Print Collection

One of its most prized treasures. It includes some 8,000 prints, mostly etchings, engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
The Persian, 1632
Etching, sheet: 9.7 x 6.1 cm
Print Collection, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne
Gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton 1959
reg. no. 1959.3709

The University’s Print Collection is one of its most prized treasures. It 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 a gift of 3,700 Old Master prints donated by Dr John Orde Poynton in 1959 and was further enhanced in 1964 with Harold Wright’s bequest of half his Lionel Lindsay print collection and prints by his British contemporaries. There are some Australian works, but the majority of prints are European. The Collection is unique amongst Australian university collections; no other university in Australia has a similar collection of international prints spanning five centuries.

Some of the highlights include prints by Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries:

  • Aldegrever
  • the Sadeler Family
  • Jacques Callot
  • Claude Lorrain
  • Rembrandt
  • William Hogarth
  • Francisco de Goya
  • Lionel Lindsay

The Collection was originally intended as a teaching tool for students and it continues to be used particularly by students of art history and history here at the University.