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Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo Documents in the Archives of the Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Curator Sarah Johnson has researched and documented the over 100 letters by and to Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo held by the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. They allow a new insight into the establishment and day-to-day business of the Gallery from 1925 to 1940s. They also give a closer view of Dattilo-Rubbo: a prolific writer of letters, often three or more in a week, and with impeccable English - his second language. Particularly interesting in this regard is Dattilo-Rubbo's letter from 18 June 1940 in which he writes about the 
enquiry about his political activities as a person of Italian origin.



"Dear Mr Marriner,

Owing to my school duties, I regret being unable to attend the next Monday meeting - and I hope that my absence may not cause any inconvenience in regard some likely questions relating to the present Exhibition.

However   I may inform you, that is is my desire that, after the Exhibition, my large picture by the title 'Betty' be a gift to the Gallery and I hope that other artists may do likewise to increase our collection in spite of our limited fund to purchase new works -

You can communicate this note to your Council, in the hope that my offer will be accepted with full votes -

Yours Sincerely

A. Dattilo-Rubbo"


Letter dated 4 April 1936 to Herbert Z Marriner, Honorary Secretary of the Manly Art Gallery


The following chronological compilation gives a concise overview of the correspondence and is still currently under copyright. It has been reproduced here with permission given to the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, kindly by the Rubbo Family.


DATES: 1925 - 1930

ACC NO: D1091
DATE: 10 /03/1925
AUTHOR:
RA Penfold, Watson and Crane Ltd Brass Founders, Electro platers, importers. 373-375 Pitt street Sydney
Works: Parramatta Rd Camperdown NSW
Telephone: L 1438
ADDRESSEE: Mr Marriner, Woodland street Manly NSW
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RE BRONZE FOUNDERS ROLL FOR MANLY ART GALLERY & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Concern over cost of bronze honour roll of Manly Art Gallery & Museum. During ceremony of inauguration (of gallery) mention made to Penfold that donation of roll made by a lady (individual unknown?). Penfold refers to negotiation of price with Rubbo and Mr Forsyth (individual unknown?) that roll was for committee and Penfold offered to provide at cost price to assist project. Committee would be £10. 10.0 shillings better off to take up offer. Author awaits reply from Mr Marriner.
Additional signature (illegible) dated 20/4/25

ACC NO: D1092
DATE: 19 / 03 / 1925
AUTHOR:  ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO, A Dattilo
-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
ADDRESSEE: MR MARRINER
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT:
Re: BRONZE FOUNDERS ROLL FOR MANLY ART GALLERY:
Response to letter from RA Penfold.
Rubbo advises Mr Marriner the need for Mr Penfold to be informed that the gallery honour roll was donated by a lady and expenses were not known, she donated £20 for the roll’s construction.  Rubbo explains Penfold was willing to offer discount on manufacture cost of £10 from the final price. Rubbo explains that Mr Forsythe can also verify this information. Rubbo asserts final cost needed to be known from Penfold and was informed not over £30. Rubbo advises if cost is more, it should be subject to a valuation. Rubbo wants the matter resolved by clearly stating; “ It surprises me and I don’t feel to discuss this matter with Mr Penfold any longer.” (Rubbo, 1925, p2)

ACC NO: D1093
DATE: 07/04/1925
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
ADDRESSEE: Mr Marriner
ORIGIN: Rubbo atelier, Sydney
CONTENT: RESOLUTION OF PRICE ISSUE- MANLY ART GALLERY AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY HONOUR ROLL.
Rubbo writes to Mr Marriner informing him of a meeting between Rubbo and Penfold regarding price of roll.  Rubbo’s view changed and believes Penfold justified in questioning discount to roll when donated by an external person.  The roll costs £30 (or 10 Guineas) with discount taken to twenty pounds. He is willing to give extras to value of 10 guineas if lady offers the balance of 10 pounds.  Rubbo suggests resolving issue. “I would advise you to invite him to our meeting and let this matter settled in a very amicable way.” (Rubbo, 1925, p1)

ACC NO: D1094
DATE: 25/ 04/ 1925
AUTHOR: Sydney Rubbo
ADDRESSEE: Unknown, address 144 Addison Rd Manly
ORIGIN: Manly, Sydney
CONTENT: SYDNEY RUBBO PRIZE RECEIVED
Response of thanks from Sydney Rubbo for congratulation and award for receiving a prize. (Details unknown)

ACC NO: D1095
DATE: 09/05/1925
AUTHOR:  RA Penfold
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: RA Penfold, Watson and Crane Ltd Brass Founders, Electro platers, importers. 373-375 Pitt street Sydney
Works: Parramatta rd Camperdown NSW
Telephone: L 1438
CONTENT: RE: MANLY ART GALLERY HONOUR ROLL
Acknowledging payment of £36 and intention to send receipt for (roll?).  “I am pleased that I have been of some little use to your committee in helping to cultivate the artistic in Manly.” (Penfold, 1925, p1). Positive send off and response from Penfold. Matter regarding cost of honour roll appears resolved.

ACC NO: D1096
DATE: 04/03/1930
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Rubbo Art School, Sydney.
CONTENT: DONATION OF ARTWORKS BY RUBBO TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Offer by A Dattilo Rubbo of another artwork to Manly Art Gallery. First portrait of Rubbo done when living in Manly, which ‘to the opinion of experts is far better than the later ones I painted which I have sent to London.” (p1). The work appeared in the exhibition titled, 'father and son’ in 1923, later renamed to ‘Self Portrait’. Work was held onto by Rubbo’s wife.  “Indeed I presented it to my wife who has kept this picture very jeoulousely (sic)- and always thought of it as the picture belonging to the family.” (4/3/30)

DATES: 1931 - 1940

ACC NO: D1097
DATE: 20/03/1931
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RUBBO QUESTIONS TWO WORKS IN MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION
RUBBO expresses disapproval of two works into the Manly historical collection questioning the value of the works and also that visitors do not know about the ‘two bodies’ of the collection- art and historical. Asks Marriner to contact him so Rubbo can ‘Explain better my point of view- my unbiased attitude in this matter.” (AD Rubbo, 1931, p2)


ACC NO: D1098
DATE: 27/06/1932
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RUBBO HAS BEEN BESTOWED WITH TITLE ‘CAVALIERE’ FROM ITALIAN GOVT
Rubbo writes to Marriner returning tickets for an event, Rubbo is unable to attend due to teaching commitments four nights a week and every day (“except Sunday”). Reference to Miss Edwards taking picture, needs to return to Mr Marriner? When she is ‘back in town’. Rubbo requests that in future catalogues etc his full name ‘Cavaliere’ (pre fix Cav) accompany all reference to Rubbo “A recent title conferred upon me by the King of Italy”. Rubbo wishes Marriner all success with the evening event.
NB: at top of letter Rubbo has hand written CAV at letterhead with FRAS (Fellow Royal Art Society)

ACC NO: D1079
DATE: 22/10/1935
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Rubbo Art School, Sydney
CONTENT: RUBBO REQUESTS MANLY ART GALLERY COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO CHANGE NIGHTS
Rubbo sends apologies for inability to attend evening (committee meeting?), due to inclement weather. Rubbo in support of new proposed rules (for gallery?) and hopes they have been approved by committee. Rubbo under impression that night of committee meetings could be arranged to suit all committee members. Rubbo finds Monday nights difficult to attend, whereas he is generally free Wed, Fri or Sat nights. Rubbo would appreciate the change without inconveniencing other members.
NB: Title CAV is featured in print on letterhead as permanent fixture. Also includes new after hours phone number.

ACC NO: D1100
DATE: 6/03/1936
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Rubbo Atelier, Sydney
CONTENT: A SELECTION OF RUBBO WORKS DELIVERED TO MANLY ART GALLERY FOR CONSIDERATION INTO COLLECTION
Society of Artists notified its members of sending pictures to Manly Art Gallery. Rubbo notifies of sending three works to the gallery, one of which to be left as a loan, unless committee objects. Rubbo would like to know the date of installation/hanging so he can arrange work to be free to “help as much as possible in this matter.”(Rubbo, 1936, p1)

ACC NO: D1101
DATE: 4/04/1936
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RUBBO’S INTENTIONS FOR WORK ‘BETTY’ TO BE GIFTED TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Due to school commitments, Rubbo is unable to attend next committee meeting. Rubbo hopes absence does not cause inconvenience regarding ‘present’ exhibition. After the exhibition, Rubbo would like the artwork “Betty” to be a gift to the gallery and hopes that other artists may do the same to donate works in order to increase the collection, particularly due to limited budget to buy works for the collection. Rubbo would like this communicate to Council to accept offer with ‘full votes”.

ACC NO: D1102
DATE: 18/04/1936
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: MANLY ART GALLERY COMMITTEE AGREES TO PURCHASE RUBBO WORK, ‘BOCCACCIO’.
Rubbo responds to ‘unexpected resolution’ of committee communicated by Mr. Marriner in letter of 15th of the month (April) has “earned my deepest appreciation”. Following committee decision to purchase Rubbo work “Boccaccio” and addition of Rubbo’s name to the founder’s board of the gallery (est. 1924?). Rubbo encloses with letter a cheque for 10 guineas which “would fulfil my duty in an adequately practical fashion”. (Rubbo, 1936, p1)
NB: Handwritten in pencil underneath Rubbo signature is note: “has receipt been sent?”

ACC NO: D1103
DATE: 24/04/1937
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RE: MANLY ART GALLERY ACQUISITION OF RUBBO ARTWORK, ‘BOCCACCIO’.
Response of appreciation from committee to Rubbo’s gift to the gallery. Shall endeavour to attend next committee meeting.

ACC NO: D1104
DATE: 28/09/1937
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RE: REVIEW OF RUBBO ARTWORKS IN MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION.
Rubbo expresses thoughts of ‘having a general review of the works in the possession of the Art gallery in order to eliminate the doubtful ones from the more suitable for the purpose of any? Art gallery. Rubbo would like to withdraw the watercolour “the son and model’/medal (?) and “exchange it with a watercolour of recent date”. Also, those works that don’t ‘find the unanimous approval of the art committee, to be handed to the Municipality-for any uses they wish.” (Rubbo, 1937, p1). In case of objections from donors, they can be returned  ‘with thanks’. Rubbo advises that the selection be made prior to the catalogue being published.

Acc no: D1152
DATE: 05/10/1937
AUTHOR: Frances D Ellis, c/- 15 Bligh Street Sydney (Rubbo atelier)
ADDRESSEE: Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery
ORIGIN: Bligh Street, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE DONATION OF ELLIS ARTWORK TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Letter from Ellis, wish to donate one of her watercolours to Manly Art Gallery following recommendation from Cav Dattilo Rubbo. Work is currently being exhibited at Water  Colour Institute’s exhibition at Parkers.

ACC NO: D1105
DATE: 21/03/1939
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RE: RUBBO ARTWORKS IN MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION.
Response to previous letter from Marriner. Rubbo approves of conditions decided by Manly Council, regarding his collection of paintings, are acceptable to him. Rubbo hopes that when works are delivered that committee and council are justified for expenses incurred “in the extension of the building’. (Rubbo, 1939, p1)

ACC NO: D1106
DATE: 25/03/1939
AUTHOR: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly (no name on bottom of letter).
ADDRESSEE: MR LC Wellings, Town Clerk, Manly Council
ORIGIN: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney
CONTENT: RE - RUBBO PAINTINGS IN MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION
Letter in response to Wellings’ letter of 18th (March?). Copy of resolution passed in Manly council (to be forwarded to Rubbo). Rubbo’s response is quoted in the letter as; Conditions decided by Manly Council are acceptable.

ACC NO: D1107
DATE: 29/03/1939
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO
45 Prince Albert Street Mosman (NB not on letterhead)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: STAND FOR SCULPTURE ‘VICTORY OF SAMOTHRACE’.
Rubbo advises that the committee arrange a stand for the sculpture “Victory of Samothrace” which Rubbo intends to give to gallery.  Rubbo advises he will bring into the gallery “as I consider it a good attraction to the gallery”. Advises stand to be of solid material and to source from auction rooms ‘it would be cheaper and more useful’. (Rubbo, 1939, p1) Rubbo gives dimensions and suggests a square or round base.
(Editor’s note: This plaster cast and the Venus have all been donated to The National Art School, Sydney, where they are on display in the restored chapel- 2008).

ACC NO: D1108
DATE: 08/11/1939
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO
45 Prince Albert Street Mosman (NB - not on letterhead)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: DONATION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS TO MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION.
Rubbo unable to attend meeting on 23 Installation (date of month) due to another meeting. Rubbo asks to ‘obtain some lawful information in regard to my donation of pictures’. Rubbo expresses concern that in the event of his death, “and the pictures still in my possession, the gift is subject then to probates and valorem which would place my wife to a big expences”(sic). Rubbo seeks a letter from council asking for the storage of the works until “the gallery is ready to house them.” Requests that the statues be removed on any Saturday or Wednesday from his place after the ‘marine’ show is over- as “on these days I can call there at night and see that everything is ok”. (Rubbo, 1939, p1)

ACC NO: D1109
DATE: 21/11/1939
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO
45 Prince Albert Street Mosman (NB not on letterhead), but with A Dattilo Rubbo Art School stamp
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: CARRIAGE OF STATUES
Rubbo writes to express concern about the delivery of statues to Manly. Ready for collection Monday 27 November 1939. Rubbo feels is unwise to use Anthony Hordern carriers as ‘general deliveries’ and not specialised to carry sculptures. Rubbo outlines that he had to engage a special carrier for the removal from town and ‘event then an accident happened’ and that damage would cost the committee. Rubbo hopes this is possible and can be available to oversee the delivery. Suggests a Manly carrier “and no less than two men to lift the Venus”(Rubbo, 1939, p1).

ACC NO: D1110
DATE: 13/12/1939
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO
45 Prince Albert Street Mosman (NB not on letterhead), but with A Dattilo Rubbo Art School stamp
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Honorary Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: DELIVERY OF PICTURES TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Rubbo going away and needs to arrange delivery of pictures earlier on Monday, rather than Thursday. Working on a new list of pictures and reducing prices to lower insurance and “if some few subjects are missing, they have been replaced with later works”. (Rubbo, 1939, p1)
Rubbo has also included pictures by other artists (continental) not in the list. Rubbo feels he has made a collection that the committee will approve of. Requests Marriner contact him by phone (XM4747) as not in town often over Xmas.

ACC NO: D1111
DATE: Tuesday 27/12/1939
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO
45 Prince Albert Street Mosman (NB not on letterhead), but with A Dattilo Rubbo Art School stamp
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman Sydney
CONTENT: DISCUSSION OF DONATION OF ARTWORKS TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Rubbo apologises for not attending meeting due to the flu. Rubbo intends to come and talk again about the donation of works to the gallery and discussions of possible extensions to the gallery to house expanding collection. Rubbo suggests to be forwarded to meeting to ask permission of council to place honour board in a prominent position “as to direct people to the Manly Art Gallery in the same way as the national Art Gallery has done to the entrance of the Domain.”
Rubbo notes that many people ask where the gallery and believes this is a good idea.
“Wishing a prosperous new year to members and gallery.” (Rubbo, 1939, p1)

ACC NO: D1112
DATE: 19/02/1940
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, A Dattilo-Rubbo Art School, Hudson House, 15 Bligh Street City,
Telephone: B5333
Y4747 (after 6pm)
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: City atelier, Sydney
CONTENT: LETTER FROM RUBBO WITH UPDATED NEWS FOR MR MARRINER. 
Miss Blaxland, ex Rubbo pupil, teacher of modelling at technical college, invited Rubbo to sit for a bust. Nearly completed and ‘a very successful work’. Rubbo suggests presenting it to the gallery as Blaxland not represented in collection. Rubbo would like committee and Marriner to see it before it is cast, and in bronze like finish.  Blaxland has a studio 195 George Street opposite Port Jackson hotel, next to Nock and Kirby.  (Number BW 5230). Marriner is to call before arriving.
Other news in letter, Colonel Spain has a ‘nice collection of pictures’ “ and he is willing to donate us another one out of his collection – I am going to call at his home and see what I can match for us… do not leave the inspection of the bust too late. Yours ADR” (Rubbo, 1940, p1)
Editor’s note: Donation Rubbo mentions is possibly the donation of the Tom Roberts’ ‘The Flower Sellers’ or other significant work in Spain’s Collection.

ACC NO: D1113
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
DATE: 18/06/1940
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: RE INVESTIGATION AS ITALIAN AUSTRALIAN DURING WWII BY AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
Due to significance of letter, it has been quoted in its entirety.
“After an unpleasant waiting for an enquiry about my political activities my innocence has proved, as usual, the protection of British Justice and am home a free and loyal subject of my adopted country which I love more than the one where, by accident, is born- I feared nothing and I may add, that my usual generosity and social life brought upon me the suspicion of disloyalty I believe through my Title, and then a donation to an Italian Club on one of my works and a monetary contribution towards expenses for furnishing it. That’s all, but nevertheless I don’t blame the authorities for the steps taken no matter how innocent it may have been. I shall be pleased to attend your meeting when called and talk matters over. In the hope that the dear friendship of all members of the committee has not been minimised, through an unpleasant incident, believe me.
Yours Sincerely
A Dattilo Rubbo.” (Rubbo, 1940, p1)

DATES: 1941 - 1950

Acc no: D1114
DATE: 17/09/1943
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO, private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney.
CONTENT:
A sad letter that resounds of the loss of his wife and a significant document announcing the end of Rubbo’s link to the gallery committee.
Reference to donation of works to Manly Art Gallery following death of Rubbo’s wife and resignation from committee.

“My dear friend Marriner,
“I received your notice together with the information regarding your visit with the other two friends mentioned my latest gift of 30 pictures which my dear wife appropriated to herself on a mutual consent, that should she survived (sic) me, the works had to be added  to my collection in our art gallery – unfortunately she has passed away, and true to our agreement, I see no reason to hold these pictures any longer- knowing that there is no wall space for them, I would suggest to rearrange the collection in my room with pictures you consider best- while others could be hanged anywhere where space is available in the big gallery- the art committee, of course, has a right to advise, and I cannot help, doubting their complacency and sincerity on this matter - In any case, they should be reminded that myself, with the enthusiastic cooperation of Mr Trennery, I was one of the most active worker to achieve what we have to day- they have come in at a “Fait accompli”- Is that enough?-
Since the sad loss of my wife, I do not feel to be much the interested in the outside world! - I love the quietness of my home, avoiding, ironically speaking, the company of brother artists-socials etc- and therefore I have decided to resign from your committee- In due time I shall forward my resignation- I would suggest you the names of Merrs Murch or Townshend- both artists living in the vicinity of Manly – I may be wrong in my troubled mind, nevertheless I do not feel to be the same individual as before- accept my best wishes and believe me (This letter is Private to you).
A Dattilo
-Rubbo” (Rubbo, 1943, p1)


ACC NO: D1115
DATE: 14/10/1943
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT:
Less than a month after his moving letter to Marriner announcing his resignation from the gallery committee, Rubbo writes about the donation of further works to expand the gallery collection. Rubbo asks Mr. Marriner to convey to committee and Manly Council information regarding the collection of paintings donated by Rubbo to gallery. Rubbo wants to remind committee that initial list of donations was not complete at the time due to ‘the wanting of suitable works not available”. Ideal number of donated works was 100. Rubbo has 30 latest works “to select from to complete the collection, beside a suggestion of exchanging some of my older works with the latest ones.” Rubbo hopes there is no issue with the selection of works, to ensure”… a high standard of artworks”. (Rubbo, 1943, p1)

ACC NO: D1116
DATE: 11/12/1943
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: A significant document announcing the resignation of Rubbo from the Manly Art Gallery committee due to ill health and other issues. Letter is quoted in its entirety.
“Dear Mr Marriner
For many years a member of the Committee of the Manly Art Gallery, after careful consideration, I feel to send my resignation owing to my ill health and other unexpected circumstances.
I may add that, with rapid growing of this cultural and artistic institution, the members and assuming greater responsibility and, in consequence, I could not be absent from the meetings without failing in my duty- However, I may assure you my interest in the welfare of the gallery will never be relaxed and always ready and willing to assist if required-
I thank your committee, yourself and Council for their valued help and Comradship (sic) shown towards me, and wishing increased success to the gallery
I remain
Yours Sincerely
A Dattilo Rubbo” (Rubbo, 1943, p1)

Acc no: D1117
DATE: 17/09/1943
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: NEW MEMBERS OF MANLY ART GALLERY COMMITEE
Rubbo expresses concern that members of the committee are unavailable to attend regular meetings due to their commitments as artists and the War Effort. Rubbo suggests the creation of an art advisory committee “not less than three”, called when art works are proposed for donation or purchase.
Rubbo refers to delivery of works to “Parkers George Street” as a convenient location works can be viewed. (Editor’s note: Parkers were the suppliers of art materials in Argyle Street The Rocks. All Sydney artists used them as framers as well). Rubbo also recommends new members of the committee being local citizens and “art lovers who may be of substantial help to the gallery.” (Rubbo, 1943, p1).
Rubbo refers to the principle reason for leaving the gallery committee was inability to make meetings, however if committee constitution changed, “I would be willing to cooperate in the work as I have always done since the inception of the Manly Art Gallery”(Rubbo, 1943, p2).

Acc no: D1118
DATE: 19/01/1944
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO C/- Miss Moore, “Ellensville”, Camden NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Camden, Sydney.
CONTENT: LETTER FROM RUBBO TO MARRINER REGARDING THE DONATION OF WORK ‘INSPIRATION’ BY FRANCIS WILLIAM SARGEANT. Rubbo indicates that the potential acquisition of work by Sargeant (that is still located outside the entry to Manly Art Gallery today). Significant in that it marks the beginning of a ‘public art’ program for the gallery and council.

Acc no: D1119
DATE: 19/02/1944
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: MANLY ART GALLERY COMMITTEE RULES
Rubbo thanks Marriner for invitation to exhibition opening /anniversary night
(20th anniversary) but is unable to attend. Reiterates his commitment to the Manly Art Gallery and hope for rule changes for committee as outlined in previous correspondence.

Acc no: D1120
DATE: 07/08/1945
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: SIGNIFICANCE OF MANLY ART GALLERY
A very interesting letter from Rubbo espousing the value of the gallery and frustration at the fact it is overlooked by members of the “Society of Artists”.
“What I cannot explain in a few words – why this Society has always ignored the great achievement of Manly in the Art World-by having an Art Gallery unique in Australia, I cannot explain…I cannot show to the Society of Artists their neglect or injustice to the efforts of a good citizen as MrTrennery”(Town Clerk, integral in support and establishment of the gallery-Editor’s note)….
…In my opinion at least, such medal (awarded from the Society of Artists to outstanding art community members) should be given to the Manly Council as the only and first municipality in NSW to initiate an Art Gallery….
(Editor’s note: Broken Hill is officially the first and oldest regional art gallery in NSW established in 1904).
…I would not let this matter drop before any enquiry and satisfactory reasons are given by this so called “Society of Artists”. You can keep the enclosed circular as they are of no use to me”(Rubbo, 1945, p2).

Acc no: D1120.1 (additional information accompanying Rubbo letters)
DATE: Unknown
AUTHOR: Sydney Ure Smith, President, Society of Artists
ADDRESSEE: Unknown
ORIGIN: Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: SOCIETY OF ARTS MEDAL
A letter from Ure Smith, president of the SOA announcing Vida Lahey and Dr Roland Pope as winners of Society of Arts Medal. Letter outlines if not in agreement, objections must be given in writing by August 10 (year unknown).

Acc no: D1120.2 (additional information accompanying Rubbo letters)
DATE: Unknown
AUTHOR: Sydney Ure Smith, President, Society of Artists
ADDRESSEE: Unknown
ORIGIN: Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: SOCIETY OF ARTS MEDAL
A letter from Ure Smith, president of the Society Of Artists announcing Vida Lahey and Dr Roland Pope as winners of Society of Arts Medal. Letter outlines if not in agreement, objections must be given in writing by August 10.

Acc no: D1153
DATE: 14/03/1946
AUTHOR: Frances D Ellis c/-, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman
ADDRESSEE: Mr Marriner, Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RUBBO IN HOSPITAL, SEEKS OUTCOME OF GLEDHILL DONATION
Rubbo in hospital, had an operation on Monday and son (Sydney) is currently here. Rubbo Anxious to know outcome of donation of Gledhill potrait. Rubbo is recovering,
“to be kept quiet, without visitors, but is remarkably well and cheerful you will be pleased to know.” (Ellis, 1946, p1)

Acc no: D1121
DATE: 17/10/1947
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: DONATION OF ARTWORKS TO MANLY ART GALLERY.
Letter from Rubbo apologising for absence from dinner party due to illness. The dinner party of Mr P.S Garling, donor to Manly Art Gallery. Interesting reference to copies of old masters including Rubens that Garling donated or intended to donate to the gallery.
Rubbo states in the letter,
“No doubt he has been a very generous sympathiser, by his valuable gifts, even if the old masters mentioned in your letter, are copies of them- My remarks are based on one of the pictures you mentioned “Christ and his disciples at Emmaus” by Rubens- this work is on show at the Museum Del Prado in Madrid  - and it would be liable to call it original as I have not seen the work…” (Rubbo, 1947, p1)
Rubbo refers to another painting by Carraci (a copy) that he
‘cannot say much until I can see them- but I have a strong feeling to be the same as Rubens-“ (Rubbo, 1947, p1)
Rubbo mentions a ‘potboiler painter’ who painted watercolours thirty years before and the need to know as much about Manly’s collection for future generations.
Rubbo also re-iterates the importance of an extension to accommodate the expanding collection. Quoted from the letter;

“There is a name which I am well acquainted with –Mr Henry Tebbit, a pot boiler painter in watercolours, engaged in contract work with a German dealer here, Mr Aldenhouen (spelling unclear) some thirty years ago- He spoiled the future of this man by making him painting(sic) landscapes from photos- and then sold them as masterpieces –in WaterColours. Poor Tebbit- finished on a pig’s farm for quarrelling with this dealer who was exploiting him- I hope that the gifted work is the best of this artist-
I mentioned these facts known to me- in the interest of the gallery, so as to know as much as possible the history of our collection for the future generation-(sic)
We need extension of our walls-which in its short existence of the Gallery, are already overcrowded, while our safe, I hope, will in the future, needs to be enlarged in the same ratio-“ (Rubbo, 1947, p1)


Acc no: D1122
DATE: 8/01/1948
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: Rubbo writes to Marriner having visited the gallery and seen the ‘Rubens’ works on exhibit. He stated
“…I was very disappointed at Rubens which I consider is a very bad copy of its original- Even the technique does not show the method of this great Master-as for others, some are in the same way (unknown word) four exceptions and the entirely (sic) collection there is not one to be thought as original…” (Rubbo, 1948, p1)
Rubbo writes about the further donation of his own artworks to the Manly Art Gallery. Rubbo’s intention to ‘have my best works in the Gallery collection, and monetary contribution by means of sale of minor pictures.” (Rubbo, 1948, p1)
Rubbo requests that this proposition can be forwarded to the Municipal Council for approval.


Acc no: D1123
DATE: 16/01/1948
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: RUBBO WORKS IN MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION
Letter from Rubbo to Marriner, referring to visit yesterday (15 January 1948) from old female student (name unknown) enquiring about works of Rubbo’s withdrawn from Manly Art Gallery. Lady enquired about work titled “Rough Road” wishing to buy for 8 Guineas (Rubbo sought 10 Guineas, but accepted offer).
With letter, Rubbo enclosed cheque for the Art Gallery funds. (No evidence of cheque remains with records here-ed).  Rubbo requests that Marriner send the female buyer a copy of the ‘Catalogue’. Rubbo has not ‘start (sic) my enquiry for a future Exhibition of works, as I am not ready yet for the selection of works saleable to make the show a successful issue-“ (Rubbo, 1948, p1)

Acc no: D1124
DATE: Unknown
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: DELIVERY OF ARTWORK, ‘THE POET PAUL GRANO’.
Letter from Rubbo to Marriner detailing information of arrival of painting “The Poet Paul Grano” from Brisbane for delivery to Manly Municipal council. Rubbo details calling to Macquarie gallery, Bligh Street Sydney to enquire about an exhibition (of Rubbo’s works- unclear (edior's note), but disappointed booked up a year in advance. Macquarie gallery trying to shuffle exhibitions and Rubbo will let Marriner know the outcome. Rubbo also refers to the portrait of Mark Owen by Mr. Slade. (Context unknown)

Acc no: D1125
DATE: Unknown
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Trennery, Vice Chairman, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: MANLY ART GALLERY SELECTION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS
Letter from Rubbo to Trennery expressing sincere thanks for recent approval of exchange of Rubbo works in the collection. Rubbo intends to host another exhibition for sale of works to benefit gallery funds. Rubbo mentions that no promise has been made from Macquarie Gallery for exhibition except in August (1948 or 49- unclear)

Acc no: D1126
DATE: 14/03/1949
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: Letter from Rubbo to Marriner, having been unwell, has not seen the current exhibition on display at Macquarie Gallery. Rubbo advises Marriner to speak with Macquarie Gallery manager Miss Treania Smith,
“to fix up financial matters and (word illegible-editor's note). to withdraw the pictures unsold- I am telling you that I am having an exhibition in Brisbane, early in April next, and I would like to include in the collection, if not sold, No 2, No 5 and 25 of the catalogue, to be for sale on your behalf. “ (Rubbo, 1949, p1)
Rubbo needs confirmation from Marriner if he agrees to allow the unsold works to go to Brisbane and for potential sale for benefit of gallery. Rubbo affirms that this is for the benefit of the Manly Art Gallery and not personal gain.
“It is to be understood that my suggestion is not made for personal interest, but purely to help the fund.” (Rubbo, 1949, p1)

Acc no: D1127
DATE: 30/11/1949
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: CONDITION OF ARTWORKS IN MANLY ART GALLERY COLLECTION
Letter from Rubbo to Marriner expressing concern about the return of artworks to the gallery will take more time due to the discovery of mildew on two of the paintings (specific works unknown). Rubbo is concerned about the outbreak, due to damp of humidity and suggests treatment with linseed or poppy seed oil to remove. Rubbo continues that the mildew could return in a worse form as the oil will grow rancid and encourage new growths to break out.
“I am glad to have discovered it in time and capable of doing the work myself, which I could never be successful, if I had not the photographs of the pictures.”
(Rubbo, 1949, p1)
Rubbo needs time to treat these and repaint the works and wonders if the walls are damp (of his home in Mosman?- Editor’s note). He recommends a regular inspection of the works (every 8-10 years) by an expert ‘from the National Art Gallery”. Rubbo will advise when works are ready.

Acc no: D1128
DATE: 18/08/1950
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO
-RUBBO private address Mosman, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Herbert R Marriner, Hon Secretary, Manly Art & Historical Committee, Woodland Street Balgowlah/Manly
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.     
CONTENT: RE: EXHIBITION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS AT DAVID JONES GALLERY, SYDNEY
Letter from Rubbo to Mariner, advising of exhibition in September (1950?) at David Jones Art Gallery in Sydney “an historical exhibition of many years of art in Australia’.
“The collection is to be organised by Mr Lloyd Rees-of the Society of Artists- I have been asked to contributed (sic) two pictures, a figure and a landscape of small dimensions- Unfortunately, I have nothing at present to show, and I would kindly ask you and Committee to be allowed a loan of two pictures from the Manly Art Gallery. No 40 Cat. “Se Froid” and a small landscape to be selected when I call there….” (Rubbo, 1959, p1)

DATES: 1951 - 1956

Acc no: D1129
DATE: 02/01/1951
AUTHOR: G. Maselli, Labour Attache, Legazione D’Italia in Australia. 45 Ocean Avenue, Double Bay NSW: Telefoni FB 3639, FB 3689
ADDRESSEE: The Director, Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
ORIGIN: Double Bay, Sydney.
CONTENT: LOAN OF WORKS TO ITALIAN EXHIBITION IN NAPLES.
Letter from G Masselli to Manly Art Gallery Director, following recent conversation with Rubbo regarding outline of organising “Prima Mostra Triennale del lavoro Italiano new Mondo” –First Triennial Exhibition of Italian Labour in the World.” Exhibition is scheduled from 15 May to 15 September 1952 in Naples, Italy. Being organised by the “Ente Autonomo Mostra d’Oltremare’ under auspices of Italian government, exhibition aims to show scope of Italians working abroad who have migrated and settled. Exhibition comprises 18 pavilions throughout Naples and includes an Australian and New Zealand and Pacific Island pavilion.
“A section of the Australian Pavilion will be dedicated to Italian artists in Australia and their pupils. As, according to Mr Dattilo Rubbo, it appears that the Manly Art Gallery would be willing to kindly lend a certain number of work to the Exhibition, I wish to inform you that the Italian Legation would assume every responsibility for the packing and transport of the works of art in respect to their forwarding and return.”(Dr G Maselli, 1951, p1)

Acc no: D1130
DATE: 13/01/1953
AUTHOR: The Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade, Manly NSW
ADDRESSEE: N Simone, Consul General of Italy, Daking House, Rawson Place, Sydney. GPO Box 3675, Telef: MA 2106. Ind Tel. ItalConsul-Sydney. In reply please quote: B29/1
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RE: EXHIBITION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS IN ITALY
Dr Simone, asking for confirmation of whereabouts of artworks lent to the Italian exhibition, “Prima Mostra Triennale del lavoro Italiano new Mondo”  so he can advise the committee.

Acc no: D1131
DATE: 19/01/1953
AUTHOR: N Simone, Consul General of Italy, Daking House, Rawson Place, Sydney. GPO Box 3675, Telef: MA 2106. Ind Tel. ItalConsul-Sydney. In reply please quote: B29/1o
ADDRESSEE: The Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade, Manly NSW
ORIGIN: Rawson place, Sydney.
CONTENT: EXHIBITION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS IN ITALY
Letter from Consul General, N Simone to Marriner indicating that he has written to president of exhibition in Italy, forwarding copy of Marriner’s letter (content of that letter unknown). He will advise as soon as a response is made and apologises for the delay.
NOTE: content unknown but given the fact it is four months after the closure of the Italian exhibition in Naples, it is suggested delay is return of works in the exhibition lent by Manly Art Gallery.

Accession NO: D1158
DATE: 23/03/1953
AUTHOR: ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO
, address not outlined
ADDRESSEE: Mr Twigden, Hon Secretary Manly Art Gallery
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: Re: REQUEST TO SOCIETY OF ARTISTS, SILVER MEDAL AWARD
Rubbo considers wise to delay request and mentions ‘antagonism’ of Society of Artists ‘towards (Rubbo’s) suggestion of recognising the efforts of the Manly Council in favouring art” (Rubbo, 1953, p1). Rubbo notes that the catalogue and publications of the Manly Art Gallery committees show that members are from the Royal Art Society and not one member is from the Society of Artists, which may indicate the cause of the ‘antagonism’ Rubbo refers to. Rubbo states;
“I never thought or enter (sic) my mind such situations, which as simple and un intentially is created, may be the cause of snubbing our Institution.
Having the President of  the Royal Art Society as Vice Patron and not the President of the Society of Artists- it may be felt a snobby (sic) in our side towards the Society of Artists- that “Presidency”  may be the cause of the indifference displayed - I cannot suggest anything on such delicate situation-but, I do know the feeling of members of the Society of Artists-towards members of the Royal Art Society! Even myself I am not much trusted in the Society only because I was member of the Royal Art Society for over 25 years-“

Acc no: D1132
DATE: 26/05/1953
AUTHOR: N Simone, Consul General of Italy, Daking House, Rawson Place, Sydney. GPO Box 3675, Telef: MA 2106. Ind Tel. ItalConsul-Sydney. Ref: B-29/1
ADDRESSEE: The Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade, Manly NSW
ORIGIN: Rawson place, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE: EXHIBITION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS IN ITALY
Letter to Marriner advising that the President of the ‘Mostra Oltemare e del lavoro Italiano nel Mondo’ Prof Eng Luigi Tochetti, has requested Rubbo artworks to be held longer as “it has been decided to re-open an exhibition of Asian, African and Australian exhibits, the Art works of Maestro Dattilo Rubbo and those of the Manly Art Gallery, which were sent to the Naples exhibition would like to be kept for this purpose.” (Simone, 1953, p1)

Acc no: D1133
DATE: 16/06/1953
AUTHOR: The Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery, West Esplanade, Manly NSW
ADDRESSEE: N Simone, Consul General of Italy, Daking House, Rawson Place, Sydney. GPO Box 3675, Telef: MA 2106. Ind Tel. ItalConsul-Sydney.
ORIGIN: Rawson place, Sydney.
CONTENT: EXHIBITION OF RUBBO ARTWORKS IN ITALY
 Letter to Consul General of Italy, Simone, that Manly Art Gallery Committee as approves of the artworks remaining on exhibition in Naples, as long as insurance is covered by the borrowers.

Acc no: D1163
DATE: 31/07/1953
AUTHOR:
ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman
ADDRESSEE: Mr Twigden, Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RUBBO DECLINES INVITATION TO ART COMPETITION
Rubbo received letter from Twigden dated 28 July 1953 and states that he has no intention to enter art competition (Editor’s Note: context unknown)

Acc no: D1164
DATE: 07/09/1953
AUTHOR:
ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman
ADDRESSEE: Mr Twigden, Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney.
CONTENT: RE COLLECTION OF RUBBO ARTWORK IN SOCIETY OF ARTISTS EXHIBITION
Rubbo informs twigden, he is unable to collection artwork from exhibition at Society of Artists at specified time. Rubbo asks Twigden to collect portrait before noon on Tuesday (date unknown). Rubbo notes that Sunday 13 (October?) would be ideal to collect ‘cover canvas’ , Rubbo is unsure if this date is ideal as
“owing to the two kids of my son from Melbourne who like to spend the day with me-likely at their Grandpa or Grandmother (sic) place at Lane Cove.” (Rubbo, 1953, p1)
NB: Rubbo has written date of letter as 1935, however in blue pen and circled is date 1953.

Acc no: D1134
DATE: 22/06/1954
AUTHOR: c/o Watson and Crane Pty Ltd, 375 Pitt street, Sydney NSW
ADDRESSEE: Mr Roger Star, 15 Ellery Parade, Seaforth NSW
ORIGIN: Pitt Street Sydney
CONTENT:
LETTER TO ROGER STAR, REGARDING RUBBO’S RELUCTANCE TO PURSUE ‘NOMINATION’ (CONTEXT UNKNOWN).
Henry (identity unknown-editor's note) remarks that the art works loaned for the Italian exhibition have been returned and are ready for collection from Rubbo’s residence. In handwriting at bottom of letter, author notes that ‘the four of us (identities unknown) should “visit him the first suitable Sunday pm”. (Rubbo, 1954, p1)

Acc no: D1135
DATE: 25/06/1954
AUTHOR: Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: LETTER FROM RUBBO ANNOUNCING THE RETURN OF THE 12 ARTWORKS LENT TO THE ITALIAN EXHIBITION.
The works lent and returned were named as such on a list accompanying the letter. Accompanying the list is another note- PS from Rubbo announcing that a painting of Mr Townsend (a member of the committee, will withdraw it at the next committee meeting). In the formal letter, Rubbo asks to have the work ‘In the Bathroom’ shown in the collection in the gallery instead of in Town Hall. Rubbo asserts that this is a different work to the ‘old types’.
1. In the bathroom
2. A Bushman
3. His Pet
4. ‘Le Froid’
5. Australian Aboriginal
6. Our Daily Help
7. Upper Burragorang
8. The Broke Rock
9. Glimpse of the Hunter River
10. Australian Bush
11. Rennie Minnie (Grandmother Aboriginal)
12. Recollections


Acc no: D1136
DATE: 14/08/1954
AUTHOR: Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: The Committee, Manly Art Gallery
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: A LETTER FROM RUBBO TO MANLY ART GALLERY COMMITTEE REGARDING RUBBO ADDING ADDITIONAL ARTWORKS TO THE GALLERY COLLECTION.  LETTER ALSO INCLUDES A LIST OF WORKS DONATED.
“Some valuable works by Australian artists - and a rare bust of which I was able to obtain a copy of it from Italy- It was discovered in the excavations near Naples in the year 1840-..”(Rubbo, 1954, p1)

Accession number: D1136
Additional note with list of works donated by Rubbo to Manly Art Gallery.
(Quoted directly from letter).
(41? written in blue pen) 1.Bust reproduction of the Roman-Greek School-founded during excavations near Naples in the year 1840. (Now at National Art School Chapel, Sydney- Editor’s Note).
(99) 2. Watercolour painted on canvas by the late W. Lister-Lister
(199) 3.Sketh (sic) of the Mediterranean Coast by the late Phillips Fox.
(197) 4. Sketh (sic) by Janna Bruce, exhibited some time ago at the Society of Artists, well commentated by the local press.
(196) 5. Oil Painting of the Church “Notre Dame” in Paris- painted by Will Ashton
(47?) 6. Etching “Turkey” by Lionel Lindsay
(198) 7. Brush Creek Mountain Rd- Etching by the late Friedensen- who lived for a few years in Australia.-
(200) 8. “The Seine (Paris) painted in 1913-by the late Penleigh Boyd
A. Dattilo-Rubbo.
Editor’s Note: Letter has been written in areas with Blue pen next to original numbers written by Rubbo and “Brush Creek” has been scribbled out for reasons unknown.

Acc no: D1137
DATE: 20/08/1954
AUTHOR: Roger H Star, Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery & Museum (initials in signature MOS)
ADDRESSEE: Cav A Dattilo-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: LETTER OF THANKS FROM MANLY ART GALLERY TO RUBBO, THANKING FOR DONATION OF SEVEN ARTWORKS AND BUST AS OUTLINED IN LETTER D1136
 Letter from Hon Secretary of Manly Art Gallery regarding last gallery committee meeting on 16 August 1954. Members of committee viewed seven artworks by Australian artists and a bust in cast. Letter conveys
“deepest appreciation of your most generous gesture in donating such fine works to the Gallery and we are very happy to have them.  This Gallery is undoubtedly deeply indebted to you and I merely echo the thoughts expressed at our last meeting when I say that your unflagging interest and generosity since its inception have been a major factor in the progress and present status of the Manly Art Gallery.
The written word is always a rather inadequate vehicle for expression of emotions so I know you will understand what lies behind our simple “Thank You.”
Yours Sincerely
MOS
Hon Secretary” (Rubbo, 1954, p1)

Acc no: D1138
DATE: 21/08/1954
AUTHOR: Roger H Star, Hon Secretary, Manly Art Gallery & Museum ADDRESSEE: Cav A Dattilo
-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
CONTENT: LETTER OF THANKS FROM MANLY ART GALLERY TO RUBBO, OUTLINING A FORMAL LETTER OF THANKS WILL BE SENT FROM THE GALLERY COMMITTEE’S HONORARY LEGAL ADVISOR.
 Letter from Hon Secretary of Manly Art Gallery regarding last gallery committee meeting on 16 August 1954. Hon Secretary refers by name to committee members Mr Slade and Mr Twigden and content of meeting, whereby Rubbo proposed “Disposition of certain of your assets in what we hope will be the distant future.”
(Editor’s note: Evidence that Rubbo is planning the allocation of his works and partial parts of his estate to the gallery).
Letter again expresses sincere thanks to Rubbo for his dedication and consideration of the gallery and generous donations to the collection. The Honorary Secretary expresses that a formal expression of thanks to Rubbo will be sent in writing from the Art Gallery Committee’s Honorary Solicitor, Mr J Foord Hughes which Rubbo could hand to own legal adviser (sic). This will be sent to Rubbo as soon as Hon Secretary has received from Mr Foord Hughes.

Acc no: D1139 (part one) DRAFT
DATE: 23/08/1954 (handwritten in blue pen)
AUTHOR: Unknown, signature at bottom of letter, no letterhead at top.
ADDRESSEE: Cav A Dattilo
-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW (Cavalier has been mis-spelt and corrected in blue pen).
ORIGIN: Unknown (Sydney)?
Note: Letter has draft typed at top, crossed out in blue pen
Content: Draft letter Manly Art Gallery Committee (name unclear, signed in blue pen) outlining the intentions of Rubbo, as agreed upon at Manly Art Gallery Committee meeting 16 August regarding bequest and donation of Rubbo’s artworks to Manly Art Gallery. Due to the significance of the letter, it is quoted in full.
“Dear Cavilier (i corrected to spell Cavalier),
I have been directed by the Committee of the Manly Art Gallery & Historical Collection to convey to you the deep appreciation of the Committee of your intention as expressed in your recent interviews with Mr Twigden and myself and with Mr Hermon Slade to make further most generous gifts to the Gallery which I understand may be summarised as follows:

1) That you will make a gift to the gallery of the whole of the pictures now in your possession (excepting those pictures specifically mentioned by you)
2) That out of the aggregate Collection which the Gallery will then hold the Committee is to select those pictures which it is desired to retain permanently and then arrange for the sale, by private sale, of any which the Committee may not desire to retain permanently.
3) That you propose to make provision in your Will to bequeath to the Gallery an amount which you will determine which is to be held for investment to provide income to be used for the purpose of picture restoration.

The committee will be very pleased to accept with most grateful thanks the gifts which you so generously propose to make.
It would appear that it would be advisable to refer the matter to your legal adviser (sic) and if you will let me know your wishes, arrangements will be made to have the matter discussed on this basis or in any way you may desire.
Yours Faithfully
NOTE: Signature unclear

Acc no: D1139 (part two)
DATE: 23/08/1954 (handwritten in blue pen)
AUTHOR: Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery, name MOS? Unclear
ADDRESSEE: Cav A Dattilo
-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW (Cavaliere has been mis-spelt and corrected in blue pen).
ORIGIN: Unknown (Sydney)?
Content: Draft letter Manly Art Gallery Committee (name unclear, signed in blue pen) outlining the intentions of Rubbo, as agreed upon at Manly Art Gallery Committee meeting 16 August regarding bequest and donation of Rubbo’s artworks to Manly Art Gallery. Due to the significance of the letter, it is quoted in full.

“Dear Cavalier,
I have been directed by the Committee of the Manly Art Gallery & Historical Collection to convey to you the deep appreciation of the Committee of your intention as expressed in your recent interviews with Mr Twigden and myself and with Mr Hermon Slade to make further most generous gifts to the Gallery which I understand may be summarised as follows:

4) That you will make a gift to the gallery of the whole of the pictures now in your possession (excepting those pictures specifically mentioned by you)
5) That out of the aggregate Collection which the Gallery will then hold the Committee is to select those pictures which it is desired to retain permanently and then arrange for the sale, by private sale, of any which the Committee may not desire to retain permanently.
6) That you propose to make provision in your Will to bequeath to the Gallery an amount which you will determine which is to be held for investment to provide income to be used for the purpose of picture restoration.

The committee will be very pleased to accept with most grateful thanks the gifts which you so generously propose to make.

It would appear that it would be advisable to refer the matter to your legal adviser (sic) and if you will let me know your wishes, arrangements will be made to have the matter discussed on this basis or in any way you may desire.
Yours Faithfully
NOTE: Signature unclear (Possible Roger Star - Editor’s Note)

Acc no: D1140
DATE: 14/10/1954 (handwritten in blue pen at top of letter- 133 Pitt Street, 3rd Floor)
AUTHOR: Cav A Dattilo
-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW (Cavalier has been mis-spelt and corrected in blue pen).
ADDRESSEE: Mr Roger Star
ORIGIN: Mosman (Sydney)
Note: Letter has draft typed at top, crossed out in blue pen
CONTENT: LETTER FROM RUBBO TO MR STAR REGARDING SPECIFICATIONS OF RUBBO’S WILL AND PROPOSED BEQUEST TO MANLY ART GALLERY.
Due to significance of the letter it is quoted in its entirety.

“Dear Mr Star,
From Mr Oxlade, solicitor, I have been told that, some conditions in my last Will cannot be carried out without heavy expenses for probate-The main objection
Is that my old donation of paintings, cannot be held together with the new ones, possessed at my Death, donated to the Gallery for a final selection by a Committee as a permanent one worthy to the Gallery, and to myself-This selection Committee shall be formed by a representative of The Society of Artists and Royal Art Society together with the Gallery’s Committee-
My wishes are that any paintings not favourable accepted shall be disposed by an Exhibition sale and the cash derived to be add (sic) to a fund stated in the Will for the purpose indicated by it- Mr Oxlade advice is, that the old donation, would be better done by a letter to the Manly Gallery expressing my last wish, for a final selection made by the abovementioned Committee-
I would be pleased to have this matter discussed with Mr’s Slade and Twigden and have their opinions about it - Thanking You - Yours Sincerely
A. Dattilo-Rubbo” (Rubbo, 1954, p1)

ACC NUMBER: D1141
DATE: 29/10/1954
AUTHOR: Mr Slade, Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery & Historical Collection
ADDRESSEE: Cav A Dattilo Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW ORIGIN: Unknown (Sydney)?
CONTENT: LETTER FROM SLADE TO RUBBO THANKING FOR LETTER OF 14 OCTOBER 1954.
Letter has been forwarded to Manly Art Gallery Committee Honorary Solicitor, Mr J Foord Hughes who has been in contact with Rubbo’s legal advisor, Mr Oxlade regarding Rubbo’s intentions in Will.

Accession NO: D1151
DATE: 24/07/ year unknown
AUTHOR: Antonio Dattilo
-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman
ADDRESSEE: Mr Marriner, Hon Secretary
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: RUBBO INABILITY TO ATTEND MANLY ART GALLERY COMMITTEE MEETING
Rubbo refers to visiting Mayor of Manly on Saturday, looking at office and potential of placing artworks in the room. Rubbo has another three works to enter into the Manly Art Gallery collection. Rubbo had hoped to deliver them by now, but the works are currently in Bendigo, sent three months prior, Rubbo expects them at any time.
“ and I shall not stop increasing the collection until (sic) the number of 100 has been reached-then, I shall have my donation completed.”(Rubbo, date unknown, p2)

ACC NUMBER: D1142
DATE: 03/11/1954
AUTHOR: Cav A Dattilo
-Rubbo, 45 Prince Albert Street, Mosman NSW
ADDRESSEE: RH Starr, Esq, The Honorary Secretary, Manly Art Gallery, 15 Ellery Parade Seaforth NSW
ORIGIN: Mosman, Sydney
Note: The last letter from Rubbo in the archive collection. As a letter of significance it is quoted in its entirety.
CONTENT: RE: RUBBO WILL

“Dear Mr Star,

Following my recent interviews with Mr. Twigden, Mr Herman Slade and yourself, and in your letter to me of the 23rd August last, I am now in a position to say that I have consulted my Solicitors, and they are preparing a new will for me. As the founder of the Manly Art Gallery, you and your Committee will appreciate the fact that I have always kept the welfare of the Art Gallery prominently before me, and I trust that that suggestions I am about to make in this letter will be given careful consideration by your Committee, and, if possible, carried out.

By my Will, after making provision for a self portrait, a portrait of my wife and family sketches, and eighteen pictures to be taken from my collection of pictures painted by me, I direct the remainder of the said collection of pictures to be disposed of in the following manner-by my Trustees appointing an Artist from the Society of Artists and an Artist from the Royal Art Society and Miss F.D Ellis, together with all the Artists who are members of the Committee of the Manly Art Gallery, a Selection Committee which is to sit under the chairmanship of the Mayor of Manly, who is to have a casting vote only.
Such Selection Committee shall make a selection from the remaining pictures of the pictures they consider suitable for the Manly Art Gallery, and the pictures then remaining shall be offered for sale at an Exhibition to be arranged at  some local Art Gallery chosen by such Selection Committee, and the net amount received for the sale of such pictures shall go to the Manly Art Gallery in augmentation of a legacy which I am giving under my Will. I have also provided that any person who owns one of my  for a picture in the said Exhibition, and, if at the end of such Exhibition such picture has not been sold, then the Selection Committee shall, without making any charge for such picture, make the exchange. I then go on to say that, within one week after the said Exhibition has closed, all pictures not sold, and all earlier pictures receive in exchange for the pictures exhibited in the Exhibition, shall be destroyed by fire. It is my desire that the Manly Art Gallery shall only keep permanently in the Gallery such of my pictures that the Selection Committee considers best. I would like the Committee of the Manly Art Gallery, when the aforesaid selection is made by the Selection Committee, to get the Selection Committee to cull from the pictures which were painted by me, and are already owned by the Art Gallery, such pictures as it considers not desirable to retain permanently. I then suggest that the Committee of the Manly Art Gallery sell either privately or at the Exhibition the pictures mentioned earlier in this paragraph which the Committee does not desire to retain permanently in the Gallery.
The legacy which I am giving I feel should be used to create a Fund for the restoration and maintenance of the pictures in the Art Gallery. I now suggest to the Committee that they create such a Fund and that the legacy and money received from the sale of the pictures be placed to the credit of such a Fund, and the Fund be invested to the best advantage. Any income not used in any year for restoration and maintenance should be accumulated until such accumulation reaches the sum of £100.0.0d., when the Committee should purchase any suitable picture or pictures for the Art Gallery, preference being given to a picture or pictures painted by an Australian Artist or Artists.
I wish all success and a great future to the Manly Art Gallery as an accredited and well recognised Art Institution in Australia.
Yours Sincerely
A. Dattilo-Rubbo
P.S. As I have appointed the Mayor of Manly to be Chairman of the Selection Committee named herein, I am forwarding a copy of this letter to the Town Clerk of Manly so that the same may be kept in custody by them.
A.D.R”
(Rubbo, 1954, pp1-2)

EDITOR’S NOTE:
The following letters were written following the passing of Dattilo Rubbo and discuss the details of Rubbo’s Estate and Bequest to Manly Art Gallery.

Accession NO: D1144
DATE: 10/08/1956
AUTHOR:
Unknown, possibly Honorary Secretary or Hon Treasurer of Manly Art Gallery
ADDRESSEE: Mr Harry Timbs, 40 Gordon Street, Balgowlah
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: ESTATE OF THE LATE ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO, BEQUEST TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Letter states, cheque for £500 is enclosed with letter. Author states that Joe Hughes can advise if special account needs to be opened. Suggests a special account in Gallery Ledger in name of Estate be established and head it with terms of Bequest. Requests an official receipt so response can be made to solicitors Gill, Oxlade and Broad. Author also asks, on behalf of Mayor of Manly, that representatives of Manly Art Gallery attend Naturalization Ceremony scheduled for Monday 14 August? 1956 at Manly Town Hall at 830pm.

Accession NO: D1145
DATE: 10/08/1956
AUTHOR:
Unknown, possibly Honorary Secretary or Hon Treasurer of Manly Art Gallery
ADDRESSEE: Mr Joe Foord Hughes, 32 Clifford Avenue, Manly
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: ESTATE OF THE LATE ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO, BEQUEST TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Letter stating enclosed with it is letter from Oxlade & Broad Solicitors covering cheque for £500. Author requests Hughes to advise next Gallery committee meeting of final ‘disposal of payment’. Author also wishes Mrs Hughes good health.

Accession NO: D1146
DATE: 10/08/1956
AUTHOR:
Unknown, possibly Honorary Secretary or Hon Treasurer of Manly Art Gallery
ADDRESSEE: Mr Roger Star, Esq, c/- Dava Hotel, Mornington Rural, Vic
ORIGIN: Sydney
CONTENT: ESTATE OF THE LATE ANTONIO DATTILO-RUBBO, BEQUEST TO MANLY ART GALLERY
Letter thanking Roger Star for letter of 7th August 1956. Letter addresses three areas;
Rubbo Estate: Settlement of Estate “Is very pleasing’, cheque is being passed over to Harry Timbs, to open special account in Gallery Ledger, as previously requested.
Mrs Stanley: Regarding potential offer of frames to Manly Art Gallery from Mrs Stanley. Author will have a look at the frames being offered.
Naturalization Ceremony: Arrangements made for Gallery representation.




 
                       
                             
                                         



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