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An image of The fig tree by David Barker

David Barker

(Australia 1888 – 06 May 1946)

The fig tree
(circa 1920)
Media category
Materials used
etching, printed in black ink with plate tone on thick, dark cream wove paper

18.0 x 9.6 cm platemark; 22.4 x 14.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "David Barker". Not dated.
Gift of Jenny Pollack 2007
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

David Barker was a founding committee member and exhibitor with the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society from 1921, and a prolific etcher in the 1920s and 30s. Barker exhibited seventeen works in the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society's first exhibition, a number of which had been shown the previous year at Gayfield Shaw’s Art Gallery.

The majority of the etchings by Barker included in the exhibition were of Middle Eastern subjects, where he had served in the AIF during WWI, and made numerous paintings and drawings. Later in the decade he made more etchings of local subjects, including several Sydney cityscapes.

Exhibition history (3)

Monotypes, pencil drawings, etchings and aquatints, Gayfield Shaw Gallery, Sydney, 13 Dec 1920–24 Dec 1920

The Australian Painter-Etchers' Society first annual exhibition:

Etchings by English and Australian artists, Gayfield Shaw Gallery, Sydney, 12 Dec 1921–24 Dec 1921