Fred Williams was born in Richmond, Victoria and studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne and George Bell School from 1944-49. In 1951 he moved to London where he studied at the Chelsea Art School (1951-55). He began making etchings in 1954 while a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1954-56). These were figurative, often of performers in the music halls, inspired by Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942). The majority were made from drawings made on the spot, some of which were also developed as paintings. He returned to Australia in 1957 and turned to landscape for his subject matter in painting and etching. The plate for 'Dancer' is extant. The Gallery has 20 etchings by Williams.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
etching, aquatint, drypoint, warm black ink on ivory Japanese paper
9/14, final 6th state
14.1 x 10.3 cm platemark; 26.0 x 20.7 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Fred Williams.". Not dated.
Not on display
© Estate of Fred Williams
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Fred Williams: from music hall to landscape, drawings and prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Aug 2001–25 Nov 2001
Referenced in 3 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Fred Williams: from music hall to landscape, drawings and prints, Sydney, 2001, 18 (colour illus.), 61 (illus.). cat.no. 17
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 98 (illus.). cat.no. 82
Anne Ryan, Look, 'Fred Williams: the graphic works', pg. 20-21, Melbourne, Aug 2001, 20 (illus.).