An image of H. Desbrowe Annear

W B McInnes

(Australia 1889 – 1939)

H. Desbrowe Annear

Not on display
Further information

W.B. McInnes' portrait of Desbrowe Annear (1865–1933) is significant as winner of the first Archibald Prize in 1921. Winning the prize six more times for his characteristically dark, tonal portraits, McInnes was the pre-eminent artist of the Prize's first decade, and, with John Longstaff, virtually dominated official portraiture. Desbrowe Annear was a well-known Melbourne architect. Primarily a designer of houses, his best known are 32, 34 and 38 The Eyrie, Eaglemont, constructed between 1902 and 1903. Working in a variety of modern styles, Annear sought to create an architecture suited to the climate and geography of Australia.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

This work was aquired by the Gallery in 1922.

(circa 1921)
oil on canvas
107.5 x 104.2 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the artist 1922
Accession number