- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Self portrait (small) 1995
- Description of Featured Image
- A small frontal self portrait, showing the head of the artist and part of his shoulders; his shirt collar is open. Amor looks straight ahead, over his half-rim glasses. Although inscribed ‘7’, this is actually an impression of the fifth and final state of this print.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and burnishing on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: No papers identified.
Image size: 64 x 55 mm
Matrix size: 64 x 55 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio.
- Summary Edition Information
- Five states. Edition of ten numbered impressions, 1995.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: ten state impressions, numbered 1 through 10; bon à tirer impression; ed. 2/10.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 1/10, with dark plate tone (2007.683).
This is one of two intaglio self portraits started and completed in 1995, the other being a drypoint (cat. no. E.091). Both self portraits were drawn in front of a mirror, directly onto the copper plate. Amor decided on the miniature dimensions of E.096 as a deliberate exercise in picture making on a small scale; at the same time, this print was a conscious emulation of Rembrandt’s small self portrait etchings.
In taking E.096 through its five states, Amor continued his experimentation with plate tone and wiping, and this extended to the edition. The edition impressions vary conspicuously in their tonal depth: they range from impressions that are cleanly wiped to those that are printed with heavy plate tone.
The verso of the copper plate on which E.096 was made carries a cancelled etching depicting Meg Williams; this was never printed.
- Self portrait
Record last updated 30/07/2017