Thursday, November 29, 2012
John Schaeffer Collection
Daniel Maclise, Scene – lawn before the Duke’s palace; Orlando about to engage with Charles, the Duke’s wrestler, 1854
Over the past 25 years John Schaeffer has been one of the world’s most prominent collectors of British nineteenth-century art. Born in the Netherlands, John Schaeffer emigrated to Australia in the late 1950s where his business career flourished. He was founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of Tempo Services Limited, one of Australia’s largest multi-service public companies. His interest in collecting started in the 1970s with Australian paintings by Rupert Bunny, Emanuel Phillips Fox & John Peter Russell but increasingly through the 1980s and 90s he developed a passion for British nineteenth-century painting and sculpture. He is a benefactor of the Australian art community and his support includes contributions of art and financial assistance to educational institutions and state and federal galleries. He is a board member of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, a Life Governor of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a board member of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation. He is a past Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and an Honorary Governor of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales. In acknowledgement of his generosity and support, Sydney University now has The Schaeffer Fine Arts Library and The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra each incorporates a John Schaeffer Gallery.