69 John St Fine Art Specialists's exhibition of Classic works on Paper. Australian Art Drawings. Works on Paper. Woodblocks. Watercolours. Thea Proctor, Ethleen Palmer. Margaret Preston. Ethel Spowers. Sydney Art Dealer. Australian Art Gallery

Classic Works on Paper

2 May - 22 May 2015

 

69 John Street

Leichhardt

NSW

2040

  

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Ethleen Palmer

Duck 1936

linocut

 

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ETHLEEN MARY PALMER (1906-58)

Ethleen Mary Palmer was one of the leading Australian linocut artists of the 20th century. 

 

Prior to her first exhibition of linocuts in 1933, Palmer had built a reputation as a commercial illustrator. Like her contemporaries, Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor, Palmer was influenced by the techniques used by Japanese woodblock artists.

 

The breakthrough of her career came when she developed a new technique which allowed for tonal graduation. Palmer was called 'the Australian Hokusai'.

 

Harold Herbert, critic for Argus, stated of an exhibition of Palmer's work in 1936 "Miss Palmer's sense of design is strong and her arrangement of colour excellent. Technically these prints are equal to anything done here.....Among the 33 prints on view, none are poor efforts." 

 

 

ETHLEEN PALMER (1906-58)

Duck 1936

linocut

9.8 x 12.4 cm

edition: 9/75

numbered, dated, titled and signed below image

artist's monogram in image

 

 

$2,600

 

 

 

ETHLEEN PALMER (1906-58)

Masked Finches 1936

linocut

10.1 x 10.9 cm

edition: 12/75

numbered, dated, titled and signed below image

artist's monogram in image

 

Exhibited

Ethleen Palmer, Printmaker of the 1930s: Colour Linocuts and Serigraphs 1933-1951, The Ward Gallery, Sydney, 29 April - 24 May 1980, cat.no.23 (illus. p.4, another example)

 

$2,600

 

ETHLEEN PALMER (1906-58)

Kookaburra 1936

linocut

19.5 x 22.5 cm

edition: 20/50

numbered, dated, titled and signed below image

artist's monogram in image

 

$3,600

 

ETHLEEN PALMER (1906-58)

Pouter Pigeons 1934

linocut

18.0 x 29.5 cm

dated, titled and signed below image

artist's mongram in image

 

Exhibited

Ethleen Palmer, Printmaker of the 1930s: Colour Linocuts and Serigraphs 1933-1951, The Ward Gallery, Sydney, 29 April - 24 May 1980, cat.no.7

 

$7,700

 

ETHLEEN PALMER (1906-58)

Pictorella 1937

linocut

image size: 10.4 x 12.0 cm

edition: 1/75

numbered, dated, titled and signed below image

 

Currently the only known impression.

 

$7,200

ETHLEEN PALMER (1906-58)

Hornbills 1937

linocut

28.0 x 35.5 cm

edition: 5/35

numbered, dated, titled and signed below image

artist's monogram in image

 

Exhibited

Ethleen Palmer, Printmaker of the 1930s: Colour Linocuts and Serigraphs 1933-1951, The Ward Gallery, Sydney, 29 April - 24 May 1980, cat.no.29 (illus. p.2, another example)

 

$3,300

DOROTHEA FOSTER (DORRIT) BLACK (1891-1951)

Untitled (Portrait Study) c1930 

pencil on paper

36.0 x 23.0 cm

 

$8,800

Related work: DORRIT BLACK, Not titled (Portrait Study) c1930, watercolour and pencil on paper, image size: 36.0 x 22.8 cm, signed with artist's initials lower right: DB., inscribed below image: Myra. I don't approve of your views on birth control. I was brought up differently.' National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, http://cs.nga.gov.au/Detail.cfm?IRN=90179

ETHEL LOUISE SPOWERS (1890-1947)

"The Enchanted Birds" 1927

watercolour and gouache on paper

24.5 x 32.0 cm

signed and dated lower left: E L Spowers - 1927

 

Provenance

Gift from the artist to Mrs Weatherley, Sydney

Thence by descent, private collection

 

Exhibited

(probably) Exhibition of Wood-cuts and Watercolours by Ethel Spowers, The New Gallery, Sydney, 2-13 August 1927

 

$18,000

MARGUERITE HENRIETTE MAHOOD (1901-89)

Cat and Goldish 

linocut

21.5 x 29.0 cm

artist's monogram lower right

 

Provenance

Martin Thomas Henry Mahood, Victoria

 

$2,700

 

 

JOYCE ALLEN (1916-92)

The Joggers 1972

linocut

32.0 x 45.0 cm

edition: 4/4 (second state)

numbered, titled, signed and dated below image

 

$900

MARGARET ROSE PRESTON (1875-1963)

Flowers in Jug c 1929

hand-coloured woodblock print on Japanese paper

image size: 28.0 x 20.4 cm

This hand-coloured woodblock print was an accompaniment to the Art in Australia publication: Margaret Preston: recent paintings 1929, edited by Sydney Ure Smith.

 

Reference

Butler, R., The Prints of Margaret Preston, A Catalogue Raisonne, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2005, no.137, p.153 (illus. another example)

 

$16,500

EILEEN ROSEMARY MAYO (1906-94)

Water Carrier 1937

linocut printed in colours blue, green and orange

paper size: 33.0 x 27.0 cm

image size: 30.0 x 22.7 cm

edition: 21/23

titled, numbered and signed in image

 

This rare linocut printed in colours was originally numbered as an edition of 30 and was later shortened to an edition of 23.

 

$8,800

ALETHEA MARY (Thea) PROCTOR (1879-1966)

The Fountain 1925

hand-coloured woodcut 

19.5 x 20.0 cm

signed and titled below image

 

Provenance

Gift from the artist to Dr. Lloyd Thompson

Private collection, Melbourne

 

Reference

Deutscher, C., Butler, R., Minchin, J., Thea Proctor: The Prints, Resolution Press, Sydney, 1980, p.52, pl.15 (illus. another example)

 

$16,000

ETHEL LOUISE SPOWERS (1890-1947)

The Bamboo Blind 1926

colour linocut on off-white oriental paper

15.5 x 15.0 cm

edition of 50

signed with artist's monogram in image upper right: ELS

signed, dated, titled and numbered below image

 

$14,500

MARGUERITE HENRIETTE MAHOOD (1901-89)

Inquisitiveness c1950

linocut

35.0 x 23.5 cm

signed and titled below image 

artist's monogram in image

 

Provenance

Martin Thomas Henry Mahood, Victoria

 

$3,600

 

ALETHEA MARY (Thea) PROCTOR (1879-1966)

Souvenirs (The Yellow Glove) c1927

hand-coloured woodcut

22.5 x 18.0 cm

edition: No. 6

signed with artist's monogram upper right

titled, numbered and signed below image

 

Reference

Art in Australia, September 1927, p.43

Deutscher, C., Butler, R., Minchin, J., Thea Proctor: The Prints, Resolution Press, Sydney, 1980, p.58, pl.18 (illus. another example)

 

$12,500

 

 

GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH (1892-1984)

The Revival of German Music 1920 1918

pencil and watercolour on paper

28.0 x 38.5 cm

signed with artist's initials lower centre: G.C.S.

inscribed across bottom: THE REVIVAL of GERMAN MUSIC, 1920/ (Herr Professor) - 'Quite a nice little class again - now, altogether my children'

label attached to backing board bearing inscription: MARY GASCOIGNE

 

Exhibited

Personal Notes by Grace Cossington Smith , Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 5-17 March 1975, no.12 (label attached to backing board)

 

$7,500

 

ALETHEA MARY (Thea) PROCTOR (1879-1966)

The Swing 1925

hand-coloured woodcut

24.5 x 24.5 cm

edition: No.43

titled, numbered and signed below image

 

Reference

Deutscher, C., Butler, R., Minchin, J., Thea Proctor: The Prints, Resolution Press, Sydney, 1980, p.54, pl.16 (illus. another example)

 

$16,000

MARGUERITE HENRIETTE MAHOOD (1901-89)

Concentration

hand-coloured linocut 

image size: 29.0 x 25.0 cm

sheet size: 39.5 x 26.0 cm

edition: (Trial Proof)

 

Provenance

Martin Thomas Henry Mahood, Victoria

 

$1,800

 

 

MAJOR JAMES TAYLOR (c1785-1829)

Three Panoramic Views of Port Jackson, in New South Wales, with the Town of Sydney, and the Adjacent Scenery

Engraved by R. Havell and Son, after original drawings by Major Taylor of His Majesty's 48th Regiment of Foot, drawn from nature by the artist between 1817 and 1822 and engraved in London in 1823.

Printed from the original plates now in the Dixson Galleies of The State Library of New South Wales and published by Alecto Historical Editions in association with The State Library of New South Wales in 1988

edition: 72/100

 

$1,800

Attributed to JOHN COTTON (1802-49)

The Goulburn Ranges, Doogallook

ink on paper

26.0 x 37.0 cm

inscribed lower centre: The Goulburn Ranges, Doogallook

 

Provenance

John Cotton, Esq. of Doogallook

Thence by descent, Charles Ryan and Marian Cotton

Sir Charles Snodgrass Ryan

The collection of Lady Maie Casey

The collection of Jane McGowan

 

$15,000

WILLIAM TAYLOR SMITH TIBBITS (1837-1906)

Royal Hotel, Ferntree Gully

watercolour, pen and ink on paper

26.8 x 40.8 cm

signed lower right: W.Tibbits

inscribed lower centre: DRAWN BY W. TIBBITS. 40 ALBERT St WINDSOR.

inscribed below image: TERMS FROM £2.2.0 PER WEEK./ ROYAL HOTEL./ FERN TREE GULLY-VICTORIA / R.E. HINTON Proprietor'

 

Provenance

Dame Nellie Melba GBE

 

$15,000

 

EMMA MINNIE à BECKETT BOYD (1858-1936)

Seaside Sketch (Mornington) 1879

ink on paper

7.4 x 19.0 cm 

signed with artist's initials and dated lower right: a/ MB/ 10/79

 

$3,000

ERIC PRENTICE ANCHOR THAKE (1904-1982)

Eric Thake was an Australian artist and printmaker. He left school in 1918 to be apprenticed to Patterson Shrugg Pty Ltd, a leading process engraving firm where Thake was taught the fine art of highly detailed drawing.

 

In 1922, Thake enrolled in the drawing class at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and subsequently studied painting and drawing at the George Bell Studio in 1925-28. Thake was also a founding member of the Melbourne Contemporary Group in 1932. 

 

Influenced by the precision of Lionel Lindsay's engravings as well as the powerful silhouettes in Blamire Young's woodcuts, Thake also became increasingly fascinated with the developments in graphic art occuring throughout Europe and in 1930 he exhibited his first series of modern linocuts.

 

In 1941, Thake sent the first of his personal linocut Christmas cards to his friends. It became a tradition Thake continued until he could no longer see clearly in 1975. 

 

The humorous black and white prints were eagerly anticipated by those lucky enough to receive them. Hal Missingham, a former director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales was fortunate enough to be sent one of the most sought after cards today, "An Opera House in every home" in 1972. The following year Missingham gifted the card to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, coinciding with the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Corke, image of Eric Thake sketching in street, 1959

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

Nuns on the Geelong Road...1969

linocut (Christmas card)

14.0 x 21.0 cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$3,000

 

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

Introductions at R.C.H. "Mr Thake - Dr So and So" 1959

linocut (Christmas card)

21.0 x 14.0 cm

titled below image

 

$1,250

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

Horsham Sale Yards "She's a beautiful Pig boys, all meat and no pertaters" 1960

linocut (Christmas card)

21.0 x 14.0 cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$1,100

 

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

"A message from our Sponsor" 1975

linocut (Christmas card)

21.0 x 14.0 cm 

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$1,100

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

Heels and Heeler, Charleville 1971

linocut (Christmas card)

21.0 x 14.0 cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$1,450

 

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

'She's warm alright' 1966

linocut (Christmas card)

21.0 x 14.0 cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

Not for sale

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

Hippobottomi 1974
linocut (Christmas cards)

14.0 x 21.0 cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$1,100

ERIC THAKE(1904-82)

Figure in a Rocky Landscape 1965

linocut (Christmas card)

14.0 x 21.0 cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$1,100

ERIC THAKE (1904-82)

An Opera House in every home 1972

linocut (Christmas card)

14.0 x 21.0 cm cm

titled, signed and dated below image

 

$3,200 (SOLD)

FRANK JEFFREY EDSON SMART (1921-2013)

The Directors 1977

etching and aquatint

12.0 x 75.0 cm

edition: 27/90

numbered, titled and signed below image

 

$6,600