‘out of the box’: Lionel Lindsay Library

Saturday, 1 February, 2020 to Sunday, 26 April, 2020

Image: Lionel LINDSAY 1874-1961 / John Preece ex libris n.d. [1928] / wood engraving (proof) / 6.7 x 5.6cm / Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection 132 / © National Library of Australia / Reproduced by kind permission 

The Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library was established by W.R.F. (Bill) and Marion Bolton in Toowoomba in 1959. Writing to Lionel Lindsay himself in 1957, Bill Bolton had justly predicted that the library collection ‘will be something absolutely out of the box’ – meaning something excellent and outstanding. This exhibition uncovers some of the treasure hunts that made and still make the Lionel Lindsay Library outstanding. It showcases treasured items and tells stories about bibliophiles, collectors and dealers who assisted the Boltons to bring them together.