Lionel Lindsay produced the most impressive and consistent oeuvre of wood engravings in Australia, 'Goat and rhododendron' being one of the boldest and most popular. The Gallery has a significant collection of Lindsay's graphic work, including over 60 wood engravings and 100 etchings.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
'My method is very simple. From a careful pencil study I place my principal object; carefully drawing a precise outline. I blacken the intervening space and start by establishing my largest lights; finding direction, modelling and strength of line on the block. I prove as I go, building up my design from what elements I have already considered necessary, bit by bit. I gamble with the ultimate result, but my chief care is to establish a true graver cut, keep its drawing quality and to preserve the intervening black. I keep thus to a classic ideal' (J S Macdonald, 'The woodcuts of Lionel Lindsay', The print collectors quarterly, vol.21, no.2 (April 1934), pg.180).
This print was exhibited in April 1934 at P & D Colnaghi and Co, London as 'Syrian goat and Rhododendrons' ('Wood-engravings by Lionel Lindsay', cat.no. 52).
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
Syrian goat and rhododendrons
The black goat
wood engraving, printed in black ink on ivory mulberry paper
From edition of 100
16.9 x 15.2 cm blockmark; 22.1 x 19.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed within block to print l.r., "LIONEL LINDSAY".
Signed l.l., pencil "Lionel Lindsay". Not dated.
Not on display
© Estate of Lionel Lindsay
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Animals on paper: from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours:
The Legendary Lindsays:
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Referenced in 9 publications
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 194 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian Prints from the Collection 139 of the best', pg. 26-27, Heidelberg, Nov 1998, 27.
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 511; titled 'The black goat'.
Anne Ryan, Look, 'When prints ruled', pg. 25-27, Sydney, May 2007, 25 (illus.).
Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 71 (illus.). cat.no. 105
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 40 (illus.). cat.no. 25
Kirsty Grant and Jason Smith, In relief: Australian wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts, Melbourne, 1997, 26, 27 (colour illus.). Collection of National Gallery of Victoria
Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992, (illus.). cat.no. 32
Nicholas Draffin, Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, South Melbourne, 1976, 10, 20 (colour illus.). Collection of Mr Peter Lindsay, Sydney.