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An image of Black boys by Dorrit Black

Dorrit Black

(Australia 23 Dec 1891 – 13 Sep 1951)

Black boys
Other titles:
(post 1938)
Media category
Materials used
linocut, printed in colour from six blocks on thin ivory laid tissue
unknown impression from edition of 50

26.3 x 22.9 cm image; 30.3 x 27.7 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed within block to print l.r. corner, blue ink "DB [monogram]". Not dated.
Gift of Mr J.F.B. Black 1968
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The subject derives from a stay on the farm 'Woodenup' (owned by one of the artist's uncles) in the Kojunup region of Western Australia.

Bibliography (5)

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 21 (colour illus.).

Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the machine age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor school, 'The Australians: Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme', pg. 65-68, England, 1995, 162, 163 (illus.). DB 41; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Josef Lebovic, Masterpieces of Australian printmaking, Paddington, 1987, 12, 13 (colour illus.). 8; titled 'Blackboys'; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Tracey Lock-Weir., Dorrit Black: unseen forces, 'The modern medium: colour linocuts', Adelaide, 2014, 92, 160, 163 (colour illus.), 197, 205 (cat. entry). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Ian North, The art of Dorrit Black, North Melbourne, 1979.

Exhibition history (1)

Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010