- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- By the river 1995
- Description of Featured Image
- Positioned centrally, against a low horizon, is a massive, square pillar, which stands on a tongue of land that juts into an expanse of water. At the lower right, in the water, stands a square structure with a flat top. In the distance are cranes and other waterfront equipment. The sky is filled with billowing, stormy clouds.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Drypoint, etching and burnishing on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: No papers identified.
Image size: 220 x 330 mm
Matrix size: 221 x 330 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio.
- Summary Edition Information
- Three states. Nominal edition of ten, but only eight impressions printed and numbered, 1995.
- Niagara Galleries 1996: Niagara Galleries, Richmond (Melbourne), Rick Amor, 4–29 June 1996, no. 35.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: five state impressions, numbered 1/1, 2/1, 2, 3, 4; bon à tirer impression; ed. 3/10.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 4/10, with plate tone (2007.610).
The subject of E.101 is based on an oil, also titled By the river, that Amor painted on site in 1995. The print is one of several etchings depicting the area around Yarraville, a Melbourne suburb near the mouth of the Yarra River. The giant pillar at the centre of the composition belongs to the West Gate Bridge.
The composition of the first state of the etching, while summarily rendered, contains all of the principal features of the image. These are fully developed in the following state, which is dominated by the central pillar and a cloud-filled sky. The extent to which the clouds appear threatening in the three variant impressions of the second state is dependent on the amount of plate tone present, and on the wiping. In the case of the cleanly wiped impression (II.c), it appears that the plate was wiped clean so that the artist could see clearly the work on it before making final changes. These changes were implemented in the third and final state (inscribed as the bon à tirer impression), when the clouds, and other parts of the image, were significantly darkened with etching.
The edition impressions vary greatly between cleanly wiped impressions and those printed with plate tone.
For etchings by Amor that share certain details found in E.101, see Structure with vapour trails, 1993, reworked 1995 (cat. no. E.084), and Yarraville, 1994 (E.089).
- Port, West Gate Bridge, Melbourne, Yarra River, Melbourne, Yarraville
Record last updated 01/09/2017