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 …"
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.
Not on display
© Estate of Eveline Syme
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Important Women Artists (1977), Jim Alexander Gallery, Ormond, Aug 1977 -
Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010
Modern impressions; Australian prints from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Sep 2016–Jan 2017
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
Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 15 (colour illus.).
Josef Lebovic, Australian women printmakers, 'Foreword', pg. 2, Sydney, 1988, 14. cat.no. 108; dated 1929; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
Helen Topliss, Modernism and Feminism Australian Women Artists 1900-1940, Sydney, 1996, 149, 152.
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.). cat.no. ESy 4; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
A survey of Australian relief prints 1900/1950, Armadale, 1978, 8, 9. NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.
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
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