Unknown artist (Italian, 19th century?)
Christ and Joseph
Oil on canvas, 105.3 x 83.8 cm
Gift of Miss Mollison, 1885
National Gallery of Victoria (p.311.3-1)

This work is described in NGV 1894 simply as a “copy of an old master.”

The donor was presumably Elizabeth Mollison, who endowed a theological library to St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne (opened in 1893, and now located at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne), in honour of her brother Alexander Fullerton Mollison, a Victorian pioneer/squatter.

Refs.

AR 1885, p.36; NGV 1894, V.viii.10 See http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/work/3707/ (not reproduced)

For Miss Mollison and her endowment, see http://www.dml.vic.edu.au/MCD/PolTrinity.html (the Mollison library at Trinity College); and for Alexander Fullerton Mollison, see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/mollison-alexander-fullerton-2466 (biography by Gael Thomsen, published in ADB vol.2, 1967)