May Marsden

(Australia 1876 – 1968)

The boat pool, Newcastle

Location
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

Year
(circa 1929)
Media
Print
Medium
etching, printed in brown ink with plate tone on cream mulberry paper
Dimensions
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.

Credit
Gift of Portia M Bennett 1980
Accession number
215.1980