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Adrian FEINT

Narrandera, New South Wales, Australia 1894 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1971

The collector. [The Connoisseur] 1925 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed in black ink, from one plate Support: cream laid paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: artist's proof E
Edition: edition of 50

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, 'Adrian Feint'. titled lower centre below plate-mark in black pencil, 'The Collector'. inscribed lower left below plate-mark in black pencil, 'Artists Proof E.'
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: plate-mark 26.6 h x 25.0 w cm sheet 32.7 h x 32.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.904
Subject: Australia, Art style: Painter-etchers 1860s-1938
Image rights: Courtesy the Estate of Adrian Feint
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne, May 1980.

Adrian Feint, a painter, printmaker, commercial artist and, for a time, gallery director, was a popular tastemaker. His work was always stylish, whether he was depicting fashionable goods in bright art deco rhythms for illustrations in The Home magazine,or the ex libris plates he produced for royalty and wealthy collectors. His 1925 etching The collector, possibly a self-portrait, shows a connoisseur surrounded by his prize possessions. In frock coat and top hat, with cane in hand, he examines a priceless treasure while in the foreground a table is massed with what he has selected as representing the good things in life. The fine working of the plate with exuberant decorative details intensifies the overall feeling of luxury and opulence.

Roger Butler

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002