Lionel LINDSAY, Siesta. Enlarge 1 /1


Creswick, Victoria, Australia 1874 – Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia 1961

  • Europe 1902-03
  • Europe 1910
  • England, Europe 1925-27
  • North Africa, India, Europe 1928-30
  • Europe 1933-34

Siesta. 1924 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper wood-engraving, printed in black ink, from one block Support: thin laid paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: published state
Impression: ?/100
Edition: edition of 100

Primary Insc: signed lower left below printed image in black pencil, 'Lionel Lindsay'. not dated. titled lower centre below printed image in black pencil, 'Siesta'. inscribed lower right below printed image in black pencil, '100'.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: inscribed with Queale Bequest reference number verso lower right in black pencil, 127.
Dimensions: printed image 14.4 h x 10.4 w cm sheet 19.4 h x 15.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Bequest of Alan Queale, 1982.
Accession No: NGA 83.844
Subject: Collection: The Alan Queale collection of Lionel Lindsay etchings and wood-engravings, acquired 1982.
Image rights: © National Library of Australia
  • Alan Queale, Brisbane. Bequeathed to the Australian National Gallery by Alan Queale, Brisbane, 1982. Alan Queale Bequest accepted by the Australian National Gallery, 1983.

Look at this sleepy cat sitting on a window sill. The cat’s eyes are closed while it enjoys lazing in a favourite spot in the sun. Notice the work of art’s title. What is a siesta? Have you ever enjoyed a sleep in the afternoon? What would the cat be dreaming about?

The artist, Lionel Lindsay, was a very skilled printmaker who was often inspired by gardens and animals.

The other cat is eating some sea creatures called shrimps. The cat uses its paws to help it eat. Did you notice the basket behind the cat? What would the basket be used for?

Activity: Using lead pencils or charcoal draw what you think is inside the basket.

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