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An image of Old house, Trinity Lane, Sydney by Julian Ashton

Julian Ashton

(England, Australia 27 Jan 1851 – 27 Apr 1942)

Title
Old house, Trinity Lane, Sydney
Other titles:
Old houses Trinity Lane
Year
1893
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, black ink with pale plate tone on ivory laid paper
Edition
6/14
Dimensions

30.1 x 19.8 cm platemark; 34.2 x 24.2 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated within plate to print l.r., "J.R.ASHTON/ 1893". Signed l.r., pencil "Julian Ashton".
Credit
Purchased 1918
Accession number
3320
Location
Not on display
Further information

This etching of street life in the Rocks come from a second edition of fourteen, which Ashton published in 1918, printed in a blue/black ink, rather than the original sepia colour of 1893.

The Gallery acquired the print that year from Angus and Robertson, a firm of booksellers and publishers in Castlereagh Street. Despite the plate having been etched some twenty-five years earlier, its reissue for a new market indicates the popularity of the subject, as Sydney, especially the Rocks, underwent widespread slum clearances following outbreaks of bubonic plague in the first decades of the century. Nostalgia grew for a Sydney of the past, and artists including Lionel Lindsay and Sydney Ure Smith produced prints of 'old Sydney' well into 1910s, 20s and even 30s.

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

Bibliography (3)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 26 (colour illus.). cat.no. 10

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 20 (colour illus.). cat.no. 24

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 1

Exhibition history (2)

Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990

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