In celebration of 100 years of Australia’s oldest and best loved portrait award, the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this issue features three unforgettable Archibald Prize-winning portraits from across the decades.

First awarded in 1921, the Archibald Prize was established following a bequest from former Art Gallery trustee and founder of The Bulletin magazine, JF Archibald (1856–1919), whose aim was to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. This annual open competition, which is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery, is awarded to the best portrait, “preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in arts, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia”. Since its inception, the prize has attracted entries from both prominent and emerging artists in Australia and New Zealand, and celebrated figures from all walks of life. This Archibald centenary year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the home of the prize and one of the nation’s major cultural institutions.

Technical specifications

Issue date
28 September 2021
Issue withdrawal date
31 March 2022
$1.10 x 3
Stamp design
Lynette Traynor, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos.
RA Printing
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
30 x 50
14 x 14.4
Sheet layout
Modules of 25
FDI Postmark
Sydney NSW 2000
FDI withdrawal date
27 October 2021

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 William Dobell, Margaret Olley 1948

The 1948 winning portrait of artist Margaret Olley (1923–2011) by William Dobell (1899–1970) is one of his finest works. It is now in the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection, where it is an enduring favourite. Depicting a beloved figure of Australian art, Olley was known for her joyous still life and interior paintings, and as an important benefactor to the arts.

$1.10 William Dargie, Portrait of Albert Namatjira 1956

This work is one of the most recognisable and universally respected of all Archibald winners, the winning portrait of Western Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira (1902–59) by celebrated Australian portrait painter William Dargie (1912–2003). This iconic portrait was painted in Sydney during a visit by Namatjira to the city. The artwork now resides in the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, which purchased it in 1957.

$1.10 Del Kathryn Barton, hugo 2013

This work is the 2013 winning portrait of one of Australia’s most acclaimed actors, Hugo Weaving (b. 1960), by Del Kathryn Barton (b. 1972), who is renowned for decorative, highly detailed paintings with vibrant, figurative imagery. The work is now part of a private collection. Find out more on Del Kathyrn Barton in our article Putting her stamp on the Archibald Prize centenary year

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Set of stamps:

Set of 100 Years of the Archibald Prize Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains all three stamps from the 100 Years of the Archibald Prize stamp issue.

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100 Years of the Archibald Prize Stamp Pack

The 100 Years of the Archibald Prize stamp pack contains all three stamps from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder.

Gutter strip:

Gutter Strip of 10x $1.10 William Dobell Stamps

The gutter strip consists of 10 x $1.10 William Dobell stamps from the 100 Years of the Archibald Prize stamp issue.

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Set of 100 Years of the Archibald Prize Maxicards

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