Napier Wailer was one of the first artists in Australia to make and exhibit linocuts. This early example of his work and the adjacent 'The shepherd' are so finely cut that they were incorrectly identified as wood engravings when first exhibited in 1923 at Tyrrell's Gallery in Sydney.
linocut on paper
22.1 x 18.9 cm sheet :
0 - Whole, 22.1 cm (8 11/16")
0 - Whole, 18.9 cm (7 7/16")
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "M. Napier Waller.". Not dated.
Signed with monogram in block to print l.l., incised "MNW".
Not on display
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art 1890's-1930's, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1989–26 Nov 1989
Heaven on Earth: Visions of Arcadia, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 01 Oct 2005–27 Nov 2005
Referenced in 2 publications
Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, Sydney, Sep 1989, 64.
Grahame Kime., Heaven on earth: Visions of arcadia, 'Visions of Arcadia', Gymea, 2005. List of works; not paginated