Castlereagh Street [Sydney]. Gayfield Shaw, 1885–1961 Aust.
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Castlereagh Street [Sydney]

1918. Etching, signed and dated in plate lower right, editioned “No. 1, second state. 30 prints” and signed in pencil in lower margin, 31.6 x 9.2cm. Minor rubbing to upper edge of image, slight foxing and soiling to margins with framing annotations in pencil.

Image held in the National Gallery of Art. Etcher and gallerist Gerrard “Gayfield” Shaw trained in art in Adelaide and moved to Sydney in 1908 where he attended the J.S. Watkins School. “Over the next ten years he became known for his printed bookplates, landscapes and street scenes. By August 1919, when he hosted Roland Wakelin and Roy de Maistre’s now-famous Colour in Art exhibition, he was a prominent connoisseur and dealer occupying premises in Penzance Chambers in Elizabeth Street [Sydney]. His art salon was an elegant oasis in the city, dotted with sofas, tables, prints and antiques. In early 1924, however, he devised a gallery from a covered van and took the first-ever show of paintings by Australian artists including Streeton and Roberts on the road, intending to cover a thousand miles through a dozen or so New South Wales country towns. The following year, Shaw disposed of his collection and took to farming in the Inverell district, but in 1929 he sold his property, Yangalala, to live for the next thirty years in Rose Bay.” Ref: National Portrait Gallery.

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Item #CL202-26

Price (AUD): $990.00  other currencies

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