About the Collection

 

The Artist

William Strutt was born in Devon, England, on 3 July 1825. He studied to become an artist in Paris, before emigrating to Melbourne in 1850. The 25-year-old painter and draftsman was employed to engrave lithographs for the llustrated Australian Magazine. He became skilful at recording and commemorating important events in Victoria, such as the tragic Black Thursday bushfires of 1851 and the notorious bushranger robberies on St Kilda Road in 1852. Strutt's dramatic oil painting, 'Black Thursday, 1851' was exhibited in the Melbourne Exhibition of 1854. 

 

The Collectors

Sir Russell and Lady Mab Grimwade were collectors of William Strutt's work. Their complete collection was bequeathed to the University of Melbourne's Ian Potter Museum of Art in 1972. More information on the Grimwades and their collection may be read here.

 

The Gallery

The Ian Potter Museum of Art, founded in 1972, is the largest university-based art museum in Australia. The Potter is a cultural and educational facility not only for the University of Melbourne but for the general public. More information about the Potter is available here.

 

Image Credits

 

1. William Strutt, Peppermint or gum tree leaf, Melbourne, Australia, c.1861, oil on canvas, 56.8 x 18.5 cm.The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1994, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund. © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to The Ian Potter Museum of Art

 

2. William Strutt, William Strutt, Mangarie [i.e. Mangaire] Taranaki, New Zealand, c. 1856, pencil and wash, 20.5 x 12.7 cm. The National Library of Australia. Rex Nan Kivell Collection. nla.pic-an3240357

 

3.William Strutt, Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia 1852, c.1887, oil on canvas, 75.7 x 156.6 cm.The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973. © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to The Ian Potter Museum of Art

 

4. William Strutt, Untitled (Study for "Bushrangers"), c.1866, oil on paper, 34.2 x 27.5 cm.The University of Melbourne Art Collection. © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to The Ian Potter Museum of Art

 

5. William Strutt, Race for life, Black Thursday, c.1863, oil on canvas, 18.8 x 45.2 cm.The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1995, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund. © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to The Ian Potter Museum of Art

 

6. William Strutt, Untitled (Sketch for "Black Thursday, February 6th 1851"), c.1864, pen and ink, 37.5 x 47.5 cm.The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973. © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to The Ian Potter Museum of Art

 

7. William Strutt, The sick woman in dray (Study for Black Thursday), c.1862, pencil on paper, 14.5 x 22.2cm.The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Purchased 1993, the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund. © Reproduction enquiries should be forwarded to The Ian Potter Museum of Art

 

8. Amy Brown. Photograph by Suzie Fraser. 2013.