John SHIRLOW, Kelly's Stairs. Enlarge 1 /1


Sunbury, Victoria, Australia 1869 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1936

Kelly's Stairs. [Kelly's Steps, Hobart.] c.1929
Collection Title: Album of original art works assembled by R H Croll
Page: page 22
Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: albums, prints, ink; paper etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate Support: thin cream 'chinese' paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression

Primary Insc: signed lower centre below plate-mark in black pencil, 'John Shirlow'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: inscribed on album page by R.H. Croll in black pencil, 'Etched by John Shirlow in Hobart, Tasmania (Chinese Paper)'.
Dimensions: plate-mark 17.6 h x 19.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Roger Butler 1996
Accession No: NGA 96.592.31
Subject: Australia, Art style: Painter-etchers 1860s-1938
  • The album was assembled by Robert Henderson Croll (1869-1947), writer, biorgrapher, art historian. (see ADB, vol.8, pp154-5).
  • The Croll estate was sold by the book dealer Kenneth Hince (Melbourne) and Malvern Fine Art Gallery Melbourne.
  • The album was acquired by Roger Butler from Malvern Fine Art Gallery prior to 1981.
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Roger Butler, Canberra, June 1996.