Nagel Bequest and Justice J.F. Nagel
John Flood Nagle belongs to a family which has had a long connection with the Albury region. His great grandfather practised law in Dublin and both his grandfather and his father before him practised law in Albury. After attending school in Albury and later the University of Sydney at the early age of 15, he graduated in Arts in 1932 and Law in 1936.
In 1960 he was appointed to the Bench of the Supreme Court and in 1979 he was appointed Chief Judge at Common Law.
Nagle was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1960 and was the board's chair between 1979 and 1983. He was patron of the Albury-Wodonga Regional Art Foundation for many years and was instrumental in helping Albury Regional Art Gallery acquire significant works by his close friend Russell Drysdale. It was through Nagel's encouragement that friend, Howard Daniel, gifted his significant collection to Albury.
Nagel's commitment to the Albury region's artistic aspiration was always evident and with his passing, he chose to leave part of his private collection of artworks to MAMA to compliment the public collection that he so ardently supported.
Artists represented in the Nagel Bequest include Russell Drysdale, John Coburn, Donald Friend, Margaret Olley, Lloyd Rees, James Gleeson, Rupert Bunny, Wassily Kandinsky and Jacques Callot.