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Macquarie Street

circa 1925


Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    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

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  • About

    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.

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  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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