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Floodlit (Edinburgh Castle)



Jessie Traill


29 Jul 1881 – 15 May 1967

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  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    etching, aquatint
    no 4 from unknown edition, state 3/3
    13.8 x 19.9 cm platemark; 23.3 x 29.3 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil 'J C A Traill 1938'.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Collection Benefactors 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Jessie Traill/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    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.

    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. Traill made etchings of Edinburgh Castle during the war, one floodlit, and another in complete blackout. These etchings reveal modern influences with flattened, simplified forms that reduce the landscape into a black mass, or void, reflecting the eery night time experience of wartime Britain.

Other works by Jessie Traill

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