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Harry ROSENGRAVE

Locksley, Victoria, Australia 1899 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1986

Harry ROSENGRAVE

Locksley, Victoria, Australia 1899 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1986

printer

Menura, the lyrebird. 1972 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper linocut, printed in colour inks, from six blocks Support: thick cream wove lithographic paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: 4/20
Edition: edition of 20 (30?)

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'H Rosengrave 1972'. Titled lower left below printed image in black pencil, 'Menura - The Lyrebird'. Inscribed lower centre below printed image in black pencil, '4-20'.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, 'Rosengrave 41' [41 encircled].
Dimensions: printed image 47.8 h x 58.5 w cm sheet 49.4 h x 61.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.243
Subject: Australia, Animal: Bird, Lyrebird
Provenance:
  • Collection of Harry Rosengrave (1899-1986).
  • The collection of 501 prints by 33 artists was formed in the 1950s and 60s, by the Melbourne artist Harry Rosengrave. Many of the prints were gifted or exchanged with his contemporaries who used the facilities of the print room of RMIT, Melbourne. The collection was well known among artists and the public had the opportunity to view many of the prints when they were exhibited at Hawthorn City Art Gallery, 10-25 May June 1979. Some of the prints in the collection suffered from smoke and water damage when the shed in which they were stored was set on fire. Rosengrave subsequently trimmed some sheets. The Australian National Gallery began negotiations with Rosengrave in 1973. These negotiations were resumed in 1985, the year before the artist’s death. Negotiations then continued with the family, facilitated by Niagara Lane Gallery, who had presented a retrospective of the artist’s prints in 1980.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the Rosengrave family, Melbourne, February 1986.