The Sorceress
Christian Waller (nee Yandell)
Measurements: 23 x 19 cm
Medium: Woodblock
Production Year: 1922

Christian Waller (née Yandell) was born at Castlemaine in 1894. Her family moved to Bendigo in 1908, and the following year at the age of fourteen she had an oil painting exhibited at the Bendigo Art Gallery. In 1910 she enrolled in the drawing class at the National Gallery School, Melbourne under Frederick McCubbin, and in 1912 in the painting school under Bernard Hall. She met her husband Napier Waller while a student; they married in 1915. She is best known as a book and magazine illustrator, printmaker and stained glass designer; her relief prints were principally made in the 1920s.

During the 1920s Christian Waller became a leading book illustrator, winning acclaim as the first Australian artist to illustrate Alice in Wonderland (1924). Her work reflected Classical, Medieval, Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau influences. She also produced woodcuts and linocuts, including fine bookplates. From about 1928 she designed stained-glass windows. The Wallers travelled to London in 1929 to investigate the manufacture of stained glass at Whall & Whall Ltd's premises. They also visited Ireland to meet the mystic writers Lord Edward Dunsany and 'A.E.' (G. W. Russell). Returning to Australia via Italy, they studied the mosaics at Ravenna and Venice. Christian signed and exhibited her work under her maiden name until 1930, but thereafter used her married name.

This print was made around 1922 and is held in most of the major art institution collections in Australia. It is a rare piece and much sought after by collectors. Interestingly it is not editioned (the original edition is 35 prints) but this copy is dedicated "to TLEYC (see photos for detail).

Auction prices generally have this piece selling between $10,000 & $15,000.

Please message me with any questions. This item will only be sent via courier fully insured at buyers expense. Pickup is central Victoria. Inspections welcome.

Price: $8500.00

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