Geraldine Rede (1874-1943)
Jessie Traill (1881-1967)
My find of this old little rabbits print in a car boot sale nearby by a lesser, obscured and forgotten printmaker, leading up to the finding of these three Australian ladies. First I show you two contemporate Lowlands rabbit prints. By the hand of Dutch Julie de Graag (1877-1924)
and through the wonderful eyes of German Fritz Lang (1877-1961).
In their times these Australian ladies belonged to or formed the early elite of Australian printmaking. They shared the same financial independancy thus devoting their lives and careers entirely to art. If you have 5 minutes to spare visiting this Link, http://dl.nfsa.gov.au/clip/hidden7 will be time well spend and a revelation.
Looking for more rabbits on prints I stumbled upon this little book titled "When Night Falls in the Ti-Tree" (publ. 1905), a booklet made in the best Japanese tradition, wonderfully and asymmetrically designed over both pages and containing some amazingly wonderful prints. Violet (Helen Evangeline) Teague and Geraldine Rede mentioned both as the printers. I show you some highlights of the 30 pages. Finding a good copy in the market will set you back some 16.500 AUD ($ 16,500, € 12,500) The existence of only 12 copies (surviving) explaining the price. Despite the quality (and importance) of both books and the publisher's efforts the edition of booklets probably never travelled beyond the families. In 1988 an affordable reprint (ISBN 0642130728) was made and is still available second hand when you make a search for it (Amazon).
The second (and related to the Ti-tree) book maybe even rarer: "A little book of trees" (publ. 1909) just 24 pages, 6 of them designed ore left blank to create maximum Japanese asymetrical effect, about native Australian trees, is by Geraldine Rede (1874-1943), who’s father’s portrait was painted by Violet Teague. The lay-out and general idea of both books is more or less similar and very Japanese in design and construction.
Violet also was befriended with Jessie (Constance Alicia) Traill (1881-1967) the most famous printmaker of the three (and student of Frank Brangwyn in London) but she was mainly known for her etchings and aquatints. She is mostly recognized, known and awarded because of her series of etchings depicting the consrtuction and building of Sidney Harbour Bridge between 1927 and 1932.