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An image of King Street Sydney, 1890-1980 by Elizabeth Rooney

Elizabeth Rooney

(Australia 1929 – )

Title
King Street Sydney, 1890-1980
Year
1980-1981
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, printed in black ink with plate tone on white wove paper
Edition
artist's proof 1
Dimensions

22.0 x 37.8 cm platemark; 40.9 x 54.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Elizabeth Rooney 1980-81".
Credit
Gift of Akky van Ogtrop and the 5th International Works on Paper Fair 1995
Accession number
511.1995
Copyright
© Elizabeth Rooney
Location
Not on display
Further information

Elizabeth Rooney's prints often express her strong views on urban and rural conservation issues. The development of Sydney is a recurring theme in her work, as is 'revisiting' a site to show the changes wrought upon it over a period of time. Subsequent states of an image, through re-working the etching plate, is also a common feature of her prints, which reveal further changes in her subjects; Rooney has documented the changing cityscapes of Sydney and Newcastle over the last thirty years, leaving a poignant and often humorous record of lost or threatened landmarks.

Australian Art Department, AGSNW, 2000

Bibliography (4)

Peter Emmett, Metropolis, Glebe, 1999, [illus.]. Exhibition guide, brochure format.

Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Metropolis', pg. 13-70, Glebe, 2000, 65 (illus.).

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

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 120 (illus.). cat.no. 101

Exhibition history (2)

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

Metropolis, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 18 Dec 1999–02 Apr 2000