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Title

The temporary stairway


Artist

Fred Coventry

Australia

1905 - 1997


About

In a letter Coventry wrote to the Gallery not long before his death, he described the subject of this engraving, which
reveals his interest in the different elements brought together in the construction of a building, the structure of the scaffolding
obviously holding a great appeal; ‘… (it is) Montreal Place, Aldwych, Strand (near Australia House), London, W C. The scaffolding is intended to show that it is un-sawn timber with lashing cord on the left hand side, while on the centre and right it is steel piping and metal clamps.’

from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007


Details


Date

(1929)


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving, brown ink on cream laid paper


Edition

6/50


Dimensions

18.9 x 13.8 cm platemark; 24.3 x 20.5 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "FHCoventry". Not dated. Signed l.r. to print [in reverse] "FHCoventry". Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Megan Machin neé Sharpe 1998


Location

Not on display


Accession number

322.1998


Artist information

Fred Coventry

Works in the collection

18


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Gail Ross, Art New Zealand, 'Art & Industry: Frederick Halford Coventry (1905-1997)', pg. 60-63, New Zealand, Summer 2007-2008, 61.

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 64, 64 (illus.). cat.no. 94