May and Herbert Gibbs Collection


Mouse over the heading, 'Affections' to see the list of works in this section.

May Gibbs reading Dickens' Bleak House, Herbert Gibbs, 1889

In these affectionate works, father and daughter reveal how significant the ties between art and life were to their personal identities.

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Untitled, May Gibbs, 1909

Father and daughter drew countless whimsical caricatures for family and friends. Gentle self-mockery is typical of May's intimate domestic sketches with an awareness of human frailties underpinning most Gibbs humour.

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The Hill: Coogelly Farm WA
Herbert Gibbs, 1929

For Herbert and May, responding to natural surroundings nurtured a profound love for Australia. Their work invites us to contemplate the beauty within
the familiar.