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Night fall in the ti-tree



Violet Teague


1872 - 1951

Geraldine Rede


1874 - 1943


Geraldine Rede and Violet Teague (born Melbourne) met at the National Gallery School in the late 1890s. Their book is the earliest known example of colour relief printing in Australia, and a very early example of the influence of Japanese woodblock techniques on Australian printmaking.

Teague studied painting in Brussels from 1890-93 at the Atelier Blanc-Garin, and experimented with printmaking at Hubert Herkomer's school in England, which she attended in 1894. She returned to Australia in 1895. 'Night fall in the ti-tree' is a story about rabbits, set in the Australian bush. The Japanese influence on it is obvious, especially in printing and format, similar to Japanese children's crepe-books of the 1890s, and is reinforced by the design of the book, where the images lead from one page to the next, like a frieze. An early version of the book was hand-printed by Teague in Melbourne in 1905; another edition for the English market was published in London by Elkin Mathews in 1906. The book was exhibited in the 1905 Victorian Artists Society Exhibition, Melbourne and the Federal Art Exhibition in the same year. In 1907 it won an award at the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work, Melbourne.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, AGNSW, 1998




Media categories

Book , Print

Materials used

hand-bound book of colour woodblock prints with letterpress text


24.3 x 17.7 x 1.0 cm book

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1983


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Violet Teague

Works in the collection


Artist information

Geraldine Rede

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Roger Butler, Violet Teague, 'Violet Teague and Japonsime, printed works', pg. 61-71, Sydney, 1999, 125.

Victoria Hammond and Juliette Peers, Completing the Picture: Women artists and the Heidelberg era, Biography of the Artists: Violet Helen Evangeline Teague 1872-1951, Hawthorn East, 1992, 72. plate no. 6

Joan Kerr (Editor), Heritage: The national women's art book, Sydney, 1995, 20, 461.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best', pg. 26-27, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 27.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992. 67

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 34 (colour illus.). 18

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Sydney Long: Arcadian myth and the decorative landscape’, pg. 110-122, Sydney, 2012, 119 (colour illus.), 147.