Preston printed only the structural design of this image in black ink from a carved block, then applied the colour by hand to the resulting print, with gouache. This is one of relatively few landscape images made by her and of an even smaller number that celebrate the seductive colour and natural beauty of the harbour.
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured with gouache on thin ivory laid tissue
14th proof from an edition of 50, hand coloured
25.1 x 18.1 cm blockmark; 34.4 x 24.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed in block to print l.l., incised "PM". Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Dated l.l. beneath blockmark, pencil "... 25".
Gift of Mrs Alison Brown 1968
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 10 exhibitions
Sydney Harbour 1794-1979, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 03 Aug 1979–26 Aug 1979
Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Dec 1985–09 Feb 1986
Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990
Big Blue - the painted harbour (1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jun 1997–29 Mar 1998
Art Deco: from Sydney cinemas and pubs to skyscrapers, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 12 Jun 1999–05 Sep 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Margaret Preston in Mosman, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 07 Sep 2002–13 Oct 2002
Margaret Preston retrospective:
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
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
Referenced in 12 publications
Michaela Boland., Weekend Australian, 'Master cards', pg. 9, Sydney, 07 Sep 2013, 9.
Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 29, 31 (colour illus.), 87. cat.no. P.12; titled 'Sydney Heads'
Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 1987, 104 (colour illus.). cat.no.81
Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 17, 116 (colour illus.). cat.no. 81
Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 7 (colour illus.).
Katrina Cashman., Margaret Preston in Mosman, 'Margaret Preston in Mosman', Mosman, 2002, (colour illus.). not paginated; no catalogue numbers
Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 120 (colour illus.), 301.
Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 83 (colour illus.).
Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 67-85, Sydney, 2013, 74, 162 (colour illus.), 218, 315, 323.
Louise Tegart (Editor), Slow burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection, Sydney, 2010, 12, 14 (colour illus.). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression
The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.
Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 102