Antiquities Collection honors gifted Classics scholar

Important classical antiquities collected in the late 1920s as the result of a major bequest to the University will be on display at the Potter Museum of Art, April to October 2013. The collection was established in memory of John Hugh Sutton, an outstanding classics student and resident of Trinity College, who died tragically at the age of 19 in a motorcycle accident in 1925.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Monday 04 March 2013 to Monday 04 March 2013

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Sutton’s parents gave the University the then significant sum of £500 to acquire classical objects for the John Hugh Sutton Collection and to be called “The John Hugh Sutton Classical Museum” thus beginning the University of Melbourne’s classics and archaeology collection.

The Collection features a wide variety of classical coins, vases, terracotta artifacts and bronzes acquired in the late 1920s through auction rooms antiquities dealers in Britain, and the excavation sites of Greece. The purchase of objects for the Collection was directed by the University’s Classics Professor, Cecil Scutt, assisted by Cambridge classicist, C T Seltman.

Curator of the exhibition, Dr Andrew Jamieson, says the John Hugh Sutton Collection continues to be an immensely important teaching tool and aid to research.

“Actual objects from the period give a sense of reality and immediacy to what may seem a remote past, disconnected from modern life.”

“This Collection allows us to examine antiquities as a primary source, free from the interpretations of other commentators,” Dr Jamieson said.

The exhibition will also feature historical and archival material related to the creation of the Collection which will tell the story of the era in which Sutton lived and the spirit with which the generous donation was made. This historical backdrop, set between the wars, coincided with a grand era of archaeological exploration, most notably the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, and the development of these areas as academic disciplines.