Jessie TRAILL, Possum time (hand-made envelope). Enlarge 1 /3
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Brighton, Victoria, Australia 1881 – Emerald, Victoria, Australia 1967

  • England, Europe frequently after 1906

Possum time (hand-made envelope). 1930 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed in brown ink with plate-tone, from one plate Support: thin cream wove paper folded into envelope
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: working state

Edition Notes: The artist has blocked out most of the image with a sheet of paper before printing. Only the bottom two centimetres has a printed image and even this has a small section blocked out so the inscription could be inserted. The sheet was then folded into an envelope so the image appeared on the top of the back with the inscription being the address of the sender.
Primary Insc: not signed. not dated. inscribed lower left within image in black brush and ink, ''Stronsa' / Bay Rd'. inscribed verso centre in black ink pen, 'To Miss Ruth Hollic and Miss D Izard / Chartres House / 163 Collins St / Melbourne / C.I'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: sheet (folded) 14.2 h x 16.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Bridget McDonnell, 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.311.1.2
Subject: Australia, Art style: Painter-etchers 1860s-1938
Image rights: © Jessie Traill. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Gift to Ruth Hollich, from Jesse Traill.
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Bridget McDonnell, Melbourne, June 2008.