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the finest art collection that has ever been dispersed in...

the finest art collection that has ever been dispersed in Australia

Catalogue of J. T. Hackett’s art collection …

One of the many charity auctions for the War Effort during World War 1 was the sale of James T. Hackett’s collection of European paintings, porcelain, bronzes and manuscripts at Lawson’s auction house in September 1918.

Hackett, an Adelaide lawyer, gathered his collection on overseas travels and rather than consigning it for sale in London he sent it to Sydney for auction because it was a ‘better centre for buyers’ owing to the effects of the war on the European art market.

Most of the collection sold without reserve prices and 25 percent of sale proceeds went to charities and war-related funds.

Four medieval manuscripts were purchased by the State Library of New South Wales from this auspicious auction. Click on the titles below to see catalogue details and digitised images.

Book of Hours, Arras, 15th century

Book of Hours, Ghent(?), ca. 1490

Psalter (fragment), Ferrara?, late 15th century

Book of Hours, Bourges, ca. 1480

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