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An image of The temporary stairway by Fred Coventry

Fred Coventry

(Australia 1905 – 1997)

The temporary stairway
Media category
Materials used
engraving, brown ink on cream laid paper

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.
Bequest of Megan Machin neé Sharpe 1998
Accession number
© the estate of Fred Coventry
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (2)

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.). 94

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