize


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.


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:

1934: Professor Whitridge Davies

1935: Miss Suzanne Crookston, Cav. A. Dattilo Rubbo, Miss Lelia Suleau

1943: Kenneth Wilkinson

1949: Bonar Dunlop & Self Portrait


Self Portrait 1949 oil on masonite 86 x 68 cm

1950: George Wallace


George Wallace oil on board 81 x 100.5 cms Rockhampton Gallery

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