Image: Eugene Von Guerard View of Lake Illawarra with distant mountains of Kiama 1860 oil on canvas 51.1 x 85.3cm The George and
Nerissa Johnson Memorial Bequest, purchased 1992
Colonial and Early Australian
The Gallery boasts a most significant holding of Colonial and Early Australian art focusing on the Illawarra and New South Wales South Coast art in Australia.
The Gallery has received several gifts and bequests which have greatly enhanced this area of collection.
The Sredersas Gift which comprised a collection of English porcelain and miniatures, 15 oceanic artefacts and 87 includes paintings included works, including paintings by Julian Ashton, William Ashton, AME Bale, Rupert Bunny, Nicholas Chevalier, Grace Cossington Smith, JH Carse, Anthony Datilo-Rubbo, Frederick Leist, Samuel Elyard, AH Fullwood, Erik Langker, Arthur Streeton, John Peter Bell, Margaret Preston, Charles Bloomfield, Sydney Long, Mary Edwards, Arthur Murch, Margaret Olley, William Young, Ernest Buckmaster,, a collection of English porcelain and miniatures and 15 oceanic artefacts.
In 1992, the Sredersas Gift was complemented by the receipt of another major bequest consisting of a collection of 60 paintings, again mostly Australian landscapes, and a substantial endowment fund to enable the collection to be further developed. The George and Nerissa Johnson Memorial Bequest has funded the acquisition of over 100 works of the Illawarra and the South Coast spanning over a century of visits to these regions by significant artists including Eugene Von Guerard, Conrad Martens, Tom Roberts, Adelaide Perry and Grace Cossington-Smith.