Fine Art

  • # 16550

    LINDSAY, Norman

    Imperia

    Etching, aquating, engraving and roulette, 198 x 226 mm, signed lower right, editioned lower left, titled lower centre. Created in 1920. Published in an edition of 50 copies. Bloomfield 209.

  • # 16487

    MAGUIRE, Alva; BENDIGO ART GALLERY

    Her Majesty’s territories : stereographic views of Australian sceneries

    Bendigo : Bendigo Art Gallery, 2013. Oblong octavo, decorative wrappers, 135 pp, mostly full-page colour photographic illustrations of J.H. Jones’ wonderful stereoviews of the Victorian goldfields region, Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, taken in the 1860s; essay by curator, Alva Maguire; an as new copy of this fine catalogue produced for the Bendigo Art Gallery’s exhibition …

  • # 16486

    MENDELSSOHN, Albert

    [TICHBORNE CASE] The great fight for £40,000 a year, between “Little Touchbone” the “Hampshire Infant” and Stoney-Hurst, the great Australian slogger.

    [Title from artist’s caption]. London : Albert Mendelssohn, [1871]. Albumen print photograph of a satirical cartoon (artist’s monogram W.L. in the image), carte de visite format, 63 x 103 mm (mount), artist’s manuscript caption across the bottom margin of the image, mount with blind stamp of ‘Albert Mendelssohn, London’; recto printed ‘Copyright Registered’; in fine condition. The …

  • # 16148

    DELPIRE, Pierre.

    Original design for an advertisement for Bally shoes.

    Paris, 1955. Gouache on paper, sheet size 350 x 255 mm, signed by the artist at lower right; verso with wet stamp of the commercial artist: ‘Pierre Delpire, 67 rue de la Barre, Enghien-les-bains’; unmounted, in good condition. Bally is a Swiss luxury fashion company, founded as ‘Bally & Co’ in 1851 by Carl Franz …

  • # 16386

    LINDSAY Norman (1879 - 1969)

    Surprise

    Pencil on paper, 195 x 165 cm, unsigned, framed. Certificate of authenticity on back of frame from Bloomfield Galleries, signed by Jane Bloomfield. A working sketch by Norman Lindsay illustrating a male figure on horseback being stopped in his tracks by an attractive nude young woman.

  • # 16355

    [GILL, S. T.].

    14 views of Old Adelaide.

    From sketches in 1840 – 1849 by S. T. Gill, F. R. Nixon, S. Calvert & O. Korn. [Adelaide] : E. S. Wigg & Son, n.d. [c.1880]. Oblong folio, gilt-lettered half-morocco and pebbled cloth boards (stain to front board), expertly recased, hinges strengthened, with the original binder’s ticket of Wigg & Son, Adelaide, patterned endpapers, …

  • # 16334

    FLEMING, W.

    “Treasure Trove”, found on fire and dismasted, by the Cape Mail ship “Celt”, off Sierra Leone, 1868

    Pen and ink and pencil on paper, sheet 200 x 320 mm, signed in ink at lower left W. Fleming, Passenger, and captioned in lower margin in the artist’s hand: “Treasure Trove” (iron ship) derelict, found on fire & dismasted, by the Cape Mail sp. “Celt” Captain Baynton, outward bound 23 Sep 1868 Lat 9. …

  • # 16204

    SABIN, S.P.

    Interior of a joss house, Shanghai, circa 1900

    Two silver albumen print photographs, each 105 x 146 mm, mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the Far East between 1900 and 1908, including S.S. Oriental, S.S. Coromandel and S.S. Sobraon; …

  • # 16201

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketches of crew members of RMS Oriental, circa 1900

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 210 x 270 mm (sheet), signed at centre ‘S.P. Sabin’ and initialled at botom right ‘S.P.S.’; and captioned by the artist in upper margin ‘P. & O. Beauties’ and below centre ‘The Ship’s bell’; unmounted; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a …

  • # 16199

    SABIN, S.P.

    Bird’s eye view of the Suez Canal

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 212 x 115 mm (sheet), captioned and signed in the image at right ‘Bird’s eye view of the Suez Canal. S.P. Sabin’; mounted on a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships …

  • # 16198

    SABIN, S.P.

    Humorous sketch made on board RMS Oriental, off the coast of China, circa 1900.

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 200 x 175 mm (sheet), initialled in pencil lower right ‘S.P.S.’ and captioned by the artist in the lower margin ‘Captain Vibert & his Siamese cats during a volcanic disturbance under the sea off the coast of China’; mounted on a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours …

  • # 16183

    Artist unknown

    Cunard liner Lusitania, torpedoed by Germans without warning May 7th 1915, 1441 lives lost, during the Great War.

    [Title from caption in the image]. [U.K. : artist unknown, 1915]. Reverse painted print on glass tile with applied mother-of-pearl shell, 178 x 178 mm, unframed; in good condition with no cracks in the glass or major blemishes, a small amount of paint loss confined to the edges. This anonymous work commemorates the infamous sinking …

  • # 16169

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    The first Scots Church and Burke and Wills monument, Collins Street East, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with contemporary inscription in pencil (in error) ‘Independent Ch. Collins Street’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with good tonal range, the mount with a tiny amount of foxing but in very good condition. This view, taken from opposite St. Michael’s Church (not …

  • # 16159

    SABIN, S.P.

    [SECOND ANGLO-BOER WAR] Original satirical drawing lampooning Kruger, depicting the Boer leader being humiliated by a British Tommy.

    [At sea, HMHS “Nubia”, circa 1901]. Watercolour and pencil on paper, sheet 127 x 103 mm, signed in the image lower right ‘S.P. Sabin’, the artist’s pencilled caption in the bottom margin: ‘”Lend me your ear,” the Briton said / “You’ve threatened me now have you meant it?” / And Kruger kindly bowed his head, …

  • # 16130

    MAYER, Luigi; AINSLIE, Robert, Sir

    Interesting views in Turkey, selected from the original drawings, taken for Sir Robert Ainslie, by Luigi Mayer with descriptions historical and illustrative.

    London : Printed for R. Bowyer, by Bensley and Son, 1819. Quarto, contemporary quarter morocco over marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn); original endpapers, half title ‘Views in Turkey’; lacking title page; [16] aquatint plates with contemporary hand colouring, pp 13 (essay ‘Turkey in Europe’), [16] (descriptions of plates), [1] (printer’s imprint); foxing to one …

  • # 16124

    Photographer unknown.

    Buchan Caves, Gippsland : photographic views of cave interiors

    [Victoria, Australia : Photographer and publisher unknown, circa 1947]. Seventeen black and white photographs, in format 55 x 84 mm, all with printed captions in the negative; in corner mounts (i.e. the photographs are removable) on 3 album pages; all in fine condition. The honeycomb of limestone caves located near the township of Bucan in …

  • # 16123

    Photographer unknown.

    Cave House, Jenolan, circa 1897

    Albumen print photograph, 205 x 155 mm, laid down on its original board mount; manuscript caption in negative ‘Cave House Jenolan’ followed by indistinct sequence number ‘1681’ (?); no photographer’s imprint; albumen print in good condition with a few light marks; mount with scattered foxing recto and verso. The Jenolan Caves, located in the Blue …

  • # 16085

    OLIVER, Mabel (1868 - 1956)

    Harrow

    Etching, 202 x 267 mm (plate line), signed in pencil lower left, edition 29 / 120, old mount adhesion to margins, not affecting the image. A charming view of Harrow School, London, with two students walking along the footpath with the school and chapel behind them. “Mabel Oliver was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, becoming in …

  • # 16065

    BEATO, Felice (English, born Italy, 1832-1909)

    [JAPANESE EXECUTIONS] Crucifixion & Gokumon

    [Title from caption in negative]. [Japan : Felice Beato, between 1863 and 1868]. Hand-coloured silver albumen print, 215 x 275 mm, laid down on a nineteenth century album page, contemporary inscription in pencil to mount ‘Japanese executions’; albumen print with short tear at bottom edge and some light creasing. The Anglo-Italian travelling photographer Felice (or …

  • # 16033

    BARBIER, George (1882-1932)

    La guirlande des mois. Cinquième année, 1921.

    Paris : Meynial, 1920. Duodecimo, pictorial silk, paper dust jacket, illustrated card slipcase (short split to top edge, otherwise very good), all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, pp 137, colour title page, 6 pochoir plates by Barbier; a fine copy. The final year of issue of the annual almanac, exquisitely illustrated by the master of art …

  • # 15833

    LETI, Bruno

    Casa

    2016. Oil on linen (two canvasses mounted together), 410 x 357 mm, framed, artist’s intials at lower right; signed in full by the artist on reverse, with date and title.  

  • # 16173

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    Melbourne Savings Bank, corner of Market Street and Flinders Lane West, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Savings Bank’; no photographer’s imprint; slight fading at the left hand edge, otherwise a strong albumen print with excellent …

  • # 16177

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    General Post Office, corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘P.O. Melbourne’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with good tonal range, the mount also in fine condition. …

  • # 16175

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    Library, Parliament House from gardens on corner of Albert and Spring Streets, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Parlt. House’; no photographer’s imprint; a superb albumen print with excellent tonal range, the mount also in fine condition. …

  • # 16168

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    Congregationalist Church and Burke and Wills monument, Collins Street East, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Mr. Henderson’s Ch.’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with good tonal range, the mount with a tiny …

  • # 16167

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    Bank of Victoria, Collins Street East, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Bank Victoria Melbourne’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with good tonal range, the mount with a small amount of pale foxing. The Bank of Victoria, at 34-36 Collins Street, was designed in the Renaissance Revival style by …

  • # 16174

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    Oriental Bank, corner of Queen Street and Flinders Lane, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Oriental Bank’; no photographer’s imprint; a strong albumen print with excellent tonal range, the mount also in …

  • # 16176

    NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902), attributed

    Treasury Building, Spring Street, Melbourne, late 1860s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 63 x 102 mm (mount); verso with imprint of ‘W.J. Norman, Wholesale and Retail Looking Glass and Picture Frame Manufacturer, 94 & 170 Elizabeth Street Melbourne’ and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Treasury Melbourne’; no photographer’s imprint; a superb albumen print with excellent tonal range, the mount also in fine condition. …

  • # 15021

    LINGWOOD SMITH, William Thomas, 1860-1933

    An important archive of photographs of Aboriginal subjects by police photographer W.T. Lingwood Smith, South Australia and Central Australia, circa 1900.

    William Thomas Lingwood Smith was a Detective Photographer in the South Australian Police Force from 1888 until his retirement in 1922. As early as 1894 he also pioneered fingerprinting in Australia, becoming an expert in the Criminal Investigation Branch of the South Australian Police Department. The quality of his little-known, non-commercial photographic portraits of indigenous people …

  • # 15815

    [Possibly Frederick FRITH, 1819-1871]

    Ivorytype portrait of Laura Lilias Scratchley, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Scratchley, Melbourne, January 1863.

    This masterful portrait of the beautiful Laura Lilias Scratchley, sister of Thomas Alexander Browne (the author ‘Rolf Boldrewood’), was created when she was 19 years and 4 months old, soon after her marriage to Lieutenant-Colonel Scratchley of the Royal Engineers (later Sir Peter Scratchley, colonial administrator). It is an extremely rare Australian example – the earliest known – of a …

  • # 15976

    WASHBOURNE, Thomas J.

    The Windfall

    [Title from caption on label]. [Victoria, Australia] : Thomas J. Washbourne, [circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph, 98 x 156 mm, laid down on its original card mount, verso with printed paper label ‘VICTORIAN VIEWS Photographed by T.J. Washbourne. Melbourne Depot : 89 Swanston Street’, bearing contemporary manuscript title of the work ‘The Windfall’; a second, …

  • # 16043

    OLDAY, John (1905-1977)

    Outsider John Olday exhibits 40 paintings, 70 drawings at the Royal Admiral Hotel [Adelaide], 10th March – 21st March, 1964.

    [Adelaide? Sydney? : The artist, 1964]. A series of [36] photographic postcards, in uniform 140 x 87 mm format, printed on high quality Agfa-Gevaert matte stock, with reproductions of Olday’s works, all captioned and initialled by the artist in pen; the postcards are loose but accompanied by what are presumably their original grey paper “wrappers”, each 140 …

  • # 15902

    SCOTT, Montagu

    Photographic portrait of Jane Selina Nathan, daughter of composer and music publisher Isaac Nathan and wife of Lord Howe Island pioneer settler Dr. John Foulis. Sydney, circa 1868.

    Albumen print photograph with hand coloring, carte de visite format, 103 x 65 mm (mount), 53 x 41 mm (oval image); verso with imprint of ‘Montagu Scott, Artist, 392 George St. Sydney, Photographer by Appointment to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’, and pencilled inscription in a contemporary hand ‘Jane Selina Nathan, Mrs. Foulis’; …

  • # 15714

    [SCOTT, Robert Falcon, 1868-1912]

    An album of photographs documenting Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, 1910-1913; [together with] A manuscript plan of the Discovery, and two letters of Scott relating to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04.

    1. A rare photographic chronicle of the most celebrated expedition in the history of polar exploration, Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913. Album of press photographs by various English and New Zealand agencies, 1910-1913. Small folio (310 x 220 mm), original green cloth boards (rubbed and …

  • # 14887

    MAN RAY; MIRO; ALECHINSKY; ERNST; ARMAN et al.

    Monument à Christophe Colomb et à Marcel Duchamp

    A stunning tribute to the great Dadaist, Duchamp, by his leading artistic contemporaries and close friends. Paris : Éditions Georges Visat, 1971. Folio, folding blue cloth portfolio with silver embroidered lettering ‘MD’ in matching slipcase, housing a blind-lettered card folio, housing fourteen folded paper sections, the first being the title sheet and colophon, the other …

  • # 16001

    CROFT, Thomas; TERRY, F.C. [Frederic Casemero] (artist), 1825-1869; SANDS & KENNY

    [EASTER ISLAND] Double Bay from South Head Road. [1853]

    Sydney & Melbourne: Sands & Kenny, [c.1867]. Illustrated letter paper, sheet 252 x 200 mm (lacking the blank third and fourth sides), steel engraving in black ink 118 x 168 mm (irregular), signed in image ‘Terry, del., 1853’; the letter paper is written on both remaining sides and bears a letter from the Tahiti-based merchant Thomas …

  • # 15867

    SOUBIE, Roger (1898-1984)

    [POSTER] Lolita

    [Paris] : Cinemato, 1962. Original full size (160 x 120 cm) lithographic poster; laid on card and framed. Original poster by Roger Soubie for the French release of Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. The film starred James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Soubie was a prolific cinema poster artist whose …

  • # 15938

    PICHON, G.

    Ce labyrinthe qui s’appelle peinture

    Bruxelles : Le Petit-château, 1948. Quarto, illustrated card portfolio (lightly toned), title sheet, 16 cards illustrated with original screenprints, each accompanied by 2 pages of text, colophon sheet. Limited to 50 numbered copies, of which this is number 6; a very good example. This witty and ingenious publication was printed under the direction of Guillaume …

  • # 15937

    DELAUNAY, Sonia (1885-1979)

    Original design by Sonia Delaunay

    Pen on paper, 90 x 75 mm, sheet 240 x 175 mm, initialled by the artist lower right and inscribed by her above the work ‘A Monsieur et Madame Jacob Baal Teshuva. Sonia Delaunay, Paris 20-12-69’; laid down on archival board. Delaunay’s sketched design, in the form of a monogram representing her initials ‘S D’, …

  • # 16051

    DYSON, Will (1880 - 1938)

    Psyching the Sphinx … or The Secret Revealed

    Etching, circa 1929 – 30, measuring 200 x 250 mm, signed lower right, captioned centre, framed. A rare Dyson etching, of which we can locate only two other copies, in the National Gallery of Australia and the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, both with an alternate title ‘The sweating Sphinx, or The Secret Revealed” and additional …

  • # 16050

    GILLRAY, James (1756 - 1815)

    Consequences of a successful French invasion

    No. 1. Plate 1st.  “We come to recover your long lost liberties” – Scene. The House of Commons. London: James Gillray, March 1st 1798. Etching printed in sanguine, 315 x 360 mm (edge of image, including text), trimmed, laid on paper, old creases and dicolouration, a few areas of loss to lower margin. A satirical …

  • # 16049

    HERBERT, Harold (1891 - 1945)

    “Bombed” Metalla

    Pencil drawing on paper, 265 x 302 mm (sheet), removed from a sketchbook, signed lower left, titled lower right. On verso Herbert has inscribed the title “Bombed Metalla” but has crossed the word ‘Bombed” out and renamed the work “Shelled Metalla 1941”. It is priced at £4 4s. Depicting the shelled township of Metallah, Palestine, in …

  • # 15862

    CHAMPION, Joseph; BICKHAM, George

    [CALLIGRAPHIC ENGRAVING] To the Practitioners in the Law.

    George Bickham : London, 1740 or 1741. Copperplate engraved leaf with a specimen of ‘The Secretary, or Law Running Hand’, from The Universal Penman, 415 x 255 mm (sheet), 325 x 200 mm (plate); numeral “3” in plate at top right; the example is engraved at the foot ‘J[oseph]. Champion / Carter Lane, near Doctor’s …

  • # 15985

    ARBUCKLE BROS.

    Trade card with map of Australia and illustrated cartouches, 1889

    New York : Arbuckle Bros., [copyright 1889]. Trade card, 68 x 138 mm, recto with chromolithographed design incorporating map of australia and images of kangaroo, black swan, gold miner and sheep; verso with information about Arbuckle Bros’ coffee; in very good condition. The map lists some places which today may seem obscure, but which around …

  • # 15859

    Photographer unknown.

    Tintype photograph of a woman in a makeshift studio with bluestone wall, painted backdrop and rustic props.

    [Victoria, Australia : photographer unknown, between 1880 and 1885]. Sixth plate tintype photograph, 100 x 60 mm, unmounted and in good condition. The tintype, a very cheap (but too often nasty) photographic process, became popular in North America during the Civil War period. It met with fairly limited success in Australia from the early 1880s to around 1900, but …

  • # 15960

    ROSE STEREOGRAPH CO.

    Great suffragette demonstration in London : The Empire Car (different colonies) passing through Trafalgar Square.

    Melbourne ; Sydney ; Wellington ; London : The Rose Stereograph Co., [1911]. Stereoscopic gelatin silver print photograph (mount 95 x 175 mm), from the series Great suffragette demonstration in London, serial no. 11,951, printed title beneath the images The Empire Car (different colonies) passing through Trafalgar Square, recto of mount imprinted The Rose Stereographs …

  • # 16023

    Anon.

    A group of humorous sketches by an Australian soldier, 1939-45.

    Pen and wash on faint-ruled paper, occupying 7 sides of 4 sheets removed from a notebook, with the artist’s captions in pen; a well-preserved group. The sketches depict scenes from the life of an Aussie soldier during military training.

  • # 16086

    Sydney from Milson’s Point

    Sydney & Melbourne : Sands & Kenny, [circa 1855]. Sheet of writing paper, 250 x 400 mm, folding into four pages (repair to fold), with steel engraved illustration (a faint impression), paper with mild toning, faint wet stamp of R. Clarke, publisher verso, else good. This engraving was made after F.C. Terry, who was commissioned …

  • # 16029

    NICHOLS, George (engraver and publisher)

    View of Melbourne from the St. Kilda Road

    Melbourne : George Nichols, [c.1870]. Illustrated letter paper, sheet 257 x 205 mm (folded in half), first side with steel engraved image in black ink 90 x 170 mm (irregular), in the image lower left ‘George Nichols’ and lower right ‘Melbourne’; printed caption beneath image ‘View of Melbourne from the St. Kilda Road’; remaining 3 sides …

  • # 16028

    ROSSETTI, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894; BEWICK, John, 1760-1795 (artist)

    [WOMBAT] O uommibatto

    [Title from first line of poem]. [Beecroft, N.S.W.] : Blackdawn Press, 1989. Edition limited to “50 copies for friends of the Blackdawn Press, 1989”. Broadsheet, 340 x 220 mm, hand-set and hand-printed for private circulation to friends of the printer; illustration reproduces Bewick’s engraving of a wombat; a fine copy. Text in Italian. It is …