Norman Lindsay's "Rose Lindsay Bookplate" (etched circa 1919, published in 2001)

Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), artist, cartoonist, and writer, came from a family that produced five artists. Lindsay left home at sixteen to live with his brother in Melbourne. In 1901 he moved to his permanent home in the Blue Mountains, working for the Bulletin in an association that lasted almost to his death. His first novel was published in 1913, and by the 1920s he was both proficient and prolific in pen and ink drawing, etching, woodcuts, watercolours and sculpture. Lindsay rejected Christianity, and his art depicts Bohemianism and Arcadian pantheism madly admixed in a fantasy world. As early as 1904 his work was labelled blasphemous and deemed obscene. His frank renditions of female nudity and depictions of cavorting bacchanalia both scandalized and fascinated the conservative milieu and Australian bourgeoisie of his time. In 1930 his novel ‘Redheap’ was banned and the following year the police proceeded against an issue of Art and Australia that showcased his drawings. His enduring art, work and philosophical legacy remain popular with the art world, collectors and the general public alike. In this etching, Rose was the model. The original work was etched in 1919. Rose's interest in books had been aroused by the experience of observing Norman writing his first two successful novels, A Curate in Bohemia (1913) and The Magic Pudding (1918), and she began to take an interest in collecting her own books. Her bookplate is titled Lysistrata. On the two Mitchell Library proofs Norman printed 'Rose Lindsay her Book. NL' in ink, centre right. The original etching was never published. Reference: Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.59)

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