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Reproduced courtesy of Estate of Norman Lindsay

FCV Lane Mermaid bookplate

Date: c 1945
Overall: 149 x 100 mm
Medium: Line block print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jeanne and Josef Lebovic courtesy Josef Lebovic Gallery
Object Copyright: © Estate of Norman Lindsay
Object Name: Bookplate
Object No: 00026231

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    Australian artist, author, and cartoonist Norman Lindsay (1879 -1969) designed this bookplate for his friend Frederick Claude Vivian Lane (1880-1969). Although well known for producing a prolific number of illustrations, cartoons, prints, drawings and paintings throughout his career, Lindsay also produced bookplates between 1897 and 1944.

    Frederick Lane was a champion Australian and Australasian swimmer before competing at the Paris Olympics in 1900. He was the only Australian swimmer competing at the Paris Games and won the first Olympic swimming event, the 200 metres freestyle as well as the 200 metre obstacle race. Gold medals had not yet become part of the Olympic tradition and Lane was instead presented with three bronze sculptures including a bronze horse, and a model of the Louvre. In 1902, he set a world record for 220 yards, and was first to swim the 100 yards in under 60 seconds.

    A master printer by trade, Lane wrote and produced a limited edition book 'The Bookplates of Norman Lindsay' which was printed in 1944 by the Hassell Press, Adelaide.

    HistoryFrederick Claude Vivian Lane (1880-1969) was born in Sydney. As a four year old he was saved from drowning in Sydney Harbour by his brother. This event led to Lane learning to swim and later competing in swimmming events as a schoolboy. He won numerous school swimming events and joined the East Sydney Amateur Swimming Club in 1895.

    After finishing school in 1896, Lane set an Australasian record of 64.8 seconds for 100 yards and won the 200 and 440 yards Freestyle championships of New South Wales and the Australasian 100 yards title at Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1898-89 he won all but one of the state freestyle titles and also won the mile championship in the Murrumbidgee River at Wagga Wagga. Mark Foy sponsored Lane in the English championships in 1899 where he won the 220 yards Freestyle title in a record time of 2 minutes and 38.2 seconds as well as the 440 yards salt water title. Lane went on to win the first Olympic swimming event, the 200 metres Freestyle race at the Paris Games in 1900. After the Olympics Lane continued to compete winning a over 400 trophies and breaking records for every distance from 100 yards to 1 mile and held seven or more world records, although only two were officially recognised.

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