Down under, Newcastle upon Tyne
29 Jul 1881 - 15 May 1967
Jessie Traill is among the most celebrated Australian etchers of the early 20th century. She studied at the National Gallery School in Melbourne and from 1907-09 in London under Frank Brangwyn, whose choice of industrial subjects and etching style was a great influence on her.
She exhibited etchings from 1908, with subjects ranging from urban and industrial to pastoral, and won international prizes for her prints. She was a member of the influential Australian Painter-Etchers' Society following her return to Australia in 1920; this etching was exhibited in their 1938 annual exhibition in Sydney.
Traill moved to England in 1937 and remained there for the duration of World War II. While she was not directly occupied with the war effort, her etchings from that period reflected the times, with several images of the industrial ship-building city of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Down under, Newcastle
etching, aquatint, printed in black ink with plate tone from one plate, on cream wove paper
21.9 x 11.3 cm platemark
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "JCA Traill 1938.".
Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2014
Not on display
© Estate of the artist. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 1 exhibition
Annual exhibition by the members of the Painter-Etchers' and Graphic Art Society of Australia, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 02 Nov 1938–17 Nov 1938