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An image of Night fall in the ti-tree by Violet Teague, Geraldine Rede An image of Night fall in the ti-tree by Violet Teague, Geraldine Rede

Violet Teague

(Australia 1872 – 1951)

Geraldine Rede

(Australia 1874 – 1943)

Title
Night fall in the ti-tree
Year
1905
Media categories
Book, Print
Materials used
hand-bound book of colour woodblock prints with letterpress text
Dimensions

24.3 x 17.7 x 1.0 cm book

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
250.1983
Location
Not on display
Further information

Geraldine Rede and Violet Teague (born Melbourne) met at the National Gallery School in the late 1890s. Their book is the earliest known example of colour relief printing in Australia, and a very early example of the influence of Japanese woodblock techniques on Australian printmaking.

Teague studied painting in Brussels from 1890-93 at the Atelier Blanc-Garin, and experimented with printmaking at Hubert Herkomer's school in England, which she attended in 1894. She returned to Australia in 1895. 'Night fall in the ti-tree' is a story about rabbits, set in the Australian bush. The Japanese influence on it is obvious, especially in printing and format, similar to Japanese children's crepe-books of the 1890s, and is reinforced by the design of the book, where the images lead from one page to the next, like a frieze. An early version of the book was hand-printed by Teague in Melbourne in 1905; another edition for the English market was published in London by Elkin Mathews in 1906. The book was exhibited in the 1905 Victorian Artists Society Exhibition, Melbourne and the Federal Art Exhibition in the same year. In 1907 it won an award at the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work, Melbourne.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, AGNSW, 1998

Bibliography (7)

Roger Butler, Violet Teague, 'Violet Teague and Japonsime, printed works', pg. 61-71, Roseville, 1999, 125.

Victoria Hammond and Juliet Peers, Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era, Biography of the Artists: Violet Helen Evangeline Teague 1872-1951, Hawthorn East, 1992, 72. plate no. 6

Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 20, 461.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 34 (colour illus.). cat.no. 18

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best', pg. 26-27, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 27.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992. cat.no. 67

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Sydney Long: Arcadian myth and the decorative landscape’, pg. 110-122, Sydney, 2012, 119 (colour illus.), 147.

Exhibition history (3)

Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg Era, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney, 03 Mar 1992–26 Apr 1992

Animals on paper: from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Sep 1992–05 Oct 1992

Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999