Lemuel Francis Abbott | England 1760 – 1802
Portrait of Dr Francis Robert Tomkins c1785-9
oil on canvas | Foundation painting of the Rockhampton City Art
Collection. Gift of the Estate of Edward Cureton Tomkins, 1931
Rockhampton Art Gallery was established in 1967 and houses the finest collection of mid-twentieth century Australian art in regional Queensland. Predominantly acquired through sponsorship and benefaction, the collection has grown to represent a cross-section of Central Queensland interests and influences: modern and contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art, Japanese and British Art, and art and artefacts of Central Queensland.
The development of this collection reflects a history of civic pride and generosity from residents of the Rockhampton region. Today, the Gallery wishes to honour this tradition and is committed to re-invigorating a collecting focus on modern and contemporary Australian art.
The introduction of the Gold Award, a biennial acquisitive art prize worth $50,000, has contributed significantly towards achieving this vision. Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust also administers the Bayton Award, a non-acquisitive prize worth $5,000 for Central Queensland residents.
The Gallery’s collection continues to grow through the support of Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust, Friends of Rockhampton Art Gallery, and Rockhampton Regional Council, but also generous corporate sponsorship and the support of the vibrant arts community.
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