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Title

The temporary stairway

(1929)

Artist

Fred Coventry

Australia

1905 - 1997

  • Details

    Date
    (1929)
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving, brown ink on cream laid paper
    Edition
    6/50
    Dimensions
    18.9 x 13.8 cm platemark; 24.3 x 20.5 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "FHCoventry". Not dated.
    Signed l.r. to print [in reverse] "FHCoventry". Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Megan Machin neé Sharpe 1998
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    322.1998
    Copyright
    © the estate of Fred Coventry

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  • About

    In a letter Coventry wrote to the Gallery not long before his death, he described the subject of this engraving, which
    reveals his interest in the different elements brought together in the construction of a building, the structure of the scaffolding
    obviously holding a great appeal; ‘… (it is) Montreal Place, Aldwych, Strand (near Australia House), London, W C. The scaffolding is intended to show that it is un-sawn timber with lashing cord on the left hand side, while on the centre and right it is steel piping and metal clamps.’

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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