David Barker was a founding committee member and exhibitor with the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society from 1921, and a prolific etcher in the 1920s and 30s. Barker exhibited seventeen works in the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society's first exhibition, a number of which had been shown the previous year at Gayfield Shaw’s Art Gallery.
The majority of the etchings by Barker included in the exhibition were of Middle Eastern subjects, where he had served in the AIF during WWI, and made numerous paintings and drawings. Later in the decade he made more etchings of local subjects, including several Sydney cityscapes.
etching, printed in black ink with plate tone on thick, dark cream wove paper
18.0 x 9.6 cm platemark; 22.4 x 14.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "David Barker". Not dated.
Gift of Jenny Pollack 2007
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Monotypes, pencil drawings, etchings and aquatints, Gayfield Shaw Gallery, Sydney, 13 Dec 1920–24 Dec 1920
The Australian Painter-Etchers' Society first annual exhibition:
Etchings by English and Australian artists, Gayfield Shaw Gallery, Sydney, 12 Dec 1921–24 Dec 1921