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Leonard FRENCH

Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1928

  • England, Ireland, Europe 1949-51
  • Asia 1960-61
  • Europe, England 1962-63
  • Japan, USA 1965

(Cyclops eye).
Collection Title: (Iliad Motifs): A group of 6 images on a single sheet
Place made: RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper lithograph, printed in black ink, from one plate Support: thin cream wove lithographic paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso, centre right in black pencil, '19-1/2 29-1/2' [underlined]. Inscribed lower right in black pencil, 'French 38', lower centre in black pencil, '39', lower left in black pencil, '40' and upper left in black pencil, '37', upper centre in black pencil, '36', upper right in black pencil, '35'.
Dimensions: plate-mark 34.6 h x 44.3 w cm sheet 35.5 h x 49.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.289.1
  • 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.