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The spirit of the plains

printed (1922)


Sydney Long

Australia, England

20 Aug 1871 - 23 Jan 1955


Place where the work was made

London England


printed (1922)

Media category


Materials used

aquatint, etching, printed in brown ink on buff wove paper


Artist's proof


17.7 x 35.1 cm platemark; 26.6 x 43.6 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Sydney Long ARE.". Not dated.


Gift of Miss B. Kelly 1958


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sydney Long

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Roger Butler, Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, 'Sydney Long and Australian Printmaking', pg. 73-76, Canberra, 2012, 73, 74, 163 (colour illus.). 74; dated 1919, printed 1922

Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 37 (colour illus.). printed in black ink; Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, 'The Antipodean Arcady / 'When Pan purloined Apollo's lyre'', pg. 8-31, Sydney, Sep 1989, 11, 64.

Sydney Long, The etched work of Sydney Long, A.R.E.: a complete catalogue of his etchings, Sydney, 1928, (illus.). 16; titled 'The spirit of the plains'; dated 1918

Sarah Engledow', The world of Thea Proctor, 'The world of Thea Proctor', pg. 16-84, Canberra, 2005, 22.

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.

Grahame Kime., Heaven on earth: Visions of arcadia, 'Visions of Arcadia', Gymea, 2005. List of works; not paginated

Richard King, The etchings of Sydney Long: the Richard King Collection, 'Sydney Long - the etcher', pg. 12-22, Goulburn, 1990, 13-14. 50; titled 'The spirit of the plains'; dated 1919; edition 35/50 from the second plate

Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992. 37

Joanna Mendelssohn, The life and work of Sydney Long, 'Prints', pg. 105-118, Sydney, 1979, 109-110, 142 (illus.), 252. 27; titled 'The spirit of the plains'; dated 1918; ANG edition 1/50 1st State, and 2nd State impression

Joanna Mendelssohn, Art & Australia, ‘Australian symbolism: the art of dreams’, pg. 309, Sydney, Summer 2012, 309. exhibition review; reference to the original painting

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Sydney Long: Arcadian myth and the decorative landscape’, pg. 110-122, Sydney, 2012, 116.