Grant to allow conservation of significant prints

The Baillieu Library Print Collection was recently awarded a grant from the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund for the conservation treatment of 11 significant prints. This conservation work will allow these prints to go on display as part of a 2019 exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Harold Wright Scholarship.

The exhibition, titled Horizon lines, will celebrate both print culture and the 50th anniversary of the scholarship which enables its recipient to study prints at the British Museum. Harold Wright was a print scholar and philanthropist who worked for many years at the London-based art dealers Colnaghi. His advice helped to shape many print collections in Australia and New Zealand.

The exhibition will focus on exemplary prints from the collection, as well as print scholarship and philanthropy. Prominent schools of printmaking history to be displayed include Northern printmaking (Albrecht Dürer and his circle), Italian Renaissance prints, Rembrandt and the Dutch Republic, and artists they inspired through the Etching Revival. The virtuosity of the woodcut, engraving and etching, the three principal line-making techniques, will also be examined through the exhibition. The woodcuts, engravings and etchings to be conserved are some of the University’s most exceptional art works and are by artists such as Dürer and Rembrandt.

Horizon lines will be on display at the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, during the second half of 2019.

Image: Rembrandt van Rijn, The three trees, 1643. Baillieu Library Print Collection, the University of Melbourne. Gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton 1959. One of the 11 works to be conserved in preparation for the Horizon lines exhibition