Baillieu Library Print Collection
The University’s Print Collection is one of its most prized treasures. It includes some 8,000 prints – mostly etchings, engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings – that date from the fifteenth century to the twentieth. It is based on a gift of 3,700 Old Master prints donated by Dr John Orde Poynton in 1959 and was further enhanced in 1964 with Harold Wright’s bequest of half his Lionel Lindsay print collection and prints by his British contemporaries. There are some Australian works, but the majority of prints are European. The Collection is unique amongst Australian university collections; no other university in Australia has a similar collection of international prints spanning five centuries. Some of the highlights include prints by Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries, Aldegrever, the Sadeler Family, Jacques Callot, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya and Lionel Lindsay. The Collection was originally intended as a teaching tool for students and it continues to be used particularly by students of art history and history here at the University.
Print Matters at the Baillieu
Print matters is a book with serious bite! It is a collection of essays composed by some of the finest print scholars in Australia. They reveal some juicy and fascinating insights into collectors, collections, and works of art. Inspired by the print collection at the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne the publication goes beyond Melbourne, and the authors take us to people, art, buildings and gardens through Australia and the world. These papers are the proceedings from the 2011 symposium of the same title which was held at the University. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of printmaking arts.
To purchase contact Kerrianne Stone
Some prints have been digitised and are available to view. We are adding images as they are completed.
Photographic copies of most prints in the collection can be purchased, depending on their condition and copyright. Items from the collection can be viewed by prior arrangement, for research purposes. For further information contact Special Collections staff at the Baillieu Library:
Ms Kerrianne Stone: Special Collections Officer (Prints)
Tel: (03) 8344 9998
Email: kjstone@ unimelb.edu.au
Ms Chen Chen: Special Collections Officer (Cultural Collections and Prints)
Tel: (03) 8344 8040
Email: chenc@ unimelb.edu.au