- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Celestial Lane 1989
- Description of Featured Image
- A view of a short, narrow lane lined with buildings, with a row of three trees at right and a statue of a Chinese lion’s head in the lower right corner. The lane is blocked off at the end, and in the left distance is a tall building, capped on the corner by a small dome. At the upper right is a crescent moon. The sky is darkened with loose, scribbled hatching.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Papers mentioned in notes on this work in Amor’s intaglio record books: Fabriano paper.
Image size: 220 x 248 mm
Matrix size: 225 x 251 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
- Two states. Nominal edition of ten, but only four impressions printed and numbered, 1989.
- Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria 1993–94: Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts, Victorian and Tasmanian tour, 1993–94, no. 17.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: one state impression, numbered 1; ed. 4/10.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 3/10, with plate tone (2007.611).
Celestial Avenue, originally named Celestial Alley and called Celestial Lane here, is in Melbourne’s Chinatown district, an area frequented by students from the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in Amor’s time, for its cheap and good Chinese food. The facade of the domed building depicted in the distance identifies it as that of the old Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, but shown in reverse direction. Although the view presented in E.008 is recognizable to this day, Amor has taken liberties in his depiction of the place. The footpath with three pruned plane trees, the lion’s head, and the resulting perspectival adjustments are his elaborations.
A woodcut of the same title was made in 1989–90, and a drypoint, also bearing the same title, in 1991 (cat. no. E.055).
- Cityscapes & streetscapes, Melbourne, Streetscape
Record last updated 09/02/2021