- Place where the work was made
New South Wales
- circa 1925
- Media category
- Materials used
- woodcut, printed in black ink, from one block
- 4th proof
- 12.6 x 12.2 cm printed image
- Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.
- Gift of the Sweetapple family 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Margaret Rose Preston Estate/Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
This print by Margaret Preston is a modern image of the most historic street in Sydney. A line of vehicles rendered in rhythmical geometric forms, queues by a row of palms with a jumble of early colonial buildings including Sydney Hospital and Parliament House in the background.
Preston was interested in the modern city and made several images of the harbour and central Sydney in the mid 1920s. Using a flattened perspective influenced by the art of Japan, these prints conveyed a sense of modernity through the introduction of technology as a compositional element, combined with a ‘visual shorthand’ of motifs that suggested the particular qualities of Sydney, such as red-roofed houses, sparkling blue harbour, or in this case, sturdy palm trees. They were a marked contrast with the majority of Australian landscape pictures of the period in both subject and style, firmly establishing her as a major Australian modernist.
Where the work was made
Referenced in 6 publications
Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, p. 93. cat. 60
Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: A catalogue raisonné, revised and enlarged edition, Canberra, 2005, p.105. cat. 60
Nicholas Draffin, Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, South Melbourne, 1976, p. 31.
Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980, p. 53.
Art in Australia, Sydney, Sep 1926, p.56.
Australia Beautiful (The Home Easter Pictorial), Sydney, 1928, Sydney Number 1928, inside back cover (illus.).
Other works by Margaret Preston
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