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Australian gum blossom



Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


55.5 x 55.5 cm stretcher; 69.0 x 69.0 x 7.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, blue oil "M.PRESTON". Not dated.


Purchased 1928

Accession number


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 21 publications


Ann Elias, Sydney College of the Arts, Useless beauty: Flowers and Australian art, United Kingdom, 2015, 112, 241, plate 41 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 100 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of South Australia, Visions after light: Art in South Australia 1836-1981, Adelaide, 1981. 139

Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 39 (colour illus.), 86. O.9

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

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, 36 (illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 136, 137 (colour illus.), 145.

Deborah Edwards and Rose Peel, Margaret Preston: Catalogue raisonné of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). Artworks: paintings 1928

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 64 [Gallery No. 2]

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition, Sydney, 1942, 7. 9

Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980. 24

Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, Sydney, 2000. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue

Margaret Preston., Exhibition of Australian women painters, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1946. 29; titled 'Australian gum blossom'

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 9. 48

David Thomas, Deutscher and Hackett Fine art auction: Melbourne Wednesday 31 August 2011, Catalogue entry for Lot 16 Margaret Preston 'Thunbergia (black-eyed Susan)', pg. 44-45, Woollahra, Aug 2011, 44.

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 26], Sydney, Dec 1928, (illus.). not paginated

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 29], Sydney, Sep 1929, (illus.). not paginated

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 27], Sydney, Mar 1929, (illus.). not paginated

Unknown (Editor), Sun, 'Art Gallery Purchase', Sydney, 01 Jun 1928, 10.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'For the National Art Gallery.', Sydney, 02 Jun 1928, 18 (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Home: an Australian quarterly, Sydney, Mar 1928, cover (colour illus.).