An image of Bonmahon, Ireland

Margaret Preston

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

Bonmahon, Ireland

Not on display
Further information

Margaret Preston remains one of the best known Australian artist-printmakers whose colour woodblock prints, monotypes, lino- and masonite cuts, stencils and screenprints were key to her reputation as one of the most important and influential modern
artists of her generation.

Preston’s first prints were a small number of etchings made while she was living in the UK in 1916, featuring small village scenes of Ireland and the Cotswolds. In 1915 she took a group of students to Bonmahon, a seaside village in the south of Ireland, where she held a summer school, and again the following year, staying for over eight months. The Gallery has three of these
early etchings in the collection.

from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007

(circa 1916)
drypoint, printed in black ink with plate tone on cream laid paper
10.0 x 15.0 cm platemark; 22.2 x 27.5 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Margaret R Preston". Not dated.

Purchased 1964
Accession number
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Copyright Agency