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An image of Flowers in jug by Margaret Preston

Margaret Preston

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

Flowers in jug
Other titles:
Jug of flowers
(circa 1929)
Media category
Materials used
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured in gouache on thin cream laid Japanese paper
from an edition of 125?, hand coloured

28.0 x 20.5 cm blockmark; 33.3 x 24.8 cm sheet [creased at top]

Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.
Purchased 1975
Accession number
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate
Not on display
Further information

In 1913 Preston declared that 'Decorative work' was the 'only thing worth aiming for'. In pursuit of this aim in which abstract relationships were all-important, she arranged the flowers so that they radiate to create a strong design. Both Preston and Proctor advocated the display of wood and lino cuts in the modern home. Each copy of the book 'Margaret Preston: recent paintings', edited by Sydney Ure Smith and
published by Art in Australia in 1929, was accompanied by a woodcut of either this image or of 'Mosman bridge' c. 1927 for that purpose.

Bibliography (4)

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 152, 153 (colour illus.). 137

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 11 (colour illus.).

Katrina Cashman., Margaret Preston in Mosman, 'Margaret Preston in Mosman', Mosman, 2002, (colour illus.). not paginated; no catalogue numbers

Sydney Ure Smith, Margaret Preston: recent paintings, 1929, Sydney, 1929, (colour illus.). plate no. 6; titled 'Jug of flowers'

Exhibition history (1)

Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010