- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- House by the sea
2010; reworked 2011
- Description of Featured Image
- A small seaside house with a tripartite window, and a porch on the left, is set in the midst of ti-tree, with a huge hedge of cypresses in the background. In the foreground, to the right of the house, are two telegraph poles, and in front of it, on a grassy bank, is a dinghy. At the lower left is a twisted ti-tree. This is an impression from the second edition of the etching, after major changes were made to the background hedge.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: BFK Rives paper with watermark: ‘BFK RIVES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol; Velin Arches paper with watermark: ‘ARCHES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol.
Image size: 158 x 200 mm
Matrix size: 160 x 205 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.191 (2010), RAE.198 (2011)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- States I through IV printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio. First edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at Kate Herd’s studio, Alphington. State V printed by Amor in the Alphington studio. State VI printed by Amor in the Alphington studio (VI.a and VI.b) and by Rosalind Atkins at Kate Herd’s studio (VI.c). Second edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at Kate Herd’s studio.
- Summary Edition Information
- Six states. Two editions. First edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2010. Second edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2011.
- Art Gallery of South Australia 2016–17: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Rick Amor: Contemporary Romantic, 2 December 2016 – 30 April 2017 [no catalogue], ed. 5/10, 2010, and ed. 6/10, 2011.
- For an illustration of the painting House by the sea, 2011, see Philip Bacon Galleries, Rick Amor (exh. cat.), Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, 2014, p. 7, cat. no. 4.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: nine state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 1-6, 2-3, 2-4, 3-3, all dated 2010; ed. 4/10, dated 2010; three state impressions, numbered 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, all dated 2011; one undesignated proof with annotations, dated 2011; ed. 3/10, dated 2011.
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide: ed. 5/10, dated 2010 (promised gift); ed. 6/10, dated 2011 (promised gift).
The subject of this print does not represent an actual view but is an expression of Amor’s memories of the Mornington Peninsula before it became a region of – in his words – ‘vineyards, villages and craft shops’. It is the dark place of his memory: a landscape of emotion. The scene depicted is in fact based on views of Port Fairy, a township on the south-west coast of Victoria, far from Amor’s childhood home at Frankston. It was at Port Fairy that the artist photographed the trees, and painted the watercolour, that he used in composing this etching.
The first four states of the etching progressed in a relatively straightforward way towards the first edition, of 2010. However, from the beginning it was apparent that the scene depicted was a forsaken landscape: there is no sign of human presence, and the small boat, abandoned on a grassy bank, stands in front of an uninhabited house.
The idea for the great change to the background that was implemented in the penultimate state came early, with Amor making hand-drawn additions to the second state (2010). However, the amendments were not carried until 2011, after the printing of the first edition. In the fifth state of the print, the low hedge of trees in the background was transformed into a tall, irregular and all-encompassing hedge that looms like a dark tidal wave over the little house.
The final state of E.160 was the model for a painting of the same title, made in 2011 (Philip Bacon Galleries 2014).
- Boat, Landscape, Mornington Peninsula, Trees
Record last updated 03/10/2017