The Library is pleased to announce that it has acquired
the Derwent Collection. The original owner, Mr. Brian
Cuthbertson, began the collection more than twenty years
ago and has now generously donated it to the Library.
focus of the Derwent Collection is on Macau as depicted
in art and described in books, shortly after it became
a Portuguese colony in the 16th century until its return
of sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in
December 1999. The more than 300 art works in the collection
date from the early 17th century to the late 20th century
and include prints, maps, original drawings and paintings,
and photographs. Most of these works were created by
western professional and amateur artists and photographers
who visited or lived in the Far East, and depict the
scenery and landmarks in and around Macau, as well as
the social life and customs of the local population.
Well-known 19th century artists represented in the collection
include George Chinnery and Auguste Borget. There are
also art works depicting scenes and places in China,
Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia.
art in the collection is complemented by several hundreds
of books, some of which were published in the first
half of the 19th century. Included are historical writings
on Macau and China, as well as accounts of travel and
exploration in those places. There are also art exhibition
and gallery catalogs with illustrations of art works,
some of the originals of which are now a part of the
Derwent Collection. Together, the art works and books
in the Derwent Collection provide a rich visual and
print resource for the history, study and appreciation
of Macau and China.
"Macao, China". Coloured aquatint, London,
1810. Drawn and engraved by Thos & Willm Daniell.
information on the use of the collection please contact
the Library's Special Collections & Archives by
phone at ext. 5937 or e-mail to email@example.com.