The British Museum acquired one of these 'Dust' etchings from us for their permanent collection in 2010 (Registration number: 2010,7048.1).
‘These were done on rather thick copper plates and were etched quite deeply; There is quite a trench...I forget just how deep it was, but more than a thirty-second of an inch. It’s quite deep, so that when the ink is rolled on - or in - it comes out very embossed. You can run your fingers over it and feel a distinct bump. It looks the opposite of the scrape-method I use to get transparency; the shimmering light in the centre of Australia, by scraping back the crayons and washing with quick-drying dyes...but you still get something of the same interpenetration of light.’
- Sidney Nolan on the 'Dust' etchings, 21st of April 1978.
Sidney Nolan presented a complete set of the ‘Dust’ etchings to the Queensland Art Gallery in 1978. Lady Nolan also presented a complete set to the National Gallery of Victoria.