Christian WALLER, 'Perhaps it was the dark held out his hand, And morning came and stole his hand away'. Enlarge 1 /1

Christian WALLER

Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia 1894 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1954

  • England and Europe 1929-30
  • United States of America 1939-40

'Perhaps it was the dark held out his hand, And morning came and stole his hand away'. (1931) Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper linocut, printed in black ink, from one block Support: thin cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: proof
Edition: Edition of 50, signed and numbered on page 36 of the journal 'Manuscripts' (deluxe edition) no.1, November 1931. Edition of 700 published in standard edition titled in letterpress below; plus additional proofs

Edition Notes: This print, which is off-centre on the paper, appears to be a trial print of an illustration for Harry Tatlock Miller's poem 'A Poem-Sequence' that appears on pages 37 and 38 of the journal 'Manuscripts' (deluxe edition) no.1, November 1931. Tatlock Miller edited the journal and helped publish Waller's 'The great breath: a book of seven designs' (1932). The preliminary drawing for this print, which shows stars instead of the sun's rays, is in the NGA collection (1981.2877).
Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 19.7 h x 9.7 w cm sheet 28.0 h x 18.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1981
Accession No: NGA 81.2882
Provenance:
  • With the artist at her death in 1954.
  • Collection of Klytie Pate, niece of the artist.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne, November 1981.