Ethel Spowers (Australian, 1890-1947) The Island of the Dead Linocut printed in blue-green, greyish blue, green, black and reddish brown, 1927, a richly inked impression, on thin white oriental laid, signed, titled 'The Island' and dated in pencil, with the artist's tablet monogram, with margins, 190 x 275mm (7 1/2 x 9 3/4in)(B)
Lot 104*
Ethel Spowers (Australian, 1890-1947) The Island of the Dead Linocut printed in blue-green, greyish blue, green, black and reddish brown, 1927, a richly inked impression, on thin white oriental laid, signed, titled 'The Island' and dated in pencil, with the artist's tablet monogram, with margins, 190 x 275mm (7 1/2 x 9 3/4in)(B)
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 52,494) inc. premium
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Ethel Spowers (Australian, 1890-1947)
The Island of the Dead (Coppel ES 9)
Linocut printed in blue-green, greyish blue, green, black and reddish brown, 1927, a richly inked impression, on thin white oriental laid, signed, titled 'The Island' and dated in pencil, with the artist's tablet monogram, with margins, 190 x 275mm (7 1/2 x 9 3/4in)(B)

Footnotes

  • "'The Island of the Dead' depicts the cemetery of the notorious penal colony of Port Arthur in Tasmania, which Marcus Clarke described in his nineteenth-century classic Australian novel 'For the Term of his Natural Life' (1874)."

    Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor School (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995), 170.

    We have found no record of an impression having come to the market.
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