Eric THAKE, An Opera House in every home. Enlarge 1 /1


Auburn, Victoria, Australia 1904 – Geelong, Victoria, Australia 1982

An Opera House in every home. 1972 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper linocut, printed in black ink, from one block Support: light-weight white wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression
Edition: edition unknown

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'Eric Thake 1972'. titled lower left below printed image in black pencil, ' 'An Opera House in every home.' .
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 13.8 h x 21.3 w cm sheet (folded in half) 14.7 h x 21.3 w cm sheet (open) 14.7 h x 42.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the artist 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1227
Subject: Australia, Printed ephemera: Greeting card: Christmas
  • Gift to the Acquisition Committee [Australian National Gallery], from the artist, Melbourne, 1973.

A year before the completion of the Opera House, Eric Thake applied a dose of irreverent Australian humour in his linocut An Opera House in every home - linking the inspiration for Australia's grandest building to dinner dishes stacked in the draining rack on the kitchen sink.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra