Brighton, Victoria, Australia 1881 – Emerald, Victoria, Australia 1967
Standley Chasm, Northern Territory
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed in brown ink with plate-tone, from one plate Support: thin textured cream wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: unpublished state
Impression: undesignated impression
Edition: edition unknown
The perpendicular walls of the narrow Standley Chasm Angkale were a popular subject for many visiting artists, including Jessie Traill who featured it in an etching Standley Chasm, NT 1928 (National Gallery of Australia, Canberra).
Traill's composition uses the same starting point as Namatjira did in Standley Chasm (private collection, Alice Springs), a position within the gorge itself, which exposes a sapling angled across the gap. However, where she looks up, he gazes directly across, standing on higher ground. In his previous painting he included two large rocks in the floor of the chasm, obstacles that must be overcome to pass into the space beyond. Facing each other across the void, these rocks anchor and unite the pair of sheer walls.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra