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

Elizabeth Rooney

(Australia 1929 – )

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

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".
Gift of Akky van Ogtrop and the 5th International Works on Paper Fair 1995
Accession number
© Elizabeth Rooney
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.). 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