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Sponsor a Painting Campaign

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

 

Westpac

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

 

Caroline Wilkinson

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

 

Anonymous

View of Arthursleigh, 1839, by Conrad Martens