Print Matters at the Baillieu

Free One Day Symposium inspired by the Baillieu Library Print Collection

Saturday 3rd September, 2011

Rembrandt van Rijn, Man drawing from a cast, (c. 1652), etching, image (sheet trimmed to image) 8.9 x 6.2 cm, Baillieu Library Print Collection, Gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton, 1959

Keynote speaker: Professor Sasha Grishin, Australian National University

The Baillieu Library Print Collection includes some 8,000 prints – mostly etchings, engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings – that date from the fifteenth century to the twentieth. It is based on the gift of some 3,700 Old Master prints donated by Dr J. Orde Poynton in 1959 and which was further enhanced in 1964 with Harold Wright’s gift of half his Lionel Lindsay print collection and prints by his British contemporaries.

The collection is principally for teaching and learning; a number of scholars had their first encounter with prints at the Baillieu Library and later emerged in print related institutions and projects such as those offered by the Harold Wright Scholarship and the Sarah & William Holmes Scholarship. This symposium looks at the Baillieu Library Print Collection’s influence, research which has evolved from using the collection, and particular learning outcomes.


9.45: Welcome with Philip Kent, University Librarian

Session one — Chair: Philip Kent

10.00: ‘Orde Poynton and the Baillieu Library’ — Professor Jaynie Anderson, University of Melbourne

10.30: ‘Orde Poynton and the National Gallery of Australia’ — Jane Kinsman, Senior Curator, National Gallery of Australia

11.00: Morning tea break

Session two — Chair: Alison Inglis

11.30: ‘Australia’s best printmaker? Bea Maddock makes a Catalogue Raisonné’ — Daniel Thomas, former curator, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia and former director, Art Gallery of South Australia

12.00: ‘Yours faithfully: Harold Wright and Lionel Lindsay’ — Kim Clayton-Greene, postgraduate student, University of Melbourne

12.30: ‘A 16th-century wonder book by Julius Obsequens in the Baillieu Library’ — Dr Jenny Spinks, ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne

1.00: Lunch break

Session three — Chair: Jaynie Anderson

2.00: Keynote address: ‘The peculiarity of Australian printmaking: The dialectic between Indigenous and non-Indigenous printmaking’ — Professor Sasha Grishin, Australian National University

2.30: ‘In Print: Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery’ — Anita Angel, Curator, Charles Darwin University Art Collection and Art Gallery

3.00: ‘Ovid in the Garden in Prints’ — Dr Luke Morgan, Monash University

3.30: Afternoon tea break

Session four — Chair: Graham Dudley

4.00: ‘The Baillieu Library’s engraving of Saul and the Witch of Endor by Andrew Lawrence: A curious example of Salvator Rosa’s influence in the later 17th and 18th centuries’— Professor Charles Zika, University of Melbourne

4.30: ‘Teaching and learning from the collection’ — Associate Professor Alison Inglis with Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, University of Melbourne

5.00: Wrap up with Graham Dudley, President of the Friends of the Baillieu Library

5.30: Drinks at the Baillieu Library and Golden Cockerel Press floor talk with Kerrianne Stone

6.30: Baillieu Library closes

A publication of the symposium talks will be available through the Custom Book Centre, University of Melbourne. Print Matters at the Baillieu

Date: Saturday 3rd September 2011

Venue: Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Melbourne University, Parkville.

Bookings: Symposium is free. Register online at

More Information: Kerrianne Stone 03 8344 9998 or