Antipodean Prints: Joseph Burke and the Development of the University of Melbourne’s Print Collection
Free Public Lecture
Leigh Scott Room, first floor
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This presentation investigates the early development of the University of Melbourne’s Print Collection.
Beginning with the exceptional donation of over 3500 Old Master prints bequeathed in 1959 by Dr Orde Poynton, the collection was enriched in the early 60s thanks to the cooperative effort of legendary figures in the Australian art world such as Professor Joseph Burke, Dr Poynton and Dr Ursula Hoff.
Predicated on new archival discoveries, the presentation focuses on the period 1959-1964 outlining the background of the Collection’s most important acquisitions. The examination of unpublished private correspondence as well as departmental documents, uncovers the teaching function of the university collection and emphasises how its development was supported by an exceptional synergy between art historians and local philanthropists, namely the Lindsay family and the Society of Collectors.
The presentation also unveils the acquisition strategy adopted by Joseph Burke and highlights how he intentionally used a different collecting approach from that of the National Gallery of Victoria, acquiring reproductive engravings that would complete the NGV’s Old Masters collection.
Dr Angelo Lo Conte is the Ursula Hoff Fellow 2017.