Crouch Manuscripts

Thursday, February 04, 2010 - Sunday, May 23, 2010, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Admission: Free

  • Artist
    Unknown (Italian)
  • Title
    Book of Hours
  • Date of Production
    circa 1450
  • Medium
    vellum, illuminated in gold, ink & watercolour
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Colonel the Honourable R.A. Crouch, 1944

The Art Gallery of Ballarat's Crouch Manuscript collection contains a variety of exquisite illuminated texts produced in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands between the 12th and 16th centuries.

This exhibition focuses on a selection of rarely seen medieval European manuscripts from the Crouch collection.

Richard Armstrong Crouch was born in 1868 to a pioneering Ballarat family. He was educated in Ballarat and studied Law at Melbourne University. He worked as a solicitor before joining the Australian Army in the late 1890s. Later became the youngest member of the first Federal Parliament. He abandoned politics in 1931 to become a traveller, art collector, historian and philanthropist. Colonel Crouch died in 1949 leaving this significant collection to the Gallery.