The Daniel Gift came to the Albury Regional Art Gallery through the good offices of John Flood Nagle, a longtime friend and former university colleague of Howard Daniel.
Born in 1912, Howard Daniel was educated at Melbourne Grammar, Kings School Sydney and Sydney University (Arts Law). While at Sydney University he edited a literary magazine, Hermes.
In the late 1930s Daniel left his Sydney legal practice and travelled to Europe, where he completed a degree in medicine and arts at a time of increasing international tension. He became involved in the Spanish Civil War and in helping refugees to escape from Nazi Germany. One of them was Judith Wolff, who became his wife.
After World War II, Daniel worked with the Australian Purchasing Commission in the United States and subsequently joined the United Nations Economic Commission. This work took him all over the world until his retirement from the United Nations in 1977.
Daniel was an avid and eclectic collector with a discerning eye. His gift to the gallery comprises more than 250 prints and objects. It includes prints by 17th century French artist Jacques Callot and Renaissance German artists Lucas Cranach and Hans Baldung; the Los Caprichos etchings by Francisco Goya; and 19th century prints by Chagall, Dufy, Manet, Signac and Renoir. Other artefacts include Tang dynasty ceramics and Tibetan gilt bronze sculptures.
With the gift came an extensive library of approximately 160 books. These include Daniel's own published works and many by his close friend John Berger. A rare self-portrait drawing by John Berger is in the collection.