C1938

[Gums]

Rare, large watercolour by Alfred Edward (Ernest) Warner of an Australian bush landscape with gum trees and sheep. He and his wife had travelled in a caravan around New South Wales and Victoria in the 1930s painting and sketching material … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Gums]

Date:

C1938

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original watercolour unsigned.

Image Size: 

395mm 
x 307mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Gums] - Vintage Painting from 1938

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1938

Description:

Rare, large watercolour by Alfred Edward (Ernest) Warner of an Australian bush landscape with gum trees and sheep. He and his wife had travelled in a caravan around New South Wales and Victoria in the 1930s painting and sketching material for his etchings. Warner made numerous etchings of the bush incorporating compositions such as this watercolour. Although unsigned this watercolour was from the same collection as others which were signed. His work is held in most institutional collections in Australia.

References:
McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 1002

Held in the following institutional collections:
Art Gallery of NSW. Sydney, NSW, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Power House Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Alfred Edward (Ernest) Warner (1879 - 1968)

Warner was born in London 27 May 1879, and known as, ‘Teddy’ to friends. He studied printing and commercial art at a local Polytechnic college. He learnt the techniques of stone lithography, woodcut printing, etching, airbrush techniques and scraperboard. By the time he married, he ran his own commercial studio in London. In 1911 he travelled to Australia with his in-laws. Finding employment opportunities difficult, he moved to Auckland, New Zealand where he was head of job-printing at ‘The Star’. It was at this time he made his first etchings. Returning to Australia in about 1919, he worked as a commercial artist. In c.1922 he once more began etching and exhibiting, earning a considerable reputation for his work. In 1930 his daughter began to help in the studio preparing plates and printing and in 1936 he was joined by his son, who printed many works. In the mid 1930s Alfred Warner and his wife travelled in a caravan around NSW and Victoria collecting material for his prints. In the late 1930s he produced a series of colour linocuts. Designed by Alfred they were cut by his daughter and printed by his son - hence the signature, ‘The Warners’. During the depression years Warner also produced popular etchings under the pseudonyms RALPH MALCOLM WARNER, C. JACK, C. J. DODD, BRUETON, G. MARLER and G. MARTIN. There were also a range of unsigned cards. Warner also produced screenprints towards the end of the 1930s, having taught himself from American magazines. He specialised in producing photographic stencils and also sold screenprinting equipment that he designed and made. He does not seem to have made any relief prints and only a few etchings after 1938. Warner died in 1968. Roger Butler, Prints and printmaking NGA, 2009

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