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Still life



Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


Other Title

Still life with fruit

Place where the work was made

Mosman Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


50.8 x 56.0 cm stretcher; 67.6 x 72.5 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, grey oil "M PRESTON/ 1926".


Bequest of Adrian Feint 1972


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 41 (colour illus.), 84. O.6

Paula Dredge, Margaret Sawicki, Steven Miller and Lindsay Parker, S.A. Parker Framing Works, 'Works in the collection with known Parker frames', pg. 27-68, Sydney, 2004, 59 (illus.).

Deborah Edwards and Rose Peel, Margaret Preston: Catalogue raisonné of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). Artworks: paintings 1926.

Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 2, 3 (colour illus.), 122, 116, 117 (colour illus.), 283.

Grosvenor Gallery, A group of modern painters, Sydney, 1926. 15; titled 'Still life'; NFS

Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [series 5, vol. 1, no. 2], Sydney, Aug 1963, 95 (colour illus.).

John McDonald, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Margaret Preston', pg. 16-27, Sydney, 2000, 20 (colour illus.).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition, Sydney, 1942, 9. 27; titled 'Still life with fruit'; Lent by Adrian Feint

Vicki Peterson and Tim Spong, Food combining: food combining for dynamic energy, weight loss and vitality at any age, Birchgrove, 1990, front cover (colour illus.).

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 22], Sydney, Dec 1927, (colour illus.). Margaret Preston Number; plate no. 11

Gavin Wilson, Cuisine & country: a gastronomic venture in Australian art, 'Cuisine & Country', pg. 9-66, New South Wales, 2008, 4 (colour illus.), 88.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Home annual: Australian life and scenery, Sydney, Oct 1935, 29 (colour illus.). titled 'Flowers and fruit'