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The acrobats

(circa 1928-circa 1929)


Dorrit Black


23 Dec 1891 - 13 Sep 1951



(circa 1928-circa 1929)

Media category


Materials used

colour linocut, printed from four blocks on thin cream paper




25.1 x 17.7 cm image; 25.8 x 23.8 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.r. in image, pencil, "D B". Not dated.


Purchased 1967


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Dorrit Black

Works in the collection


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, 'The Grosvenor School and colour linocuts', pg. 198-205, Canberra, 2007, 205 (colour illus.). Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 23 (colour illus.).

Dennis Colsey, Hand and eye - a survey of artists materials and techniques: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1970, Sydney, 1969, (illus.). 50

Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the machine age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor school, 'The Australians: Dorrit Black, Ethel Spowers and Eveline Syme', pg. 65-68, England, 1995, (colour illus.); 152 (illus.). plate no. 30; DB 2; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995. no catalogue numbers; not paginated

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.

Tracey Lock-Weir, Dorrit Black: unseen forces, Adelaide, 2014, 143 (colour illus. detail), 150-51 (colour illus.), 152, 200 (cat. entry). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Steven Miller, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Sex, drugs and modern art: the Sydney galleries', pg. 174-183, Sydney, 2013, 178 (colour illus.), 310, 320.

Susan Sheridan, Along the Faultlines, Sydney, 1995, back cover (illus.).

Susannah Smith, Look, 'Women's work: their diverse and significant contribution to the modernist art scene', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Aug 2013, 14.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 11 Sep 1930, 7.