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The boat pool, Newcastle

(circa 1929)


May Marsden


1876 - 1968


May Marsden was born at Church-Stoke, Montgomeryshire, Wales and studied under Fred Simmonds at Wirksworth, Derbyshire and the Derby Central School of Art. She was awarded a teacher's certificate at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, London in 1897. She arrived in Australia in 1913 with her parents and settled in Sydney. She taught at a number of schools and was appointed a lecturer in art at Sydney Teachers College in 1915, where she remained until 1941; her students included James Gleeson, Rah Fizelle and Bernard Smith who remembers her keen interest in the modern movement. She exhibited with the Australian Watercolour Institute in Sydney.

A second etching 'Pyrmont Bridge' and a watercolour 'Magnolias' is in the Gallery's collection. 'The boat pool, Newcastle' was exhibited in 1929 with the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society, Sydney.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 1998



(circa 1929)

Media category


Materials used

etching, printed in brown ink with plate tone on cream mulberry paper


edition number unknown


17.3 x 22.4 cm platemark; 19.0 x 26.3 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "M Marsden". Not dated.


Gift of Portia M Bennett 1980


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

May Marsden

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 53 (colour illus.). 41

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 28 (colour illus.). 37

Anne Ryan, Look, 'When prints ruled', pg. 25-27, Sydney, May 2007, 27 (colour illus.).

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated