CONDER, Charles (1868-1909)
A dream of Araby
Transfer lithograph, c 1904. Printed in sanguine from one stone. Dimensions of printed image 214 x 310 mm. CONDER within image, lower left; signed Charles Conder lower left margin; no. 22 lower right margin. Printed in an edition of 50 copies. From the Carnival series, published in London by Ernest Brown & Phillips [Leicester Galleries], 1904 – 1906.
During his time in Australia (1884-90) the English artist Charles Conder became an important figure in the Australian art scene, not least because of the major part he played in the development of Melbourne’s Heidelberg School.
The National Gallery of Australia describes this lithograph as an ‘Oriental fantasy scene of a sultana lying on a couch playing with two birds, an oriental maid watches from nearby. A barque on the sea and a white palace are in the distance.’
Other examples may be found in the British Museum, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Private collection, Queensland
Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Melbourne, Early Australian Watercolours, Drawings and Prints, 2nd – 22nd June, 2008 (exhibition label verso)
Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Reed Family, Melbourne