STREETON, Arthur (1867-1943)
The Arthur Streeton Catalogue. (With a holograph letter from Streeton to Mr. Politzer, regarding the creation of colour prints for this catalogue raisonné)
Melbourne : Arthur Streeton, 1935. Limited to 500 copies signed by the artist (this copy is no. 373). Quarto, gilt-lettered purple cloth covered boards (a little sunned, upper board with bumped bottom corner), pp 141, illustrated with numerous tipped-in colour and black-and-white plates, and with essays by J. S. Macdonald, Irwin Macdonald and Lionel Lindsay; very clean throughout, an exceptional copy; with an important autograph signed letter by Streeton tipped-in on the front free-endpaper, written in ink on his embossed letterhead with 17 Grange Road, Toorak address and dated 10 August 1928, to ‘Mr. Politzer’ (presumably Melbourne arts patron, writer and historian, Ludwig Louis Politzer, 1875-1954), explaining his plans for the present publishing project and requesting to see samples of Politzer’s colour printing; 1 page, quarto, a small amount of silverfishing, else complete and legible.
This monograph was self-published by Streeton as a catalogue raisonné of his known works to date, in an effort to stop the circulation of fakes which had plagued the artist. It is the first Australian work of its kind published, and a fine tribute to arguably Australia’s greatest landscape painter.
The manuscript letter by Streeton which accompanies the present copy is associated with the initial stages of the production of The Arthur Streeton Catalogue:
‘To Mr. Politzer,
Mr. W. H. Gill [art dealer, William Henry Gill], 100 Exhibition St. City, informed me that you were able to produce colour blocks for illustration by some new process. I am collecting colour prints for a book I want to publish with colour illustrations. I already have some 3 cokour blocks but I want more. Can you show me some of your work with prices? The work I want done is prints in colour taken from my pictures – landscapes. Please reply soon.
Most faithfully, Arthur Streeton’