Wailer's subject was taken from English poet William Morris' 'Sigurd the Volsung' (1876), his translation of the epic Icelandic narrative poem 'Volsunga saga' (from which Wagner's opera 'The ring' also originates). The only wood engraving made by the artist, it is remarkable for its monumental quality and for Wailer's mastery of this demanding technique with his left hand, due to loss of his right arm during World War I.
27.6 x 21.1 cm
Gift of Mrs Napier Waller 1977
Not on display
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate
Referenced in 2 publications
Kirsty Grant and Jason Smith, In relief: Australian wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts, Melbourne, 1997, 28 (colour illus.). titled 'The ring'; dated 1923; Collection of National Gallery of Victoria
Nicholas Draffin, Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, South Melbourne, 1976, 11, 25 (illus.). titled 'The ring'