Sydney Long

Clifton Gardens, 1905


The Mosman Art Collection is a long-held point of pride within the Mosman community. Mosman’s unique location surrounded by stunning harbour foreshores and beautiful bushland has inspired generations of artists since the late 19th century. Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton were among a large number of artists who painted in the area from the artists' camps at Mosman Bay, Little Sirius Cove and Balmoral. They established an artistic tradition in Mosman which has been upheld by scores of artists, writers, and poets ever since. 

The Mosman Art Collection is an historically important and unique collection of paintings and works on paper which have been collected since Mosman Municipal Council’s commencement in 1897. The collection’s primary focus is Australian painting, and the core of the collection has been formed through the annual, acquisitive Mosman Art Prize, first established in 1947 by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman, Allan Gamble. 

Over time the Mosman Art Prize has developed to become Australia’s most prestigious municipally funded art prize with a national profile. It regularly attracts over 800 entries annually and currently offers over $40,000 in prizes.  The resulting collection of modern and contemporary paintings reflects developments in Australian art practices since 1947.

The Mosman Art Collection also includes many significant works by Australian artists which have been acquired through several generous donations.  In 1945 Alderman Keith Cowlishaw made a donation of 15 works from his personal collection of Australian Colonial and early twentieth century paintings including artworks by Conrad Martens, William Henry Raworth, William Whitney, Wiliam  Lister Lister, James Howe Carse, and Valentine Delaware among others. 

In 2011 the Australian Philanthropist Neil Balnaves made a major donation of Australian impressionist and modernist artworks to the Mosman Art Gallery. This significant collection of historical paintings The Balnaves Gift, focuses on Mosman's strong artistic heritage including works by iconic Australian artists such as Arthur Streeton, Conrad Martens, Henry Fullwood, Elioth Gruner, Sydney Long, Margaret Preston, Ethel Carrick Fox and many more. 

Here is a preview of The Balnaves Gift for you to enjoy. More Mosman Art Collection images coming soon. 

J. Richard Ashton

Wollongong Boat Harbour, 1953

Muriel Medworth

Summer Gone, 1953

Grace Cossington Smith

Gum Blossom and Drapery, 1952

Weaver Hawkins

A Country Road, Bayview, 1952

Francis Lymburner

Circular Quay, 1951

Carl Plate

Coming of the Locusts, 1951

Jean Isherwood

Trees, Palm Beach, 1950

Guy Warren

Valley of the Albert, Queensland, 1950

Klaus Friedeberger

Mt Gillen, Alice Springs, 1949

Douglas Annand

Morning in the Country, 1949

Newton Hedstrom

Morrisett, 1948

Joy Ewart

Onions Point, 1948

Margaret Olley

New England Landscape, 1947

Matthew Charles Meere

View of Mosman, 1940

Adelaide Elizabeth Perry

Taronga Wharf, 1939

John William Ashton

House Boats The Spit Sydney Harbour, 1937

John William Ashton

From Balmoral Looking Towards North Head Sydney, 1935

James R Jackson

The Spit Sydney, 1935

Margaret Preston

Mosman Bridge, 1927

Margaret Preston

Wooden Bridge, 1925

Elioth Gruner

Taylor's Bay, 1913

Ethel Carrick Fox

On Balmoral Beach Sydney, 1913

Sydney Long

Clifton Gardens, 1905

Arthur Streeton

Sydney Harbour, 1895

Albert Henry Fullwood

View from Balmoral, 1885

George F. Halstead

View from Watson's Bay, 1860

Conrad Martens

View from Craigend, 1840