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An image of The Ring (or Sigurd) by Napier Waller

Napier Waller

(Australia 19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972)

The Ring (or Sigurd)
Other titles:
The ring
Media category
Materials used
wood engraving

27.6 x 21.1 cm

Gift of Mrs Napier Waller 1977
Accession number
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate
Not on display
Further information

Wailer's subject was taken from English poet William Morris' 'Sigurd the Volsung' (1876), his translation of the epic Icelandic narrative poem 'Volsunga saga' (from which Wagner's opera 'The ring' also originates). The only wood engraving made by the artist, it is remarkable for its monumental quality and for Wailer's mastery of this demanding technique with his left hand, due to loss of his right arm during World War I.

Bibliography (2)

Nicholas Draffin, Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, South Melbourne, 1976, 11, 25 (illus.). titled 'The ring'

Kirsty Grant and Jason Smith, In relief: Australian wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts, Melbourne, 1997, 28 (colour illus.). titled 'The ring'; dated 1923; Collection of National Gallery of Victoria

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