May Marsden

(Australia 1876 – 1968)

The boat pool, Newcastle

Not on display
Further information

May Marsden was born at Church-Stoke, Montgomeryshire, Wales and studied under Fred Simmonds at Wirksworth, Derbyshire and the Derby Central School of Art. She was awarded a teacher's certificate at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, London in 1897. She arrived in Australia in 1913 with her parents and settled in Sydney. She taught at a number of schools and was appointed a lecturer in art at Sydney Teachers College in 1915, where she remained until 1941; her students included James Gleeson, Rah Fizelle and Bernard Smith who remembers her keen interest in the modern movement. She exhibited with the Australian Watercolour Institute in Sydney.

A second etching 'Pyrmont Bridge' and a watercolour 'Magnolias' is in the Gallery's collection. 'The boat pool, Newcastle' was exhibited in 1929 with the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society, Sydney.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 1998

(circa 1929)
etching, printed in brown ink with plate tone on cream mulberry paper
17.3 x 22.4 cm platemark; 19.0 x 26.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "M Marsden". Not dated.

Gift of Portia M Bennett 1980
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