The spirit of the plains
20 Aug 1871 - 23 Jan 1955
aquatint, etching, printed in brown ink on buff wove paper
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
© Estate of Sydney Long. Courtesy Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 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
Animals on paper: from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours:
Fin de Siècle: posters prints drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994
Heaven on Earth: Visions of Arcadia, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 01 Oct 2005–27 Nov 2005
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.). cat.no. 74; dated 1919, printed 1922
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.
Sarah Engledow', The world of Thea Proctor, 'The world of Thea Proctor', pg. 16-84, Canberra, 2005, 22.
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. cat.no. 50; titled 'The spirit of the plains'; dated 1919; edition 35/50 from the second plate
Sydney Long, The etched work of Sydney Long, A.R.E.: a complete catalogue of his etchings, Sydney, 1928, (illus.). cat.no. 16; titled 'The spirit of the plains'; dated 1918
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.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Animals on paper - from the Australian collection of prints, drawings and watercolours, Sydney, 1992. cat.no. 37
Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.
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
Unknown, The life and work of Sydney Long, 'Prints', pg. 105-118, Sydney, 1979, 109-110, 142 (illus.), 252. cat.no. 27; titled 'The spirit of the plains'; dated 1918; ANG edition 1/50 1st State, and 2nd State impression