The personal collection of the late Canberran artist Rosalie Gascoigne AM, and her husband Ben Gascoigne AO, has been donated to the ANU by the couple’s children.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young officially accepted the donation to the ANU art collection at a reception at the Drill Hall Gallery last week.
The 12-piece collection includes some of the pair’s most treasured works, says Director of the Drill Hall Gallery Mr Terence Maloon.
“These are artworks that Ben and Rosalie bought together or were gifts from people who were of paramount importance in their lives,” he said.
“For example, there are three works by Carl Plate – whom Ben met when they shared a cabin on the last passenger ship to leave Britain for Australia during World War Two – two of which were painted during visits to the couple’s house on Mount Stromlo in the early 1950s.”