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Turkeys

TURKEYS

Accession ID:

1961.47

Name:

Turkeys

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Lionel Lindsay

Date:

undated

Description

Lionel Lindsay taught himself to etch and engrave in the 1890s while a student, immediately prior to his first trip to Spain and England. Lindsay's engraving style was greatly influenced by the English artist Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), one of the first wood engravers to use the end grain of the box-wood, and to engrave with a series of lines of varying width rather than cross hatching, in a technique know as the white line method. This was the central element of classic wood engraving, in which the very nature of the wood and the engraving process was central to the image. Unlike woodcutting, in which the surface of wood parallel to the grain is used, wood engraving is made upon the end grain of only the very hardest of timbers, usually box-wood. Most of the subject matter for Lindsay’s wood engravings came from around his home at Wahroonga. Many of his still-life arrangements and studies featured his pets, the birds in his garden whilst many of the fruits and vegetables were grown in his own garden. Lionel Lindsay’s wood engravings are among the best works of his career, especially his sophisticated and stylishly designed images of animals and birds.


History

Burdekin Bequest, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Bequest of Mr Norman Weekes Burdekin and Mrs Margaretta Emilie Burdekin. Signature: L.L.C. - Lionel Lindsay. Inscription: Norman Burdekin with compliments. Nov. 1927. Edition: 100


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