By Gwen Rankin
Piecing jointly the attention-grabbing lifestyles and instances of nationwide Gallery of Victoria director and acclaimed artist L. Bernard corridor for the 1st time, this booklet uncovers Australian art’s such a lot influential administrator and teacher—whose achievements were nearly written out of historical past. by no means as conservative as occasionally prompt, corridor got here to Australia for the affection of a lady and stayed for the affection of a gallery, developing a checklist of provider unrivalled this present day. dependent nearly fullyyt on fundamental resource fabric, this biography contains lots of Hall’s personal work and drawings in addition to outstanding archival pictures.
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An undated letter written to friend and fellow artist Charles Lillie conveys something of its complexity: Dear Lillie, This will just catch you before you start I expect – I saw Evans this morning & he says there is a mistake; that Routledge already has his quantum of drawings for the ‘little Wideawake’ – it was his mistake he says, but he has taken them round to Routledge – he thinks they will do for another publication. indd 33 33 14/01/13 10:59 AM L. indd 34 L. Bernard Hall 14/01/13 10:59 AM I am all ‘broken-up’ on the idea of a periodical circulating among ourselves – appealing to the great outcast class of ‘Bachelordom’ – everything as seen from the standpoint of youth.
When the position was advertised it aroused the ire of the Chief Secretary, Graham Berry, who contended that the right to select the new Librarian rested with his office. Notwithstanding his displeasure, the Trustees processed the thirtyseven applications received and selected William Henry Archer, who had been Registrar General from 1859 and, more recently, Secretary to the Department of Lands. Their choice, however, was something of a red rag to the political bull, as Berry had dismissed Archer from the Lands position in 1878 during a purge of civil servants associated with a hostile Legislative Council.
Its courses were delivered at several levels, the most advanced having attracted English and American students for several years. Hall entered at the intermediate level, the Antiek or Drawing School, where students worked from casts. There were nine of his countrymen in the class, five of whom had been at the Academy for one or more terms. According to a contemporaneous report, tuition was more structured and closely monitored than anything Hall had experienced at South Kensington: Rows of seats were arranged in a semi-circle round a raised platform.