Story behind the Gallery. Hamilton Gallery was established in 1961 following a large bequest of an outstanding collection of art works left to the City of Hamilton by Herbert Buchanan Shaw (1882-1957). The Shaw Bequest includes examples of 18th and 19th century English and European silver, glass, porcelain, an extensive range of Oriental ceramics and hard stone carvings. The bequest also contains Roman glass and early Mediterranean artefacts, a tapestry from the early 1700s, 'The Triumphal Entry of Alexander into Babylon', designed by Charles le Brun(1619-1690), a 16th century Chinese-Tibetan bronze Buddha, English 19th century watercolours including a Bonington wash drawing, a few pieces of furniture, a drawing by Adrien Manglard, Australian paintings by Hans Heysen, Will Ashton, Frederick McCubbin, Septimus Power and a James Quinn portrait of May Shaw.
Image: Shaw Family