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Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


Other Title

Still life group

Alternative title


Place where the work was made

Bibury Gloucestershire England



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


49.5 x 49.5 cm stretcher; 58.0 x 58.3 x 5.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "Margaret Preston [superimposed over "M. R. Macpherson"]/ 15".


Purchased 1920

Accession number


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 13 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 24 publications


Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, The City of Bathurst Art Gallery official opening, Bathurst, 1960. 22; titled 'Summer'

Ruby M Brown, Milk-free cooking: more than 100 dairy-free recipes, Birchgrove, 1991, front cover (colour illus.).

Janine Burke, Australian women artists 1840-1940, Collingwood, 1980, 137 (colour illus.), 175. titled 'Summer'

Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, (colour illus.), 85. 0.1; titled 'Summer'

Cecily Davis, Women artists of Australia, Victoria, 1992, front cover (colour illus.), 93 (colour illus.).

Chris Deutscher, Australian modern masters and 19th & 20th century Australian and International Fine Art: Fine Art auction 3 & 4 May 2000, Melbourne, 2000, 98. reference to work in association with lot 61 'Australian gum blossom' painted in 1929; colour illus. of lot 61 on pg. 99

Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'The Decorative Vision 1912-1919', pg. 35-60, Sydney, 2005, 48. 49 (colour illus.), 51, 52, 54.

Deborah Edwards and Rose Peel, Margaret Preston: Catalogue raisonné of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). Artworks: paintings 1916. Note in vernon artwork dated as 1915. Painting is titled 'Sunshine'. However it is also known as 'Summer' and 'Still life group'.

Ewing and George Paton Galleries, Australian women artists: One hundred years 1840-1940, Melbourne, 1975. 46; titled 'Summer'

Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia [series 5, vol. 1, no. 2], Sydney, Aug 1963, 91 (colour illus.). dated 1920

Lou Klepac, Barry Pearce, Bruce James, John McDonald, Peter Pinson, Gavin Fry, Sasha Grishin AM and Deborah Hart, Australian painters of the twentieth century, Sydney, 2000, 20, 21.

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Margaret Preston', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 29; not paginated; titled 'Summer'

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 152

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition, Sydney, 1942, 8. 23; titled 'Summer'

New English Art Club, Catalogue of the exhibition of modern pictures, held by the New English Art Club, London, 1916. 248; titled 'Sunshine'

Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980, 17 (colour illus.), 45 (illus.). 0.9; titled 'Summer'

Ursula Prunster, Classic Cézanne, 'Seeing Cézanne: Australian affinities', pg. 61-71, Sydney, 1998, 65, 67 (colour illus.). figure no. 29

Ursula Prunster, Australian painters; Seeing Cézanne, 'Modernism and travel: the 1920s', pg. 7-8, Sydney, 1998, 7, 14 (colour illus.), 31. 32; titled 'Summer'

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Royal Art Society of New South Wales 41st Annual Exhibition (1920), Sydney, 1920. 97; titled 'Summer'; price: 12 Gns.

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 164. 826; titled 'Summer'

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 22], Sydney, Dec 1927, (colour illus.). plate no. 3; titled 'Summer'

Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens and Charles Lloyd Jones (Editors), Art in Australia [vol. 1, no. 8], Sydney, 1920, (colour illus.). not paginated; titled 'Still life group'

Judith White, Look, 'In the Steps of the Master', pg. 18-19, Heidelberg, Dec 1998-Jan 1999, 19 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Royal Art Society', pg. 10, Sydney, 06 Aug 1920, 10. Review of Royal Art Society of New South Wale's 41st Annual Exhibition.