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Title

The plough


Artist

Ethel Spowers

Australia

1890 - 1947


About

Ethel Spowers is best known for her modernist colour linocuts produced while she was a student with Claude Flight at the Grosvenor School in London from 1929. Prior to these studies, she had been known as a fantasy artist and children's illustrator, producing colour lino- and wood cuts printed in the Japanese manner. Spowers made only four wood engravings, all while she was in London between 1929 and 1932. Their size and monochromatic appearance contrast with her linocuts of same the period, but share something of their emphasis on repetition, dynamic movement and simplification of form. Spowers repeated the composition of 'The plough' three times; in addition to this wood engraving, she made two colour linocuts, 'The plough' 1928 and 'Birds following a plough' 1933.


Details


Date

1929


Media category

Print


Materials used

wood engraving, printed in black ink on thin ivory laid tissue paper


Edition

'sample' print from edition of 20


Dimensions

10.1 x 15.7 cm blockmark; 18.7 x 26.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "E.L. Spowers. 29".


Credit

Purchased 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

143.1976


Artist information

Ethel Spowers

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.

Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, 'Coming home: the influences on Australian modernism', pg. 44-61, Adelaide, 2000, 46 (colour illus.), 124. Collection of Art Gallery of South Australia

Grahame Kime., Heaven on earth: Visions of arcadia, 'Visions of Arcadia', Gymea, 2005. List of works; not paginated

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 65 (colour illus.). cat.no. 54

Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992. cat.no. 78

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 81 (colour illus.). cat.no. 122