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Title

Old house, Trinity Lane, Sydney

1893

Artist

Julian Ashton

England, Australia

27 Jan 1851 - 27 Apr 1942

  • Details

    Other Title
    Old houses Trinity Lane
    Date
    1893
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching, black ink with pale plate tone on ivory laid paper
    Edition
    6/14
    Dimensions
    30.1 x 19.8 cm platemark; 34.2 x 24.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated within plate to print l.r., "J.R.ASHTON/ 1893".
    Signed l.r., pencil "Julian Ashton".

    Credit
    Purchased 1918
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    3320
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Julian Ashton

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    This etching of street life in the Rocks come from a second edition of fourteen, which Ashton published in 1918, printed in a blue/black ink, rather than the original sepia colour of 1893.

    The Gallery acquired the print that year from Angus and Robertson, a firm of booksellers and publishers in Castlereagh Street. Despite the plate having been etched some twenty-five years earlier, its reissue for a new market indicates the popularity of the subject, as Sydney, especially the Rocks, underwent widespread slum clearances following outbreaks of bubonic plague in the first decades of the century. Nostalgia grew for a Sydney of the past, and artists including Lionel Lindsay and Sydney Ure Smith produced prints of 'old Sydney' well into 1910s, 20s and even 30s.

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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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