Donald Friend learnt etching as a schoolboy, taking classes with Sydney Long in 1931. He made a small number of etchings, the first a bookplate for his mother. Friend’s diary for that year described his excitement at his first efforts at the medium, and the look he was able to achieve printing with sepia ink; ‘... at the class I took four prints of my now complete etching; I was extremely exhilarated, they are in sepia ink – dark brown and lustrous ... The renovations was probably made some time later and depicts building work on a terrace in Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross.’
Friend made etchings intermittently after his early efforts of the 1930s, and it was not until the last decade of his life that he returned to printmaking in a concerted way, producing a series of lithographs, Songs of the vagabond scholars, in1982 and etchings with printer James Whitington at Whaling Road Studios, North Sydney, in 1987.
from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007
etching, aquatint, printed in brown/black ink with plate tone on dark cream wove paper
13.6 x 17.8 cm platemark; 20.3 x 24.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "D. L. FRIEnd". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2006
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend. Licensed by Copyright Agency.
Shown in 1 exhibition
Australasian art, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington, 11 Mar 2006–22 Apr 2006
Referenced in 1 publication
Collectors list no. CL118: Australasian art, Sydney, 2006, (colour illus.). cat.no. 74