08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943
Arthur Streeton was born at Mt Duneed, Victoria in 1867, and was one of the key members of the Heidelberg School. Like many of his contemporaries, Streeton sought to develop his career in Europe after early success in Australia, moving to London in 1897 where he remained for more than 20 years.
In 1908 Streeton made two painting trips to Venice, the first being on his honeymoon in April. The city proved a compelling and fruitful subject and he spent a year painting it. Streeton’s Venetian works became one of the largest groups within his oeuvre, and were widely and well-reviewed when exhibited in London in 1909 (indeed, so much so that Streeton gathered the reviews together and printed them in a booklet sent to Australian gallery directors and collectors shortly thereafter). Many
Venetian paintings were shown in Melbourne at a successful exhibition 'Arthur Streeton's Venice' in 1909, with others the following year.
As a young man Streeton had trained as an apprentice lithographer in Melbourne (George Troedel and Co, from 1886-88) but did not make his own prints until he had been in London for more than a decade. In a letter to art collector Baldwin Spencer on 8 January 1913, Streeton enthused about Rembrandt etchings he had viewed in the British Museum, and commented on the profitable market for contemporary prints in London (A Galbally and A Gray, 'Letters from Smike' p.124). An interest in
making his own prints was sparked and he went on to create a number of etchings and lithographs.
Streeton is known to have made six editioned lithographs of English and Venetian scenes which he exhibited in April 1913 at the Ballie Gallery, London. Four of the lithographs were included in a 1925 exhibition at the Fine Art Society in Melbourne. It was noted in the catalogue for this show that the lithographs were printed in an edition of 12 by Thomas Robert Way (1861-1913), Whistler's lithographer, however, the printer is more likely to have been H P Bray, a skilled lithographer who
worked for Way's firm.
Rialto Bridge, Venice
from edition of 12
26.0 x 35.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed with monogram on stone to print l.l. 'AS'.
Signed in pencil l.l.
Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors Fund 2020
Not on display