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Title

The Ring (or Sigurd)


Artist

Napier Waller

Australia

19 Jun 1893 - 30 Mar 1972


About

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.


Details


Other Title

The ring


Date

(1923)


Media category

Print


Materials used

wood engraving


Dimensions

27.6 x 21.1 cm


Credit

Gift of Mrs Napier Waller 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9.1977


Artist information

Napier Waller

Works in the collection

14


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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