Guide to the Papers of Robert Ingpen

MS 9141, MS Acc12.139

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Robert Ingpen
Date Range
1961-1994
Collection Number
MS 9141, MS Acc12.139
Extent
4.98 metres (17 boxes, 4 phase boxes, 1 packet)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises personal papers and artwork created or collected by Ingpen in the course of his illustrating and writing career and through his involvement in various organisations.

Aspects of Ingpen's work reflected in the papers include designing books, murals, postage stamps, posters, and publicity brochures, work with the United Nations, with heritage, conservation and scientific institutions, and with CSIRO. His long association with the establishment and operation of the Swan Hill Pioneer Village is also well documented.

The papers include correspondence, design proposals, consultant reports, drafts of publications and talks, layouts and mock-ups of books, research files, exhibition catalogues, publicity material and newspaper cuttings.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1501947).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Robert Ingpen, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Library under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts scheme.

Finding Aid Source(s)

Please note: This finding aid may comprise or contain descriptive information provided by donors, researchers and/or volunteers.

Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there may be multiple Box 1s). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Biographical Note

Robert Ingpen, illustrator, designer, writer and consultant, was born in Geelong in 1936. He was educated in Geelong before studying art and illustration under Harold Freedman at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1955-58. Early in his career he specialised in relating design to scientific research, and this included work as a graphic design artist for the CSIRO, 1958-67, commissions for designing pamphlets on fisheries for the United Nations in Mexico and Peru, and involvement in a number of Australian conservation and environmental projects. He launched into freelance work in 1968.

Ingpen's work has focused on environmental and heritage issues and his exploration of fantasy and imagination. He is best known as an illustrator, and as an author of children's books, and historical books and pamphlets for adults. He has painted murals on public buildings, designed the flag and coat of arms for the Northern Territory, and designed postage stamps, including stamps for the Captain Cook Bicentenary and the 50th anniversary of CSIRO. He has been involved in a number of conservation and environmental projects, including the establishment of the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement as consultant/designer. He was one of the founders of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Ingpen rose to prominence with his illustrations for Colin Thiele's classic children's story Storm Boy, winning for him the first Visual Arts Board award for children's book illustration. He won the international Hans Christian Anderson Medal for children's literature in 1986, and the Dromkeen Medal in 1989.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 9141. Original consignment Show allonly 1

Comprises personal papers and artwork created by Ingpen in the course of his illustrating and writing career and through his involvement in various organisations. Aspects of Ingpen's work reflected in the papers include designing books, murals, postage stamps, posters and publicity brochures. Ingpen's long association with the establishment and operation of the Swan Hill Pioneer Village is also well documented. The papers include correspondence, design proposals, consultant reports, drafts of publications and talks, exhibition catalogues and newspaper cuttings.

Contained in 17 boxes, 4 phase boxes.

Series 1. General Correspondence, 1966-95 Show allonly 1

The correspondence is with friends, collaborators, publishers and agents, clients and community organisations, and includes invitations and thank-you letters. The announcement and letter of congratulations on Ingpen's Hans Christian Anderson Award, from the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), is in this series, together with his acceptance speech. Correspondents include Patricia Wrightson, Geoffrey Dutton, Dick Smith, G.L. Kesteven, Louis Lothian, Ena Noel, Maurice Saxby, Colin Thiele and Faith Bandler. Other publishers' correspondence is in series 2 and 3.

File 1. 1966-79 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 2. 1980-82 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 3. 1983 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 4. 1984-85 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 5. 1986 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 6. Hans Christian Anderson Award, 1986 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 7. 1987 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 8. 1988, 89 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 9. 1990-95 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File 10. Undated - Box 1 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Papers relating to work as illustrator and writer, 1976-94 Show allonly 1

The files in this series are arranged alphabetically by book title. The books have been either illustrated by Ingpen, or written and illustrated by him. The files consist mainly of correspondence with publishers, but also included are annotated typescripts, schedules, layouts and mock-ups. Publishers include Lothian Books, Hill of Content Publishing, David Bateman Ltd, Dragon's World Limited and Century Hutchinson.

At the end of the series are books without files or accompanying material. They are mainly mock-ups or partial layouts of books.

Titles include- A Christmas Tree; The dream keeper (photocopy);'Invention in Australia'; Lincoln's Place; Paradise and beyond; Peacetimes; 'Pioneers of wine'; Treasure Island; Surprise and enterprise: fifty years of science for Australia (published copy, 1976); Turning points in the making of Australia; The unchosen land; Worldly dogs.

File 1. Age of acorns, 1988 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 2. Australian gnomes (1979) - annotated typescript only - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 3. A celebration of customs and rituals of the world, 1994 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 4. Conservation: A thoughtful way of explaining conservation to children - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 5. Folk tales and fables of the world, 1987 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 6. 'Great buildings of Australia' - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File 7. 'Industrial Australia' - Box 3, Folio-Box 5 Show allonly 1
File 8. Lifetimes: a beautiful way to explain death to children, 1983 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 9. Marking time - Australia's abandoned buildings, 1983 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 10. Encyclopedia of mysterious places: the life and legends of ancient sites..., 1990 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 11. The Nargun and the stars, 1988 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 12. 'Pictorial Atlas of Australian Industry' - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 13. 'Pioneer life in Australia' - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 14. The voyage of the Poppykettle, 1980 - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File 15. UNICEF. 'Gluckliche Kinder' Show allonly 1
File 16. Encyclopedia of world events: eighty turning points in history, 1991 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Mock-ups - Box 4, 5 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Papers relating to artwork commissions other than books, 1974-88 Show allonly 1

Ingpen was commissioned as designer and artist for murals, brochures, posters, stamps, flags, coats of arms, emblems, logos, medals, heritage centres and holiday villages. He also provided many concept and consultant reports.

Murals include the Sir Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Mural at Clunies Ross House, Melbourne, depicting aspects of the life and work of Sir Ian Clunies Ross; the entry foyer of the Conrad International Hotel and Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast; the entrance doors commemorating the 150th anniversary (1988) of the founding of the Melbourne Cricket Club - the 7 bronzed doors feature some of the legendary moments of MCC life; and murals for Geelong's Commercial Bank (1976) and Water Trust (1977). Ingpen worked with the United Nations in Mexico and Peru as Consultant Expert for their Development Program in relation to fisheries and agriculture.

Papers in this series include correspondence, plans, information sheets, invitations, accounts, layouts and newspaper clippings.

File 1. AAT (Australian Accommodation Tours) - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 2. Australian Holiday Village - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 3. Australian Maritime College emblem - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 4. Clunies Ross Memorial Mural - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 5. Dromkeen medal - Box 6 Show allonly 1

Dromkeen Tree House

File 6. Game stamp, 1974; other stamps - Box 6 Show allonly 1

Geelong Commercial Bank of Australia, 1976

Geelong Water Trust, 1977

Geelong City Hall (booklet only)

File 7. Jupiters Casino, 1985-86 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File 8. National Conservation Strategy poster series - Box 6 Show allonly 1

National Wool Centre, Geelong (concept report)

File 9. Melbourne Cricket Club - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 10. Northern Territory flag and Coat of Arms, 1977-79 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 11. Peppin Heritage Centre, Australian Sheep and Wool Centre, Deniliquin (4 folders) - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 12. United Nations (Peru and Mexico), 1974-75 - Box 7 Show allonly 1
File 13. Werribee Fauna Park, 1977-78 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Artwork Show allonly 1

The artwork series consists of numbered and unnumbered original artwork, sketchbooks and ephemeral material.

The unnumbered artwork (Item 1) consists of 44 preparatory sketches for various publications. Many of the sketches are signed.

The sketchbooks (Item 2) have mostly very rough pencil sketches, some watercolour, with notes and jottings. (9 sketchbooks)

The numbered artwork (Items 3-36), in the main signed and dated watercolours, is for publications, murals and commissions.

The ephemeral material (Item 37) includes photographs of Robert Ingpen working on murals and other projects, photographs and slides of finished murals and other projects, xeroxed plans for Swan Hill Folk Museum and posters.

Item 1. Unnumbered original artwork - Folio-Box 1 Show allonly 1
Item 2. Sketchbooks - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 3. Designs for Australian Holiday Village, watercolour, 1973, 3 sheets each approx 30x30cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 4. Design for Kallis and France project, watercolour, 1977, 34x47cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 5. Seagull, colour pastel, 1967, 50.4x75cm - Folio-Box 2, 3 + a Map-Folio Show allonly 1

Map drawer 45

Item 6. Design for Australian gnomes, water colour, 32x38cm, unfinished - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 7. 'Backwater Bessie', design for River Murray Mary, watercolour, 13.4x47.8cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 8. All Saints Winery, watercolour, 13.4x47.8cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 9. Marea, watercolour, pen and ink, 1971, 30x49.8cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 10. Mexico City, watercolour, 1969, 38.2x56cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 11. Design for the Sea King's Palace, in the Encyclopaedia of things that never were, watercolour, 23x22.8cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 12. Sketch for unidentified publication, watercolour, 1980, 23x28cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 13. Sketch for unidentified publication (mining town), watercolour, pen and ink, 19x45.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 14. Sketch for unidentified publication, watercolour, 1980, 30.4x25cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 15. Small coastal town, watercolour, 1966, 37.8x46.2cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 16. Small coastal town, watercolour, pen and ink,1966, 34.4x48.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 17. Design for Treasure Island, 1981, watercolour, 27.4x40.8cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 18. Study for Geelong Water Trust mural, watercolour over photocopy, 20x46.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 19. Design for unidentified project, watercolour, 25x34.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 20. East Melbourne, 2 watercolours, pen and ink, 1969 - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 21. Design for a mural, watercolour over reproduction, 20.2x46.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 22. Country Scene, water colour, pen and ink, 1966 - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 23. Buckley Falls, watercolour, pen and ink, 1970, 30x40cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 24. Bedana Island, watercolour, pen and ink, 25.2x53.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 25. Mocks-ups for Colonial South Australia, watercolours, 1985, approx 3x5cm each - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 26. Mock-ups for Encyclopaedia of mysterious places, watercolours, approx 30.6x46.4cm each - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 27. Sketchbook with preparatory drawings for Lifetimes, and other projects, watercolour, pen, ink and pencil, 21.2x30cm - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 28. Mock-up fo Religious Worlds, watercolour, each approx 19x19cm - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 29. Scarecrow, watercolour, 21x21.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 30. Rainbow Serpent, watercolour, 10.2x20.8cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 31. Mock-up for Careers in Marine Science, watercolour, coloured pencil, 24.8x19.4cm - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 32. 'The living dream, the dreaming life', pencil, 21x28.4cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 33. Sketchbook page with sketches of people, pen and ink, pencil, 21x29.6cm - Folio-Box 2 Show allonly 1
Item 34. Five designs for CSIRO medals, watercolour, 1985 - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 35. Mock-up for Australian Pioneer Settlement poster, watercolour, 41.5x90.8cm - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 36. Design for mural, watercolour, pen and ink, 9.5x43cm - Box 8 Show allonly 1
Item 37. Ephemeral material - Folio-Box 4 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Talks and interviews Show allonly 1

Ingpen gave talks and papers and wrote articles on many topics. He was invited to give the opening address at Children's Book Week, to speak at the Conference on Youth Literature, 1985, to the CSIRO Society for Ingestion and Pontification, and at the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Seminar to celebrate the 1986 Hans Christian Anderson Awards.

Some of the titles include 'Looking for Clancy', 'Watching for the Wobyang - the fact and fantasy of Peruvian settlement in Australia in the 16th century', 'An Australian illustrator speaks', 'The promise of imagination', 'Into the forest', 'A system for the quantitative rating of National Trust and other interesting buildings', 'Imprints', 'Between the path and the forest - entering the world of fantasy', and 'Imagination and celebration'.

Also in this series is an interview with Ingpen after he won the Hans Christian Anderson Award, an interview about his imaginative work, and a transcript of a conversation on cassette between G. L. Kesteven and Ingpen on a new project.

File 1-3. Talks and interviews - Box 8 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Swan Hill Pioneer Village, 1961-78 Show allonly 1

Ingpen was the Pioneer Settlement's consultant advisor. The files on the operation of the Swan Hill Pioneer Village document in detail the establishment and operation of the first of a number of open-air museums.

The series includes five boxes of chronological folders (1961-78) with transcriptions of newspaper reports, publicity photographs, minutes and reports of meetings and cuttings. The documentation was copied from the minutes of the organising committee and from reports in local and state newspapers.

Also in the series are photographs of the village, constitutions in the 1960s, an agreement with Rigby, 1972, giving the publishing company sole right to print and publish books under the imprint 'Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement', papers of the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement Authority, and the research material of Merrill Taylor who was writing a history of the Pioneer Settlement.

File 1-4. 1961-65 - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File 5-8. 1966-69 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File 9-12. 1970-73 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File 13-16. 1974-77 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
File 17-18. 1976-78 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File 19-20. Constitutions, 1960s - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 21. Annual reports, 1971-76 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 22. Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement Authority, 1968-80 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 23. Rigby, 1972 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
File 24-26. Research material, Merrill Taylor - Box 14, 15 Show allonly 1
File 27-28. Photographs - Box 15 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Exhibition catalogues, 1974-92 Show allonly 1

The first major exhibition of Ingpen's work, covering 30 years, was held at the Geelong Art Gallery in 1988. The earliest catalogue in the series is for an exhibition of drawings organised by The Geelong Women's Group of the National Trust of Victoria in 1974. Catalogues include exhibitions of original paintings for Lincoln Place, Marking Time, Out of this world - the complete book of fantasy, Turning Points, Treasure Island and The making of Australians. The file includes a small amount of correspondence and newspaper articles.

File 1. Exhibition catalogues - Box 15 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Newspaper clippings, 1968-86 Show allonly 1

The clippings include book reviews, publicity material and articles about Ingpen, his books, commissions, conservation and heritage interests.

Books reviewed include The idle bear, Australian gnomes, Marking time: Australia's abandoned buildings, Storm Boy, Out of this world: the complete book of fantasy, and Encyclopaedia of things that never were.

File 1-3. Newspaper clippings - Box 16 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Photographs Show allonly 1

The series includes photographs of the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Mural at the National Science Centre, Melbourne, opened by Prince Philip; the opening of the Commercial Bank at Geelong, 1976, and the mural by Ingpen; the Land Research fresco; family photographs and many unidentified photographs.

File 1-2. Photographs - Box 16 + Folio-Box 5 Show allonly 1

Series 10. Miscellaneous Show allonly 1

The series includes biographical information on Ingpen and articles about him, a catalogue of his publications, articles collected by Ingpen, and other miscellaneous items.

File 1-4. Photographs - Box 17 Show allonly 1

Class Acc12.139. Consignment added 2012 Show allonly 1

Comprises a typescript chapter draft and chapter breakdown of book titled "Soldier" by Michael Page; hand-drawn concept map; and, a letter from Kit Denton to Ingpen regarding illustrations for "Soldier" dated 29 January, 1980.

Contained in 1 packet.