- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Sea structure 1992
- Description of Featured Image
- A railed platform stands in the sea, with the horizon visible in the far distance. On the platform are various navigational instruments. The sky is overcast, and clouds roll in from the right.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Drypoint and roulette on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Fabriano paper with watermark: ‘CMF’ with star above, within a circle/oval; Arches paper with watermark: ‘ARCHES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol.
Image size: 160 x 201 mm
Matrix size: 161 x 204 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge.
- Summary Edition Information
- Four states. Three editions. First edition: nominal edition of ten, but only two impressions printed and numbered, 1992. Second edition: edition of seven numbered impressions, 1992. Third edition: edition of eight numbered impressions, 1992.
- Niagara Galleries at IWOP 1997: Niagara Galleries at the International Works on Paper Fair, Mitchell Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 17–20 July 1997, no. 13 (third edition).
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: five state impressions, numbered 1 through 5; bon à tirer impression; ed. 2/7 (second edition, 1992); ed. 6/8 (third edition, 1992).
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 1/7, with plate tone (second edition, 1992) (2007.675); ed. 1/8 (third edition, 1992) (2007.674).
A drawing excursion down the Yarra River, taken by Amor and three of his artist friends on 20 February 1992, resulted in several drawings from which Amor later made prints; this drypoint is one of them. It is based on a quick, precisely dated pencil sketch of a structure that stood in the middle of the river at its mouth. It is difficult to identify the nature and purpose of this structure from the rough sketch, although Amor says that the function of the platform and its equipment was navigational. However, E.067 clearly shows that the artist was more interested in the geometric design of the structure than in describing its mechanisms. He depicts it standing in strict silhouette profile, looking like some kind of apparatus in outer space, but here firmly anchored in water.
There are two distinct versions of the image in this print, with these corresponding to the third and fourth states of the drypoint, and thus to the second and third editions, respectively. The first version shows the subject with a blank sky and relatively still water; in the second, the sky is filled with clouds, and the sea is choppy. While E.067 was taken through only four states, Amor printed many variant impressions, both within the states and within the three editions of the print – with each of these impressions being differently wiped, whether slightly or considerably.
E.067 was made on the verso of the copper plate used for the drypoint AS (Andrew Southall), 1992 (cat. no. E.061).
The other intaglio prints that resulted from Amor’s drawing excursion on the Yarra in February 1992 are River marker, 1992 (cat. no. E.065), and Sea structures, 1992 (cat. no. E.069).
- River, Sea, Yarra River, Melbourne
Record last updated 18/08/2017