- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- The city 1990
- Description of Featured Image
- A night-time scene in a city street surrounded by nineteenth-century buildings, with stone steps at the right and three pruned plane trees on the central verge. A decorative iron street lamp is attached to the building at left, and lights glow in a window in the far distance. In front of the distant building is the small figure of a young girl, with a striding figure in trousers behind her. Although inscribed ‘5’, this is actually an impression of the fourth and final state of this print.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and burnishing on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Papers mentioned in notes on this work in Amor’s intaglio record books: buff and cream BFK Rives papers, white Stonehenge paper and white Fabriano paper.
Image size: 154 x 205 mm
Matrix size: 155 x 205 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. Edition of ten numbered impressions, 1990.
- Niagara Galleries 1990: Niagara Galleries, Richmond (Melbourne), Rick Amor, opened 19 June 1990 [closing date not recorded], no. 16, ed. 1/10.
- Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria 1993–94: Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts, Victorian and Tasmanian tour, 1993–94, no. 23.
- 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. 8, ed. 8/10.
- Gary Catalano, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts (exh. cat.), Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, 1993, cat. no. 23, illus. p. 21 (but as cat. no. 22).
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: six state impressions, numbered 1 through 6; one undesignated state impression (maculature).
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide: ed. 10/10 (20155G135).
The subject of E.023 is closely related to that of an etching begun earlier in the same year, The city, 6 am (cat. no. E.019), its architectural features reconstituted or changed, but still recognizable. In place of the single tree at the centre of the earlier etching, there is now a deeply receding row of three trees, the one furthest away having three sharp, claw-like pruned branches, which introduce a note of incipient aggression. The two figures in both works have been identified by Amor as a former girlfriend, Genny, who was a gymnast, and her young daughter.
The composition of E.023 was largely resolved in the first state. However, the plate was re-etched in the third state, with the result that the image was rendered darker and more dramatic, with striking contrasts between light and dark.
A colour woodcut of the same title was made in 1991; however, that print shows a completely different composition.
For further discussion of the subject matter of E.023, see Comment in entry for cat. no. E.019.
- Landscape - urban, Melbourne
Record last updated 09/02/2021