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Flowers in jug

(circa 1929)


Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


In 1913 Preston declared that 'Decorative work' was the 'only thing worth aiming for'. In pursuit of this aim in which abstract relationships were all-important, she arranged the flowers so that they radiate to create a strong design. Both Preston and Proctor advocated the display of wood and lino cuts in the modern home. Each copy of the book 'Margaret Preston: recent paintings', edited by Sydney Ure Smith and
published by Art in Australia in 1929, was accompanied by a woodcut of either this image or of 'Mosman bridge' c. 1927 for that purpose.


Other Title

Jug of flowers


(circa 1929)

Media category


Materials used

woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured in gouache on thin cream laid Japanese paper


from an edition of 125?, hand coloured


28.0 x 20.5 cm blockmark; 33.3 x 24.8 cm sheet [creased at top]

Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.


Purchased 1975


Not on display

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Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 152, 153 (colour illus.). 137

Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 11 (colour illus.).

Katrina Cashman., Margaret Preston in Mosman, 'Margaret Preston in Mosman', Mosman, 2002, (colour illus.). not paginated; no catalogue numbers

Sydney Ure Smith, Margaret Preston: recent paintings, 1929, Sydney, 1929, (colour illus.). plate no. 6; titled 'Jug of flowers'