- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- The city, 6 am
1990; reworked 1998
- Description of Featured Image
- A night-time scene in a city street bounded by nineteenth-century buildings, with a large, pruned plane tree to the right of centre. A window at the centre left margin is illuminated by a lamp with six circular globes. Outside the window, in the mid left distance, are the striding figures of a young girl and a second person who walks vigorously behind the girl, holding her outstretched hand.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge. Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching, burin, burnishing and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: White Fabriano paper with watermark: ‘CMF’ with star above, within a circle/oval; white BFK Rives paper with watermark: ‘BFK RIVES / FRANCE’. Other papers mentioned in notes on this work in Amor’s intaglio record books: cream Saunders paper and white Stonehenge paper.
Image size: 238 x 280 mm
Matrix size: 239 x 290 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.15 (1990, 1995, 1998)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor. States I through VII printed by Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge. State VIII printed in the Dunmoochin studio (two impressions) and in the Alphington studio (two impressions). Edition printed in the Dunmoochin studio. State IX printed in the Alphington studio.
- Summary Edition Information
- Nine states. Edition of ten numbered impressions, 1990.
- Niagara Galleries 1990: Niagara Galleries, Richmond (Melbourne), Rick Amor, opened 19 June 1990 [closing date not recorded], no. 15.
- Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria 1993–94: Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts, Victorian and Tasmanian tour, 1993–94, no. 27.
- 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. 14, reworked plate, dated 1990–95.
- Gary Catalano, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts (exh. cat.), Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, 1993, p. 23, fig. 27, and p. 34.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: eight state impressions, numbered 1, 5, 6 through 8, 10, 13, 14, all dated 1990; AP, dated 1990; AP III, dated 1990–98.
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne: AP, dated 1990 (P181-1990).
This etching belongs to a group of loosely related works depicting inner-city streets in which there are large, bare plane trees. Most of these views are nocturnal or set in the early morning, and their atmosphere is distinctly uneasy. The setting in E.019 is imagined, although the architecture is roughly based on that of Victoria’s Parliament House (built 1855–56), Melbourne.
Amor has said that the subject of this work occurred to him as the result of a vivid early-morning dream, and he has identified the two figures in the etching as a former girlfriend, Genny, and her young daughter. Genny was a long-legged gymnast, with hair cropped short, who often wore sports clothes; she is portrayed by the artist in a woodcut from 1984, titled Genny. However, despite Amor’s identification of the taller figure in E.019 as Genny, the figure has a decidedly masculine appearance, and this, given that the adult in the image looks to be tugging on the hand of the young girl, provides the scene with a sinister inflection. The atmosphere of disquiet in this print is heightened in an etched version of the subject that was made in 1990, but was begun slightly later than E.019: The city, 1990 (cat. no. E.023).
Record last updated 09/02/2021