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(circa 1930)


Eveline Syme


1888 - 06 Jun 1961


Syme was a friend and fellow student of Ethel Spowers at the Grosvenor School in London. She had discovered the work of Claude Flight through his publication Lino-cuts, in a Melbourne bookshop and later wrote:

"Here was something new and different, lino-cut no longer regarded as a base form of woodcut, but evolved into a distinct branch of 20th century Art. I had seen nothing more vital and essentially 'modern' in the best sense of the word than the reproductions shown …"



(circa 1930)

Media category


Materials used

colour linocut, printed from two blocks on thin cream laid tissue




12.2 x 15.3 cm image (irreg.); 17.7 x 18.4 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pencil "E.W. Syme". Not dated.


Purchased 1977

Accession number


Artist information

Eveline Syme

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Roger Butler., Melbourne woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920's and 1930's, 'Woodcuts and Linocuts of the 1920s and 1930's', Sydney, 1981, (illus.). Collection of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Not paginated; No catalogue numbers

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, 'The Grosvenor School and colour linocuts', pg. 199-205, Canberra, 2007, 200 (colour illus.). Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Roger Arthur Butler and Chris Deutscher, A survey of Australian relief prints 1900/1950, Armadale, 1978, 8, 9. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 15 (colour illus.).

Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the machine age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor school, 'The Australians: Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme', pg. 65-68, England, 1995, 68, 180 (illus.). ESy 4; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, 'Coming home: the influences on Australian modernism', pg. 44-61, Adelaide, 2000, 52 (colour illus.), 56, 126. dated 1929; Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Josef Lebovic, Australian women printmakers, 'Foreword', pg. 2, Sydney, 1988, 14. 108; dated 1929; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, Sydney, 1996, 149, 152.