Collection Highlights

Explore a curated selection of artefacts, paintings and ephemera that show some of the social and aesthetic connections of Beleura’s Collections. The Online Collection can be searched through our eHive online database.


Klytie Pate

Untitled [Magnificent Cat]
Glazed earthenware 24.5 x 17 cm

Formed in earthenware with a dark-green gloss glaze, this work is a preeminent example of the artist’s oeuvre displayed in the Klytie Pate Treasury at Beleura House and Garden.


Five JC Williamson publicity photographs

Gelatin silver print, 20 x 25 cm or 8 x 10 in

Capturing Gilbert & Sullivan operas from the 1949/50 and 1956/57 seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, Beleura holds a trove of JC Williamson theatre memorabilia from the late nineteenth century to 1980.


Arthur Boyd

Low tide at Rye 1959
Oil on linen over board, 61.3 x 86 cm

Guests at Beleura admire Low tide at Rye for capturing a lively and geographically accurate view of a favourite beach on the Mornington Peninsula. It remains one of the most prized paintings in the collection.


Florence Young with Jack Morton (John) Tallis as a toddler

Photograph, 5 x 3.25 cm; frame: 8.5 x 7 cm

Framed as a keepsake in a brass arts-and-crafts frame with decorative scroll motifs, this little photograph captured the famous “Florrie” (aunt of John Tallis) approximately seven years before her final stage performance in 1920.


Flora Pell

Our Cookery Book c. 1924, 18 x 12 x 2 cm

Our Cookery Book is rare nowadays, belying its 24 reprints (at least). The cover of this eighth edition was illustrated by Christian Waller, née Yandell, an important artist in the Beleura collection.


Anna French

Costume design for the character, Child, in This Old Man Comes Rolling Home. Produced by Melbourne Theatre Company in 1990 and directed by Gail Edwards Child was performed by Merridy Eastman.

Watercolour and Pencil, gift of Anna French


E. Phillips Fox

Evening Light c 1908
Oil on canvas over board, 69.5 x 46.5 cm

Australian artist Emanuel Phillips Fox developed his ‘plein air’ Impressionist style in Paris between 1890 and 1897 while extending his study there in early career.


The Works of William Hogarth

Folio entitled: From the Original Plates restored by James Heath Esq. R.A., 67 x 50 x 8 cm

Engraving, self portrait of Hogarth (1697–1764) at the easel

Beleura’s Hogarth Folio was reprinted in 1822 from his original copper plates, 58 years after Hogarth’s death. He is most famous for his street scenes depicting the decadence of eighteenth-century life in his brilliant satirical print series.

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