An image of Circular Quay

Margaret Preston

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

Circular Quay

Location
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

Year
(1925)
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand-coloured with gouache on thin ivory mulberry paper
Dimensions
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.
Credit
Purchased 1964
Accession number
DA28.1964
Copyright
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney