- Place where the work was made
New South Wales
- Media category
- Materials used
- etching, aquatint on thick wove paper
- 20.3 x 13.2 cm printed image; 22.4 x 14.3 cm platemark; 33.6 x 25.4 cm sheet; 40.0 x 32.0 x 2.5 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "W. Sidman".
Signed and dated l.r. within plate-mark, printed "Sid [within circle] 92.".
- Gift of Tim Klingender 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
Born in England in 1847, William Sidman came to Australia in 1880 and was active in Sydney in the 1890s, producing etched views of the city, harbour, botanic gardens as well as the occasional still life. He died at Camden, NSW in 1918. Sidman’s oeuvre became known via a group of posthumous impressions printed by Basil Hall from original copper plates, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia in 1996.
This print depicts a group of historical Aboriginal objects including shields, boomerangs, and spears from New South Wales. Sidman possibly arranged and recorded the objects at a Sydney museum or a private collection. The objects have been arranged for their aesthetic effect, with their original function and significance secondary.
Where the work was made