Colour photograph of Exhibition Trustee Chairman Linton Lethlean presenting former Exhibition Trustee Director John Elden with a watercolour painting of the French Fountain by Gerrard Lants at the 'At Home' celebration for Christian and outgoing Exhibition Trustees Director John Elden held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on the evening of 18 May 1985.

Gerrard Lants depicted several scenes of the Royal Exhibition Buildings, at least one of which was exhibited at the Centenary Art Exhibition held in 1980. It was subsequently purchased by the Exhibition Trustees at the conclusion of the exhibition, and is now held in the collections of Museum Victoria.

This is one of 959 photographs (or images) of the Exhibition Building collated by the Exhibition Trustees as a 10 volume pictorial history of the Exhibition Building spanning the years 1880 to 1985. The pictorial history was instigated by the centenary of the Exhibition Building in 1980 and forms part of a larger Royal Exhibition Building collection of documents, photographs, objects and research files.

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Exhibition Trustees Chairman Linton Lethlean, his right hand holding the edge of the frame, presenting outgoing Exhibition Trustees Director John Elden with a watercolour painting by Gerrard Lants of the French Fountain in the eastern forecourt of the Royal Exhibition Building. The presentation was made at the 'At Home' to Ken Christian and Elden held in the Royal Exhibition Buildings on the evening of 18 May 1985.

Physical Description

A colour photographic print on a page of a photograph album. There is a printed caption below the photograph.


The ten Exhibition Trustees' albums provide an invaluable visual record of past use, history, maintenance and restoration work of the Royal Exhibition Buildings prior to the building being recognised with a World Heritage Listing in 2004.

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