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Tiffany’s Research Notes for “Desert Island”:
“Desert Island” is one Norman Lindsay’s most fascinating etchings, displaying his incredibly active imagination.
The subjects in Lindsay’s art often included fanciful and exotic settings and unusual beings that took the shape of interwoven human and animal forms, which is displayed in the reptilian humanoids in “Desert Island”.
A sense of intrigue is also created by the striking and almost hypnotic use of dark and light tones in this etching, making it fascinating for the eye to explore.
The original etchings of “Desert Island” (from which this facsimile etchings are reproduced) are exceedingly rare as the original edition published in 1933 was released in a very small estimated number of 36, much less than Lindsay’s usual edition number of 55, and creating the situation whereby the original etchings of “Desert Island” hardly ever surface for sale.
This has meant that the Limited Edition Facsimile Etchings of “Desert Island”, released in 2007, and now a sold out edition, are virtually the only way that lovers of Lindsay’s works can acquire the “Desert Island” image, one of Lindsay’s most mysterious and unforgettable images.