The Library is pleased to host Rachel McConnell on a summer scholarship project which involves cataloguing the John Macmillan print collection. Rachel will be in the Macmillan Brown Library 3 days a week until the end of January 2009.
Terri Elder, Art Collection Curator, is supervising Rachel’s work. Rachel has completed a B.A. Hons degree in Art History with an emphasis on European painters. Rachel is also interested in classical art. Her grandfather, both her parents and her sister, Anna, are all graduates of the University of Canterbury, as are her uncle, two aunts and a number of cousins.
Rachel plans to continue her studies and complete a Masters in Art History but has yet to decide on the topic. Hopefully, she may find something of interest in the Library’s Art Collection.
Background to the project
“In October 2004 a number of prints were located amongst archival material held by the Macmillan Brown Library. Although there was no documentation attached to the works, it is believed that these works may have originated from the estate of Professor John Macmillan Brown, whose collection was bequeathed to the University in 1935.
The print collection comprises 65 works, mostly prints of classical, religious or landscape themes. Many of the works are by French, Italian and European artists, engravers or printers, such as Vernet, Vaccari, Bartolozzi, Piranesi, and Caracci. In amongst the European prints there is also a small number relating to early American settlement, and the exploration of the Pacific. The majority date to between 1600 to 1900.
The scope of the collection is such that it could provide an excellent teaching and learning resource for a number of disciplines offered at UC, such as art history, European history, religious studies, political studies, Pacific studies and sociology.”
Extract from the project proposal prepared by Terri Elder