An image of Circular Quay

Margaret Preston

(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)

Circular Quay

Not on display
Further information

Margaret Preston was one of the most innovative and prolific printmakers of her generation, producing etchings, monotypes, screenprints and stencil prints, as well as various types of relief prints, including woodcuts, linocuts and masonite cuts.

These classic images of Sydney Harbour were made by Preston in 1925 and are some of her best-known and most popular prints of Sydney. It was an important year for Preston and her activity as a printmaker, when she included sixty-five prints in a joint exhibition in Sydney and Melbourne with her friend and contemporary Thea Proctor, whom she had introduced to woodcuts. The exhibition received favourable critical comment and the prints attracted considerable public attention and appreciation.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

woodcut, printed in black ink, hand-coloured with gouache on thin ivory mulberry paper
24.7 x 24.4 cm blockmark; 34.8 x 29.5 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed in block to print l.l., incised "MP".
Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.

Purchased 1964
Accession number
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney