There are many examples, in the history of philanthropy to art museums in Australia, of artists' families (and widows in particular) gifting key works. One of the earliest, and most consistent, commitments of this kind concerned the family of Hugh Ramsay, whose tragic death at an early age no doubt encouraged a desire to provide public access to his art. Succeeding generations of the Ramsay family have made extremely generous gifts of his works, and this process has continued. The paper will examine the history of Ramsay family benefactions to public galleries throughout Australia, especially to the NGV in Melbourne, the NGA in Canberra, and to the Queen Victoria Museum & Gallery in Launceston.
Art & Artists
A mountain shepherd (An Italian dwarf)
Miss Nellie Patterson
(Untitled portrait) (Portrait head of a boy)
not titled [Portrait of man; head].
Sketchbook of figures, heads, interiors and landscapes
Sketchbook of scenes, figures, heads and livestock
Sketchbook of scenes and landscapes in Tasmania, interiors, figures and heads
Sketchbook of drawings after the old masters, including Raphael, and contemporary figures
Sketchbook of contemporary and non-contemporary figures and groups
Sketchbook of figures, heads, buildings, scenes, landscapes, interiors, animals and birds
Sketchbook of trees, animals, classical and contemporary figures, heads and houses
Sketchbook of figures, heads, scenes, interiors and houses
Sketchbook of heads, figures and scenes
not titled [Hatted woman].
not titled [Self portrait - head].
not titled [Self portrait wearing top hat].
1901 or 1902
not titled [Female nude - 3 sketches].
not titled [House and picket fences].
not titled [Dilapidated shack with fence and chimney].