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An image of Sydney Heads (2) by Margaret Preston

Margaret Preston

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

Title
Sydney Heads (2)
Other titles:
Sydney Heads
Year
1925
Media category
Print
Materials used
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured with gouache on thin ivory laid tissue
Edition
14th proof from an edition of 50, hand coloured
Dimensions

25.1 x 18.6 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".
Credit
Gift of Mrs Alison Brown 1968
Accession number
DA16.1968
Copyright
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (12)

Michaela Boland., Weekend Australian, 'Master cards', pg. 9, Surry Hills, 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, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 83 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 120 (colour illus.), 301.

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

Exhibition history (9)

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