Judy Cassab

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Judit Kaszab
better known as
Judy Cassab

Judy Cassab 1945.jpg
From Cassab's scrapbook deposited in the National Library of Australia: With her baby son John in Budapest in 1945 Judy Cassab was happy to be reunited with her husband as the Germans were driven out
Judit Kaszab

(1920-08-15)15 August 1920
Vienna, Austria
Died3 November 2015(2015-11-03) (aged 95)
OccupationArtist, writer
Spouse(s)Jeff Tomson
ChildrenJanos (John, 1945) and Peter (1947)

Judy Cassab AO CBE (15 August 1920 – 3 November 2015), born Judit Kaszab, was an Australian painter.

Judit Kaszab was born in Vienna, Austria in 1920 to Hungarian parents. Her husband was put in a forced labour camp by the Nazis in World War II, and returned to Hungary in 1944. She moved to Australia in 1950 and settled in Sydney.

Cassab was the first woman to win the Archibald Prize twice:

She held more than fifty solo exhibitions in Australia, as well as others in Paris and London. Cassab died on 3 November 2015 at the age of 95 in her nursing home in the Sydney suburb of Randwick.[3]


On 14 June 1969 she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in "recognition of service to the visual arts".[4]

On 26 January 1988 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) again in "recognition of service to the visual arts".[5]

On 3 March 1995 she was awarded a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney.[6]


  • 1961 - Archibald Prize (portrait of Stanislaus Rapotec)
  • 1964 - Sir Charles Lloyd Jones Memorial Prize
  • 1965 - The Helena Rubenstein Prize
  • 1967 - Archibald Prize (portrait of Margo Lewers)
  • 1971 - Sir Charles Lloyd Jones Memorial Prize
  • 1994 - The Pring Prize, Art Gallery of NSW; The Trustees Watercolour Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
  • 1997 - The Pring Prize, Art Gallery of NSW


  1. ^ Archibald Prize Winner for 1960, Art Gallery of NSW
  2. ^ Archibald Prize Winner for 1967, Art Gallery of NSW
  3. ^ "Two time Archibald Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Judy Cassab dies". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Judy Cassab CBE". Australian Honours Database. 14 June 1969. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  5. ^ "Judy Cassab AO". Australian Honours Database. 26 January 1988. Retrieved 15 August 2007.
  6. ^ "Citation for Honorary Doctorate". University of Sydney. 3 March 1995.

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Preceded by
William Dobell
Archibald Prize
for Stanislaus Rapotec
Succeeded by
William Edwin Pidgeon
Preceded by
Jon Molvig
Archibald Prize
for Margo Lewers
Succeeded by
William Edwin Pidgeon