Vale Joan McClelland

We pay tribute to the much admired art world figure Joan McClelland who passed away at the age of 104. Joan was at the helm of the successful Joshua McClelland Print Room for over 70 years, taking over from her husband in the 1950s. She was a well-liked person known for her fairness and professionalism. She inspired confidence in her clients with her understated manner and was a regular at auctions and galleries in Melbourne. Her understanding and knowledge, especially of printmaking was most highly regarded. It was a pleasure to have known Joan and to have been able to work with her. The Joshua McClelland Print Room continues to be a vibrant part of the Melbourne art scene under the management of Joan’s daughter Patricia, now at the new location at Rathdowne Galleries Carlton, run by her second daughter Philippa.