Sydney Ure Smith
Art in Australia : Ninth number.
Edited by Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens & C. Lloyd Jones. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1921. Octavo, pictorial card wrappers, unpaginated, illustrated with tipped-in colour plates, plus b/w plates, an excellent copy. Essay by Lionel Lindsay on the Art of Etching; essay by Bertram Stevens on Etching in Australia; essay by Maurice Hurst on Etching in New Zealand; copiously illustrated with works by Norman Lindsay, Heysen, Van Raalte, Cobb, Gruner, Lionel Lindsay, Rembrandt Van Ryn, Ashton, et al.
A fine copy.
Art in Australia was conceived by Sydney Ure Smith as a flagship for Australian painting and graphic art, and has become the most important resource on Australian art in the first half of the twentieth century. Robert Holden writes ‘The magazine became a showcase of Australian printing ability and set new standards of advertising excellence …‘ Artistic layout, quality graphic work in colour, an harmonious choice of typography and carefully worded text were all combined …’ (Cover Up, Sydney: 1995, p. 74).
For over a quarter of a century, and through its different formats, Art in Australia reviewed and discussed all aspects of Australian art exhibited in both commercial public galleries. Its longevity as a journal was due to its modern approach to design, with many covers being icons of art deco style in themselves.