This issue of the Art Bulletin of Victoria 1969–70 encompasses essays that examine works from a variety of areas across the NGV’s collection and galleries across Victoria:

Leonard B. Cox explains the responsibilities and powers of the Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria in ‘The machinery of the Gallery II, its Trustees and their dilemma’; Peter Connor presents a portrait of Septimius Severus; Nicholas Draffin summarises the life of Francis Seymour Haden as a surgeon, collector and etcher; David Brooke discusses An interesting story and other works by James Tissot; Colette Reddin writes of her impressions as a voluntary guide at the new National Gallery and Arts Centre; Kenneth Hood reviews the Gallery’s recent purchases and presentations; and R. R. McNicoll updates the ‘News from the National Gallery Society’.

We are also pleased to include several articles on recent acquisitions to galleries across Victoria: William Ritchie writes of the latest addition to the Lindsay collection at the Ballarat Art Gallery, Percy Lindsay’s Creswick; Beth Sinclair discusses Tail-end of a great south-westerly storm by John Peter Russell, now in the Castlemaine Art Gallery; John S. Ashworth remarks on some continental porcelain acquired by the City of Hamilton Art Gallery; and Thomas G. McCullough analyses Mildura Art Centre’s recently acquired Phoenix II sculpture by Mike Kitching.

We trust you will enjoy the articles and appreciate the breadth and depth of the contributors’ research and scholarship in this edition.