Sponsor a Painting Campaign

An extraordinary campaign to enable the permanent display of over 300 works from our unique oil painting collection.

Oil paintings on display in the galleries at the State Library of NSW

In October 2018, over 300 works from the Library’s unique collection of oil paintings went on permanent public display in a dedicated picture gallery on the first floor of the Mitchell building. Paintings from the Collection has enjoyed critical acclaim and proved to be extremely popular with Library visitors.

In the lead up to the unveiling of Paintings from the Collection, the Foundation launched a special campaign to support the conservation and interpretation of the works selected for display. We invited donors to ‘sponsor’ these paintings and were overwhelmed by the wonderful response. Over 60 works have now been supported, with nearly $400,000 raised. 

The paintings on display tell the story of our nation – its people and places, from early settlement to contemporary times: portraits as diverse as Phillip Parker King, Dame Mary Gilmore, Margaret Fink and Maria Little of Yulgilbar; evocative rural landscapes; studies of Sydney Harbour; and streetscapes showing life in our developing cities and suburbs. However, for many donors it was a personal connection to a painting that inspired them – a place associated with their family; a view from their house; a portrait of a person they admire; a seascape that reminded them of a loved one; a town in which they grew up.

To learn more about current opportunities to support our oil painting collection, please visit Sponsor a painting. 

The State Library of NSW Foundation wishes to warmly thank the following donors who have supported this campaign:


David W Anstice AO and Ana-Maria V Zaugg

Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney, c 1785, attributed to Gilbert Stuart


John Atkin and Judy Haddrick

View at Burrundulla, farm of George Cox, Mudgee, New South Wales, 1841, by Conrad Martens


Dr Charles Barnes

Stockyard, near Jamberoo, 1886, by Charles Edward Conder

Stoneleigh, Beaufort near Ararat, Victoria, 1866, by Eugene von Guérard

View in Sydney Harbour, c 1880, by Margaret I Coulter

View of Murrengenberg Mountain and Bundawang Mountain, from a drawing by Robert Hoddle, c 1852–83, by Thomas Clark

View of Proposed Town of Adelaide, c 1836, by William Light


Christine Bishop

View above Rose Bay, 1841, by Conrad Martens


Rosemary Block, Emeritus Curator

Hobart Town, taken from the garden where I lived, 1832, by John Glover


John and Lyn Boyes

View of old Government House, Sydney, NSW as it appeared when vacated by Sir George Gipps in 1845, 1845, by George Edwards Peacock


Charlene and Graham Bradley AM

Sydney — Capital New South Wales, c 1800, by unknown artist


Mark, Jane and Liam Bradley    

Clyde Street, c 1901, by Sydney Long


Robert Cameron AO and Paula Cameron

Ford on the Lower Hunter, c 1840s, by Joseph Docker

Sydney Harbour near Watson’s Bay, 1851, by George Edwards Peacock


Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM and Mrs Christine Clancy

Picnic at The Rocks, 1952, by Roland Wakelin


Mrs Wendy E Clarke

Sarah Cobcroft, 1856, by Joseph Backler


Pauline and Rob Conolly

One of the NSW Aborigines befriended by Governor Macquarie, c 1810–21, by unknown artist


In memory of Dennis Leland Craney

Brush scene, Brisbane Water, 1848, by Conrad Martens


Jennifer Crivelli

Sydney Cove, c 1800, by unknown artist


In memory of Michael Crouch AC

The Founding of Australia. By Capt Arthur Phillip RN Sydney Cove, Jan 26th 1788, 1937, by Algernon Talmage RA


Rowena Danziger AM and Ken Coles AM

Cabbage trees near the Shoalhaven River, New South Wales, 1860, by Eugene von Guérard

Sunset in New South Wales, 1865, by Eugene von Guérard

Sydney from Bell Mount, 1813, by Stephen Taylor


Ms Marilyn Endlein

Sydney Heads, c 1850, by unknown artist


Mr John Fairfax AO and Mrs Libby Fairfax

Mount King George from the Bathurst Road, 1848, by Conrad Martens


Justice Peter Garling and Mrs Jane Garling

Captain John Piper, c 1826, by Augustus Earle


Peter J Hack

Governor Bourke’s statue, overlooking the Harbour, 1842, by Conrad Martens


In Memory of Lawrence C Hinchliffe

Port Jackson NSW. The Floating Light — (Morning), 1846, by George Edwards Peacock


Virginia Howard and Bill Taylor

A day's picnic on Clark Island, 1870, by Montagu Scott


Patricia Jacobsen

Jane Elizabeth Blaxland, c 1835, by unknown artist


Justice François Kunc and Ms Felicity Rourke

AB Paterson, ‘Banjo’, 1927, by Agnes Noyes Goodsir


Macquarie Group

Untitled, possibly Lachlan Macquarie, c 1805–24, by unknown artist


Robin Mathews               

Sydney Harbour looking towards the Heads, 1848, by Jacob Janssen


Gai McGrath and Allan Florance

View from the window, 1842, by Conrad Martens


Ian and Helen McLachlan

David Scott Mitchell, c 1925, by Norman Carter

Sydney from St Leonards, 1841, by Conrad Martens


Samantha Meers AO

In Cumberland Street, c 1902, by Alice Muskett


Dr Wendy Michaels

Millicent Preston-Stanley, 1950, by Mary Edwards


Nick and Caroline Minogue

Florence Rodway, c 1910, by Norman Carter


Anne and Don Munro

Edward DS Ogilvie, 1894–95, by Tom Roberts


Sankar Narayan

Sydney Harbour looking west, 1848, by Jacob Janssen


David O'Halloran and Jillian Clarke

Corroboree at Newcastle, c 1818, by Joseph Lycett


Alice Arnott Oppen OAM

Victoria 1st, 1841, by Maurice Felton


Mrs J Thomond Priestley

Mrs F O’Brien, 1841, by Maurice Felton


Susan Sawyer

The Swimming Enclosure, 1941, by Herbert Badham


Ian and Gay Southwell

Captain Arthur Phillip, c 1787, by Francis Wheatley

The ‘Vineyard’, Parramatta, 1840, by Conrad Martens


Anne Sullivan

Arrival of Burke & Wills at Flinders River 1861, 1862, by Edward Jukes Greig


Anne, Tom and Oliver Swain

Customs House and Circular Quay, Sydney NSW, 1845, by George Edwards Peacock


Rob Thomas AO

A gleam of light, c 1910, by Frederick McCubbin

A direct north general view of Sydney Cove…, 1794, by unknown artist


Kyrenia Thomas

View of the Heads of Port Jackson NSW looking north from a hill above Vaucluse Bay, 1846, by George Edwards Peacock


Andrew Thomas

Sydney from Sandy [Rose] Bay, 1840, by Conrad Martens


Edward Thomas

The Heads of Port Jackson NSW from off the North Head — a squall, 1846, by George Edwards Peacock


Hugh Thomas

George Street, Sydney, 1883, by Alfred Tischbauer


Simon Thomas

Gold diggings, Ararat, c 1858, by Edward Roper


Alan Walker

Picnic at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, c 1855, by unknown artist


Vashti and Michael Waterhouse

Ferry Lane, c 1902, by Sydney Long



Bank of New South Wales Sydney [George Street Sydney], c 1855, by unknown artist


Caroline Wilkinson OAM

Male and female red kangaroos in a Liverpool Plains landscape, c 1819, attributed to JW Lewin

Boating scene in Sydney Harbour, before 1926, by Alfred James Daplyn


Kim Williams AM and Catherine Dovey

Maria Little, c 1895, by Tom Roberts



View of Arthursleigh, 1839, by Conrad Martens