The boat pool, Newcastle
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
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
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Referenced in 4 publications
Anne Ryan, Look, 'When prints ruled', pg. 25-27, Sydney, May 2007, 27 (colour illus.).
Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 28 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37
Unknown and Unknown, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 53 (colour illus.). cat.no. 41
Unknown, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated