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Knotty tree near Dudinalup, Western Australia

(late 1930s)


Beatrice Darbyshire


1901 – 1988

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    (late 1930s)
    Media category
    Materials used
    drypoint, printed in black ink with plate tone, white gouache additions, on white wove paper
    working proof of two known proofs
    41 x 50.4 cm platemark; 46 x 56.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Joan Thorn 1990
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Beatrice Darbyshire

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    Artist information
    Beatrice Darbyshire

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Beatrice Darbyshire studied etching in Perth from 1913 with Henri van Raalte, and later in London between 1924–27 at the Royal College of Art under Sir Frank Short and Malcolm Osborne. She produced a small but very fine oeuvre of prints in the 1920s
    and 30s, but only received widespread recognition for them later in life. Darbyshire ceased making prints after moving to Sydney in 1940.

    This drypoint is a working proof, with traces of white gouache indicating the artist’s amendments to the image, prior to the final
    etched state. However, only two proofs are known, and it is probable that the print was not editioned. The Gallery also has a
    charcoal study for it which features the large central tree drawn from the same angle, but with a different background of small saplings. Darbyshire was very interested in the landscape around
    the Balingup-Nannup road, south of Perth, which led to Dudinalup, the home of a family friend.

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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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