Antipodean Prints: Joseph Burke and the Development of the University of Melbourne’s Print Collection

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.

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.


Time: Monday, 23 October 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Venue: Leigh Scott Room, first floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne (Parkville campus).

Presented by: Dr Angelo Lo Conte, Ursula Hoff Fellow 2017.

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