Current Facsimile Etching
25.4 x 20.2 cm
Publisher: Odana Editions
Norman Lindsay Etchings: Catalogue Raisonné (Odana Editions and Josef Lebovic Gallery, 2006, cat.331)
Desert Island probably had its genesis in Norman's early reading. Coral Island, one of the first books which Norman had read and he quotes:
These first books colour all our after life. I feel a stirring of the heart now, when I recall their glories ... If I could get rid of the curse of an artistic conscience, acquired by years of striving after the visible aspects of life, I believe I would prefer to write dream books like Coral Island, if I were found worthy ...
The original etching of Desert Island is extremely rare and unusual. The original is marked as an edition of 55 but it is thought that the plate failed at 36. The central alluring female figure is Polynesian and as well as a pirate, a reptilian humanoid and harpie are included.
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