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An image of Our immortals – Count Leo Tolstoi suspecting sensuality
in the heavenly choir by Will Dyson

Will Dyson

(Australia 03 Sep 1880 – 21 Jan 1938)

Title
Our immortals – Count Leo Tolstoi suspecting sensuality in the heavenly choir
Other titles:
Count Leo Tolstoi suspecting sensuality in the heavenly choir
Place of origin
MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
Year
(circa 1930)
Media category
Print
Materials used
drypoint, printed in black ink with pale plate tone on cream laid paper
Edition
Unknown
Dimensions

14.5 x 19.2 cm platemark; 23.2 x 30.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Will. Dyson.".
Credit
Purchased 1963
Accession number
DA3.1963
Location
Not on display
Further information

Will Dyson moved to England in 1909 and rapidly became established as a major illustrator and cartoonist, associating with many of the leading political, journalistic, literary and artistic figures of the day. He developed a formidable reputation for fearless and biting social and political commentary in his work, and well known for his wit and prowess as a speaker. Dyson's experiences observing Australian servicemen on the battlefields of France during the First World War and the premature death of his much-loved wife Ruby Lind (sister of Norman and Lionel Lindsay) precipitated a move back to Australia in 1925, but it was not permanent and eventually he returned to England, via America, in 1930.

Dyson first made drypoints in Australia from about 1928. He had earlier drawn cartoons on the subjects of 'Our Psychoanalysts', 'Finance' and various literary themes, but the drypoints developed these further with his characteristic insight and wit. By 1929 Dyson had made nineteen prints illustrating '… the pretensions and affectations of the intelligentsia … the extravagances of social life and the sterile gropings of impotent modernists in art, music and literature'. He took the drypoints with him on his return to England, exhibiting thirty nine of them in a sell-out show in New York in 1931, including both 'Dr Freud introduces a patient to her subconscious' and 'Count Leo Tolstoi suspecting sensuality in the heavenly choir'.

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

Bibliography (1)

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 66 (colour illus.). cat.no. 97