L Bernard Hall: the man the art world forgot

Gwen Rankin
Published by NewSouth Publishing in association with the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 304 pages Colour and black & white illustrations throughout ISBN 9781742233581

In this smart biography Gwen Rankin uncovers Hall’s fascinating story. Never as conservative as sometimes suggested Hall came to Australia for the love of a woman and stayed for the love of a gallery, establishing a record of service unrivalled today.

Based almost entirely on primary source material, this biography includes many of Hall’s own paintings and drawings along with striking archival photographs. Many of the illustrations are drawn from the State Library of Victoria Manuscripts, Newspapers and Pictures Collections.

Gwen Rankin is an historian whose research focus is the art and social life of late 19th- and early 20th-century Australia.

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The book complements the State Library of Victoria’s free exhibition Free, secular and democratic: building the Public Library 1853–1913.