England 1887 – Australia 1944
Australia from 1915
The haunt of the heron
13/50 , published state
edition of 50
Signed lower right below image in pencil, 'A B Webb'. Not dated. Titled lower left below image in pencil, 'The Haunt of the Heron. Inscribed lower left below image in pencil, '13/50'.
printed image 18.4 (h) x 21.4 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
During the 1920s in Western Australia, English-born artist A. B. Webb produced a significant number of colour woodcuts printed in the Japanese manner. After migrating to Perth in 1915 for health reasons, Webb taught himself the woodcut technique, using handmade tools fashioned from hacksaw blades and umbrella ribs. His early prints used watercolour pigments and later he used oil-based inks. Webb’s works are characterised by their soft colours and subtle wood-grain texture.