About the Collections

The University of Melbourne Art Collection

The Ian Potter Museum of Art is the custodian of the University of Melbourne Art Collection. The collection is rich and varied, with major holdings of Australian art in all media from the early 19th century to the present day, as well as Indigenous art, international art and classics and archaeology. Numbering over 16,000 pieces, these diverse holdings form the largest university art collection in Australia.

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Pride of place

Exploring the Grimwade Collection

A stunningly packaged hardback exploring the rich visual and textual material in the Grimwade Collection, and providing a unique perspective on Australia’s history.

The Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest comprises a rich and sometimes unexpected variety of art, books and objects. A scientist, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Russell had wide-ranging interests embracing industry, history and botany. In all of these he was strongly supported by his wife Mab. The core of the bequest is Russell’s collection of visual and textual material, which provides a perspective on the European exploration of the Pacific and the British colonisation and settlement of Australia. His keen interest resulted in an extensive body of prints, drawings, watercolours and books, as well as oil paintings, decorative arts and personal records. These are jointly housed by the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art, Special Collections (Library) and University Archives. Pride of Place is the first publication to explore the diversity of this remarkable collection.

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Explore the Collections

Search over 16,000 pieces from the Collection. Find definitions of over 400 terms,
including art movements, styles and techniques

Explore the Collections