Gladys OWEN, The Sydney Bridge. Enlarge 1 /1

Gladys OWEN

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1889 – 1960

  • England, Europe 1922-24, 1926-30

The Sydney Bridge. 1932 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper wood-engraving, printed in black ink, from one block Support: thin cream laid oriental style paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: published state
Impression: 10/50
Edition: edition of 50

Primary Insc: signed lower right below printed image in black pencil, 'Gladys Owen'. not dated. inscribed lower left below printed image in black pencil, '10/50'. titled lower left edge black pencil, 'The SYDNEY BRIDGE [Pound symbol] 2.2.0'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 15.1 h x 19.8 w cm sheet 19.2 h x 28.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.710
Subject: Sydney Harbour Bridge
Image rights: © Estate of David Moore
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 1988.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened with much fanfare and celebration in 1932. The same year printmaker Gladys Owen produced her wood-engraving The Sydney Bridge, in which she draws on her love of architecture and design, focusing on just one of the pylons and the buildings that huddle around its monumental base.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra