Shortlist year: 
2022
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Halstead Press

About the book

The Case that Stopped a Nation: The Archibald Prize controversy of 1944 by Peter Edwell, Halstead Press

A thorough telling of the 1944 Archibald prize scandal involving William Dobell's winning portrait of fellow artist Joshua Smith, and the court case that ensued. Features a who's who of the Australian arts scene in the first half of the 20th century.