Australian Prints, Drawings and Photographs
The Gallery also has an extensive collection of Australian prints, drawings and photographs with special emphasis on South Australian works, including a collection of 2000 drawings by Hans Heysen that were bequeathed to the Gallery by the artist. The Gallery’s Australian prints and drawings reflect the strength of the paintings collection with strong holdings of colonial and modernist works as well as some fine examples of contemporary printmaking. Also to be found among the Australian works on paper are over 200 of Lionel Lindsay’s prints and drawings and a similar number of prints by Adelaide artist Barbara Hanrahan.
In 1922 the Gallery was the first in Australia to begin collecting photographs as fine art, with acquisitions being made throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Since the 1970s the photography collection has been continuously strengthened, with an emphasis on South Australian photography as well as with excellent examples of contemporary photographic media Australia wide. In 2004 the Gallery acquired the R.J. Noye collection of early South Australian photography comprising approximately six thousand items. This collection is of immense significance to South Australia with highlights including extensive holdings of photographs and glass plate negatives by H.H. Tilbrook (1848–1937) and Paul Foelsche (1831–1914). The collection also includes R.J. Noye’s informative website, Photohistory SA, which can be accessed via the following link.
Welcome to the Online Collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The Online Collection includes selected works from our Australian, European and Asian collections.
Please note that the Online Collection is not a complete catalogue of our collections; it is a work in progress and we are regularly updating and adding to it, so do keep visiting.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us via email or phone on +61 8 8207 7000.
The generous sponsorship provided by Australian energy company Santos, as part of their
commitment to the Gallery's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, has supported the
growth of this important online gallery.
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The Gordon Darling Foundation has generously funded South Australian Photographs online.