Skip to Content

Open today 10–11 a.m. members | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. public. Learn more.

Canberra City Plan, Canberra, Australia, Plan

A work made of ink on linen.

Image actions

  • A work made of ink on linen.


c. 1912


Marion Mahony Griffin (American, 1871-1962)
Walter Burley Griffin (American, 1876-1937)

About this artwork

In 1912 Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin won one of the largest international competitions in modern history to design a new capital city for Australia at Canberra. Their entry intertwined the natural features of the site—three mountains and a river turned into a man-made lake—and axial Beaux-Arts–inspired plans. The design was intended to avoid the indifferent sprawl of the gridded industrial city for one anchored by views of landmarks and future monuments, while celebrating the democratic character of the new capital. As a new urban space created out of nothing, Walter Burley believed that their design was a model for the city and country of the future.

Currently Off View

Architecture and Design


Marion Mahony Griffin (Architect)


Canberra City Plan, Canberra, Australia, Plan






Ink on linen


104 × 76 cm (40 15/16 × 30 in.) Mounted on heavy linen backing 112.5 × 85.5 cm.

Credit Line

Gift of Marion Mahony Griffin through Eric Nicholls, 1949

Reference Number


Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions