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Coffee stall



Weaver Hawkins

United Kingdom, Australia

28 Aug 1893 - 13 Aug 1977


Weaver Hawkins was born in London and studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts 1910-1914. Following active service in the First World War (which left him without the use of his right arm), he re-learnt to draw and paint with his left at the Bristol Art School, the Westminster School of Art (under Walter Bayes, Bernard Meninsky and Randolph Schwabe) and etching from Sir Frank Short at the Royal College of Art. The Gallery Archive has a notebook on technique Hawkins made when studying under Short.

'Coffee stall' was produced while Hawkins was a student of printmaking in 1921. It was exhibited at his first solo exhibition at the Elliott and Fry Galleries, London in 1923. He did not make many intaglio prints, as it taxed his physical strength. While at the school he had an assistant who printed for him, because it was difficult by himself. This led him to experiment with linocuts.

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




Media category


Materials used

etching, dark brown ink on ivory laid paper


2nd state, ed. 1/40


19.0 x 22.4 cm platemark; 23.0 x 29.7 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "H Weaver Hawkins". Not dated.


Gift of the artist's family 1976


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Weaver Hawkins

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg, Everyday life: prints drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European art, Sydney, 1994. 38

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 57 (colour illus.). 45

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 59 (colour illus.). 86