What: Before Felton with John Gregory The Early History of the Growth of the Collections of the National Gallery of Victoria (1860-1904)
Anyone with more than a passing acquaintance with the NGV is aware that the gallery’s rich collections owe an enormous amount to the extraordinary bequest left by Alfred Felton in 1904. The Felton Bequest enabled the subsequent purchase of major masterpieces by Rembrandt, Tiepolo, William Blake, Manet, Rodin, Tom Roberts, and countless other Australian and international artists. Even today, thanks to judicious investment and management, Felton funds are still available to support purchases. Less widely known, though, is the fact that when Felton left his magnificent gift, the NGV already had a substantial collection, assembled over the preceding half-century. This talk aims to give some sense of the varied and often surprising character of the acquisitions made for the Melbourne gallery during this first phase of its history.
John Gregory taught art history for many years at Monash University, and has lectured and written on a range of topics from medieval to contemporary art. His book Carnival in Suburbia: the Art of Howard Arkley was published in 2005.
Image: Opening of the new Fine Arts Gallery, Public Library, Melbourne (wood engraving by Samuel Calvert, published in the Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers, 14 June 1875). [State Library of Victoria]
When: Monday 18 May, 2015 at 10.30 am for morning tea; 11 am -12 noon for talk
Tickets: At the door Members $7 General Public $10
Where: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Civic Reserve, Dunn St Mornington