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Sydney tram line



Eveline Syme


1888 - 06 Jun 1961


Eveline Syme was born at Thames Ditton, England to Australian parents and grew up in Melbourne. She studied Classics at Cambridge University, and education at the University of Melbourne. She studied art in Paris between 1921 and 1924, attended La Grande Chaumière, the Académie Ranson (with Maurice Denis) and with André Lhote. In 1924 she returned to Melbourne, and in 1925 exhibited her first woodcut. By 1927 she was making linocuts, probably taught by Ethel Spowers, a close friend. She exhibited woodcuts, watercolours and a couple of colour linocuts at the Athenaeum, Melbourne in March 1928. In the same year she discovered the work of Claude Flight from his recent publication 'Lino-cuts' and, inspired by the 'modern' quality of the work, returned to London in January 1929 to study with Flight at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, located in Warwick Square Pimlico. She spent some months travelling in Belgium and Italy, returning to Australia in April 1930. Syme also had a great interest in Japanese prints, reflected in the composition of this work with its high viewpoint.

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




Media category


Materials used

colour linocut printed from three blocks on thin ivory tissue




24.4 x 18.0 cm blockmark; 30.8 x 22.8 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "EW Syme.". Not dated.


Purchased 1977


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Eveline Syme

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 15 publications


Caroline Butler-Bowdon and Annie Campbell, Shooting through: Sydney by tram, Sydney, 2009, 78, 79 (colour illus.).

Roger Butler., Melbourne woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920's and 1930's, 'Woodcuts and Linocuts of the 1920s and 1930's', Sydney, 1981, (colour illus.), (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

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, (colour illus.), 184, 185 (illus.). ESy 20; plate no. 43

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 10.

Jane Hylton, Modern Australian women: paintings & prints 1925-1945, Adelaide, 2000, 81 (colour illus.), 126. Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Heather Johnson, Aspects of Art Deco in Australia: Sunrise over the Pacific, 'Art Deco art', pg. 96-105, Sydney, 2001, 101.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 69 (illus.). 58

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 66-85, Sydney, 2013, 71 (colour illus.), 316.

John Slater, Through artists' eyes: Australian suburbs and their cities 1919-1945, 'The city marginalised to the city revealed', pg. 15-34, Melbourne, 2004, xi, 25 (colour illus.), 26. 13

Susannah Smith, Look, 'Women's work: their diverse and significant contribution to the modernist art scene', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Aug 2013, 13 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Members events', pg. 39-41, Sydney, Sep 2012, 39 (colour illus.).

David Thomas, Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Melbourne 29 August 2012, 'Works from the Wesfarmers collection of Australian art part 1: lots 1-23’, pg. 122-123, Melbourne, 2012, 122, 123 (colour illus.). Another example of this work offered at the Deutscher and Hackett sale 'Works from the Wesfarmers collection of Australian art’, Melbourne, 29 August 2012, lot no. 73.

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. 83

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated