Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Prisoners on a projecting platform
(plate 10 from the series Carceri d’invenzione
(Imaginary prisons)) (detail) c. 1749–50 & 1761
etching, engraving, sulphur tint or open bite and burnishing on paper; fourth edition, 1800–09
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Morgan Thomas Bequest Fund, 1961

Print traditions—sources of Australian printmaking

14 June to 10 August 2008

Print traditions—sources of Australian printmaking brought together works by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778), Thomas Bewick (1753–1828), Charles Meryon (1821–1868), James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and Frank Brangwyn (1867–1956), with related images by Australian artists as a means of illustrating the different streams of influence that have contributed to the notably rich tradition of printmaking in Australia.