The art of the collection

State Library of Victoria with Richard Aitken, Leigh Astbury, Ashley Crawford, Graeme Davison and Brenda Niall
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 176pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522853599

The art of the collection is a celebration of the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection – the oldest visual documentary collection in Australia, which includes paintings, maps, diaries and documents that showcase all facets of Victorian life, past and present.

The Library has an extensive collection of art works and a permanent display of 150 works in the Cowen Gallery. The works illustrate Victoria's landscape, early Melbourne scenes, and significant events and figures in the European exploration and settlement of Australia.

The works include portraits, busts and scenes of Melbourne and Victoria from the 1800s until now. Works of some of our most celebrated and talented Australian artists are in the collection and showcased in this book, including Eugène von Guérard, John Glover, Frederick McCubbin, Albert Tucker, Ian Fairweather, Lina Bryans, Jan Senbergs, Juan Davila and Howard Arkley.

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