C1881

Desperate Encounter between a Diver and an Octopus, at Adelaide.

A dramatic image of an octopus attacking a diver reports such this have been made since the C13th. Collingridge was a painter, illustrator and teacher who became staff artist for the Illustrated London News and The Graphic, both very successful … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Desperate Encounter between a Diver and an Octopus, at Adelaide.

Date:

C1881

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

223mm 
x 225mm
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Desperate Encounter between a Diver and an Octopus, at Adelaide. - Antique Print from 1881

Genuine antique
dated:

1881

Description:

A dramatic image of an octopus attacking a diver reports such this have been made since the C13th. Collingridge was a painter, illustrator and teacher who became staff artist for the Illustrated London News and The Graphic, both very successful London newspapers, before emigrating to Australia. He founded the New South Wales Art Society and was staff artist of the Illustrated Sydney News.From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News. The Illustrated Sydney News, which was published from 1854 to 1889 and included a number of high quality engravings to illustrate the accompanying news and articles. It was issued on a monthly basis due to the time consuming process of having to engrave each illustration which would take one engraver between one and two weeks to make each one. Many famous Australian colonial artists and illustrators were employed in the making of them, such as Julian Ashton, Albert Cooke, Charles Conder, Samuel Calvert, Frank Mahony and Arthur Collingridge. The engravings provided a unique glimpse into colonial life, often depicting situations or scenes that were less than flattering, in contrast to the majority of sanctioned views that provided a sanitized portrayal of life in Australia. Increasingly expensive to produce, the few illustrated newspapers that made use of original engravings for their illustrations, and that survived the economic collapse of the late 1880’s found themselves competing against the new technology of photographic produced half-tone and lino type processes the illustrations. By the turn of the century most of the illustrated newspaper had closed. Due to their ephemeral nature few have survived.

Arthur Collingridge de Tourcey (1853 - 1907)

Collingridge was a painter, illustrator and teacher who became staff artist for the Illustrated London News and The Graphic both very successful London newspapers, before emigrating to Australia. He was one of several sons in an old Catholic family from Godington Manor, Oxfordshire. Like his brother George , he mostly dropped the 'de Tourcey’ in Australia. came to Sydney in 1879 where he worked as an illustrator for the Sydney Mail , the Town and Country Journal. He founded the New South Wales Art Society and was staff artist of the Illustrated Sydney News. Collingridge exhibited widely, mainly in New South Wales and was a founding member of the Royal Art Society of NSW 1880.

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