Event Date: 25 November 2015
London SW1P 4RG
Artist and Empire: The Long Nineteenth Century
Alison Inglis (Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Melbourne) – Collecting and Displaying British Art in the Australian Colony
The complexity of Australians’ attitudes to their own country and Britain during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries – famously expressed by the term “Independent Australian Britons” – will provide a framework for this examination of the collecting and display of British paintings in the colonial art museum. The motivations behind the purchase and donation of British paintings have received relatively little scrutiny, and this talk will seek to redress this omission, focussing on works in Australia’s public institutions between 1860 and 1920. Changes in the display of British paintings will also be considered, especially their presentation alongside or apart from works by resident and Australian-born artists during this period.