Artworks

The fine and decorative arts collections of Carrick Hill are eclectic in nature, largely because of the manner in which they came together. Rather than acquire works in order to create a considered and representative collection, the Haywards bought paintings, sculptures, decorative art and books that reflected their broad ranging interests and fascination with contemporary and modern thinking, and the friendships that enhanced their lives. The works of art and other items also worked as “souvenirs” or aide memoires, as a record of their travels on their return to Adelaide.

International

This category contains only items in the collection that are of broad international interest. These are items that have the potential to be (or that have previously been) requested for international loans and that can add to meaningfully international research and scholarship.

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National

This category contains collection items that are of broad interest to Australia as a nation, that have the potential to be (or that have previously been) requested for loans to national, state and regional institutions and can add meaningfully to national research and scholarship. Within the Statement of Significance for individual collection items or groups of items, those of national significance are marked with an ‘N’, and in some instances have two or three sentences dedicated to their appraisal.

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State

This category contains items and works of art that are frequently closely linked and in some instances inseparable. Within this category are groupings of works and individual items that are of specific interest to the State of South Australia, have the potential to be (or have been) requested for loan by public institutions based in Adelaide and regional South Australia and/or other house museums, and can add meaningfully to State research and scholarship.

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Australian Collection

Carrick Hill's more cohesive collection of British paintings of the first half of the twentieth century and the highly visible (and, for Australia, rare) collection of French works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are better known, both already having been exhibited as collections, in 1989 (the French Collection), and 1991 (the British Collection).

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British Collection

Although nineteenth-century Australians - especially of Irish origin, were often assertively 'Australian', and in the twenty-first century the Queen of Australia still, somewhat confusingly, lives in Britain, by the 1950s the majority of Australians ceased to feel that they were British as well as Australian.

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French Collection

As with all the art and furniture in the house, the French works were hung, used, admired or not, and discussed by visitors and owners alike. There was no special treatment for this art just because it was French. The works became part of the everyday fabric and routine of life in the Haywards' house.

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Sculpture

Sir Jacob Epstein's striking 1911 statue, Standing Mother and Child, has long stood sentinel facing the front door of the house. It is a reminder that although Sir Edward and Lady Hayward did not have children of their own, they enjoyed the company of young people.

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Furniture

Carrick Hill has the finest collection of antique oak furniture in Australia. Collected by the Haywards to complement their Tudor-style house, it is a fascinating mixture of Elizabethan (1500s), Jacobean (most of the 1600s), Georgian (1700s) with some Victorian (1800s) and early twentieth-century copies.

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Decorative Arts

The fine and decorative arts collections of Carrick Hill are eclectic in nature, largely because of the manner in which they came together.

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British Artists

The British paintings are dominated by a group of artista at the centre of the modern movement: Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Jacob Epstein, Mathew Smith and Victor Passmore.

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French Artists

The Haywards assembled a small but fine quality collection of French paintings, prints, glass and ceramics which is integrated into the interiors of the house to add to its visual richness.

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Australian Artists

Lots of romance and joy in the works of Australian artists such as pair of large canvases by Arthur Streeton featuring Venice and the Blue Mountains or floral still lifes by Nora Heysen, Adrian Feint and Septimus Power. 

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