Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact twentieth-century heritage house museum and garden. Aspects of its privately-collected French, British and Australian fine and decorative arts collection are of an international standard, including masterpieces of British modernism and fine examples of seventeenth-century furniture and house fittings. The garden, grounds, house and collections are all integral to the definition of Carrick Hill.
A very important aspect of the Haywards’, and thus Carrick Hill’s, influence on the cultural life of South Australia was through their patronage of the arts, in particular the visual arts. Both Ursula and Edward were keen collectors, and many works of art by contemporary European and Australian artists were on display in their home. On their many trips overseas the Haywards also acquired works of art, mostly by well-known British and French artists of the early twentieth century. Internationally important artists collected by the Haywards include Stanley Spencer (Great Britain 1891-1951), Jacob Epstein (Great Britain 1880-1959), Auguste Renoir (France 1841-1919) and Paul Gauguin (France 1848-1903). At home the Haywards acquired the work of many well-known Australian artists including William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Nora Heysen and Ivor Hele. In addition works inherited by Ursula Hayward from her parents formed part of the Haywards’ collection, by artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour (France 1836-1904) and Pierre-Joseph Redouté (France 1759-1840).
On their second trip to England the Haywards purchased works of art by Eve Kirk, Stanley Spencer and Jacob Epstein and in doing so commenced a life-long relationship with the well-known and respected London art dealer Arthur Tooth and Sons and in particular Richard Smart. Through this dealership the Haywards purchased much of their British and French art collection, hung in their home for all their visitors to enjoy.
The Haywards also purchased the works of Australian artists including, famously, William Dobell’s painting Portrait of an artist: Joshua Smith which, amid considerable controversy, had won the 1943 Archibald Prize for portraiture. Other Australian artists they patronised included Russell Drysdale, Donald Friend and Ray Crooke, and South Australian artists such as Hans Heysen, Horace Trenerry, Jacqueline Hick, Kathleen Sauerbier and their particularly close friends Nora Heysen and Ivor Hele.
Our Cultural Collections
The South Australian Government, through Arts South Australia, oversees internationally significant cultural heritage collections comprising millions of items. The scope of these collections is substantial – spanning geological samples, locally significant artefacts, internationally important art objects and much more. These highly valuable collections are owned by the people of South Australia and held in trust for them by the State’s public institutions. The inaugural Our Cultural Collections publication shines a spotlight on each of South Australia’s cultural heritage collections, encouraging their discovery and deepening understanding of the extraordinary cultural heritage held in our State.
Please see a guide to the treasures held by South Australia's collecting institutions in which Carrick Hill plays an important role.