This issue of the Art Bulletin of Victoria 1973/74 encompasses essays that discuss works from a variety of areas across the NGV’s collection:

Margaret Manion examines ‘things both new and old’ in the NGV’s Flemish triptych; Jaynie Anderson reconsiders the subject of a drawing by Giambattista Tiepolo, St. Prosdocimus baptizing Santa Giustina; William Culican studies the Gallery’s recent acquisitions from Egypt and Syria, including a funerary bust, painted mummy portrait and gold jewellery; Margaret Plant discusses local Melbourne printmakers, among them Fred Williams, George Baldessin, Jock Clutterbuck and Alun Leach-Jones; Jennifer Phipps remarks on the importance of the G. Gordon Russell glass collection; and Bea Maddock introduces Decoy, a lithograph by Jasper Johns.

We are also pleased to include in our recent acquisitions a Chinese ewer, 4th–5th century A. D., and Chinese vase, early Northern Sung; an Indonesian Wayang Golek puppet; Sidney Nolan’s Burke and Wills at the Gulf; an embroidered English casket of the 17th century; two items of stoneware by Peter Rushforth; and Pablo Picasso’s Homme à la guitare pencil drawing, among others.

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