John Walker

Prahran 3


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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John Walker born 1939
Etching and aquatint on paper
Image: 450 × 298 mm
Purchased 1982

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These five prints belong to the 'The Prahan Etchings', a group of 23 etchings which Walker executed in 1981. Some of these prints were inspired by the figure of the young girl in Goya's painting 'Duchess of Alba'. Walker became fascinated by this painting as a student and copied it often. The way Walker abstracted this figure is clearly visible in Prahran 3. It reappears in Prahran 8, 12 and 17. Other prints in the series, notably Prahran 5, were loosely based on Velasquez's 'Las Meninas'. Walker called these prints 'Labyrinths', referring to the deep space which surrounds the figures. By referring to old master paintings Walker emphasises the continuity between art of the past and the present.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

P07749 No.3 from The Prahran Etchings 1981 [P07749-P07753; incomplete]

Five etchings from a suite of 23, printed by John Neeson and Ian Parry at Prahran College of Advanced Education, Victoria, published by the artist
Each inscribed ‘Walker 81’ b.r.
Purchased from Nigel Greenwood (Grant-in-Aid) 1982

P07749, etching with aquatint and open bite 17 3/4 × 11 1/2 (450 × 298) on paper 27 1/4 × 20 7/8 (695 × 527)
Inscribed ‘Prahran 3’ and ‘17/25’

Lit: John Walker Prints 1976–84, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, January–March 1985, nos.14, 16 (ill.p.27), 18, 20 and 23 (ill.p.31) respectively

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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