C1884

Sketches at the Swimming Matches.

Very rare engraving of swimming baths, probably in Melbourne as the artist was resident there. From the original edition of The Australian Graphic. Incredibly, this newspaper used glass for all the engraving plates which the proprietors claimed, reduced the cost … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sketches at the Swimming Matches.

Date:

C1884

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving printed from a glass block

Image Size: 

233mm 
x 340mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sketches at the Swimming Matches. - Antique Print from 1884

Genuine antique
dated:

1884

Description:

Very rare engraving of swimming baths, probably in Melbourne as the artist was resident there.

From the original edition of The Australian Graphic.

Incredibly, this newspaper used glass for all the engraving plates which the proprietors claimed, reduced the cost by 2/3 from the traditional method of using wood engravings. They stated, that the glass plates didn’t break with the pressure of the printing press, were easy and quick for the artist to create, being able to apply their designs directly onto the glass and that the plates didn’t wear.

Only institution to hold a copy is the State Library of New South Wales.

John Julian Gibbs ( - 1887)

Little is known of Gibbs. He was a Melbourne artist who painted with members of the Heidelberg School and a member of 'Buonarotti Club'. The name of this club had been proposed by the founder, Cyrus Mason, to honour Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564), the great Italian sculptor, painter, draughtsman and architect. The Buonarotti Club was instigated in May 1883 at the Prince's Bridge Hotel (Young and Jackson's), on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, in Melbourne. It flourished for the next four years, eventually concluding its activities during September 1887. Members included Frederick McCubbin, Louis Abrahams, Tom Roberts and Jane Sutherland. Gibbs was tragically killed on a railway line while sleep walking.

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