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Lionel Lindsay


18 Oct 1874 – 22 May 1961

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    wood engraving, printed in black ink on white tissue
    From edition of 100
    32.4 x 17 cm blockmark; 39.2 x 22.1 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l., pencil "Lionel Lindsay". Not dated.
    Signed in block to print l.r., "LIONEL LINDSAY".

    Purchased 1974
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Lionel Lindsay

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  • About

    Lionel Lindsay’s wood engravings are among the crowning achievements of his career, especially his sophisticated and stylishly designed images of animals and birds. He first experimented with the technique in 1910, buying tools from fellow artist John Mather, but did not begin to make them
    in earnest until the 1920s, using discarded wood blocks from the Evening News. His most sustained influence was the work
    of English wood engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828), both in technique and subject matter, and for technical guidance
    he used a book by W J Linton, Wood engraving, a manual of instruction (1884), which urged ‘artist engravers’ to ‘cut a line
    with meaning’.

    Lindsay exhibited his new prints with the Society of Artists and published ‘A book of woodcuts’ in 1922, which was well
    reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, which further encouraged him. He published another book, Twenty one woodcuts in 1924, leading to his friendship with Harold Wright, an influential English art dealer who responded to them with enthusiasm, cementing his reputation as an significant and international talent. Lindsay’s wood engravings remain some of the most distinctive and memorable prints made in Australia in period prior to the Second World War.

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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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