Australia, England, France
29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963
Margaret Preston painted this portrait in 1930 at the request of the Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She confessed she was thrilled to receive the commission to paint what was, for her, an untested subject. As she later pointed out, '… my self-portrait is completed, but I am a flower painter – I am not a flower'. In a work as carefully designed and as uncompromising as the artist's still-lifes, Preston identifies and separates the essentials of her art: her brush and palette and a pot of wildflowers, a favourite subject, on the sill behind her.
oil on canvas
61.3 x 51.1 cm stretcher; 74.3 x 64.2 x 6.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, pencil "Margaret Preston/30".
Gift of the artist at the request of the Trustees 1930
Not on display
Referenced in 47 publications
Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, '1920-1930', pg. 25-49, Ringwood, 1985, 43 (colour illus.), 86. cat.no. O.10
Katrina Cashman., Margaret Preston in Mosman, 'Margaret Preston in Mosman', Mosman, 2002, (colour illus.). not paginated; no catalogue numbers
Deborah Edwards, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Moderns', pg. 103-104, Sydney, 2000, 104, 121 (colour illus.), 301.
Deborah Edwards, Art and Australia (Vol. 43, No. 1), 'Margaret Preston', pg. 103-107, Sydney, Sep 2005-Nov 2005, 105 (colour illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Uncommon Australians: towards an Australian portrait gallery, 'Margaret Preston', pg. 89, Sydney, 1992, 89 (colour illus). plate no. 56
Sasha Grishin, The Canberra times, 'The Preston question', pg. 8-9, Ainslie, 25 Sep 2005, 8 (illus.). 'Relax' lift out from Sunday edition.
Joan Kerr, Art Monthly Australia, 'The possibilities of a National Portrait Gallery', pg. 4-8, Canberra, Apr 1999, 7.
Rosemary Lloyd, Yearbook of comparative and general literature [Vol. 49, 2001], 'Objects in the mirror: gendering the still life', pg. 39-55, Bloomington, 2002, 47, 53 (illus.).
Alan McCulloch, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Paintings by the hundred', pg. 24, Sydney, 11 Sep 1963, 24 (illus.).
Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 66-85, Sydney, 2013, 90 (colour illus.), 315.
Hal Missingham, Art and Australia [series 5, vol. 1, no. 2], 'Margaret Preston', pg. 90-98, Sydney, Aug 1963, 92, 93 (illus.).
Hal Missingham, Artists by artists, Sydney, 1954, 20, 60 (illus.). cat.no. 57
Catriona Moore, Margaret Preston, 'Self Portrait', pg. 148, Sydney, 2005, 147, 148, 149 (colour illus.), 266.
William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), 'Galleries', pg. 179-214, Sydney, 1934, (illus.).
Timothy Morrell, Art Monthly Australia, 'To look within: Self portraits in Australia at the University of Queensland Art Museum', pg. 26-29, Canberra, Jul 2004, 27.
Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980, 25 (colour illus.), 48 (illus.). cat.no. O.28
Georgina Pemberton, H&H: Hoofs & horns, 'Portrait of a lady', pg. 128-129, Neutral Bay, Autumn 2005, 128 (colour illus.).
Peter Pinson, Australian painters of the twentieth century, Sydney, 2000, 24.
Margaret Preston., Exhibition of Australian women painters, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1946. cat.no. 27; titled 'Self portrait'
Andrew Sayers, To look within: self portraits in Australia, 'The artist's self-portrait in Australia', pg. 6-33, Brisbane, 2004, 18, 19 (colour illus.).
Andrew Sayers (Director), National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 1999, (colour illus.).
Tristan Sharp, Teaching history, 'Margaret Preston', pg. 4-5, Wareemba, Mar 2005, front cover (colour illus.).
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 31], Sydney, Mar 1930, (illus.). cat.no. 65
Mouse Art: Creating Art On The Computer, Sydney, 1998, plate no. 5 (colour illus.). NOTE: between pages 56-57
Duty Free - Australian Women Abroad, Sydney, 1996.
Art In Sight, Sydney, 1996, 141, 144, 145, 149, 151, 155, 171.
Cover Up: The art of magazine covers in Australia, Sydney, 1995, 21, 26-27, 95.
Author Unknown, South Australian Women Artists: 1890s - 1940s, Apr 1994, 11 (colour illus.). figure no. 11
Australian artist, 'Australian Icons at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg, 4-5, Chatswood, Aug 2000, 5 (colour illus.).
The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 1987, 17 (illus.).
Face to face: Australian portraits, Sydney, 1986, (colour illus.). cat.no. 6
Exhibitions events - Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Aug 2000-Oct 2000, 6 (colour illus., detail), 7.
Australian women artists 1840-1940, Collingwood, 1980, 136 (colour illus.), 175. plate no. 63
S.A.'s greats: the men and women of the North Terrace plaques, 'Margaret Presont (1875-1963), Artist', pg. 106, Kent Town, 2001, 106 (illus.).
The black swan of trespass: the emergence of Modernist painting in Australia to 1944, Sydney, 1979, 153, (colour illus.). plate no. I
Project 21: Women's images of women, Sydney, 1977, 2-3. cat.no. 31; Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Australian women artists: One hundred years 1840-1940, Melbourne, 1975, 28. cat.no. 48
Some interesting Australians: a loan collection of portraits, Melbourne, 1967. cat.no. 64; not paginated
The complete book of great Australian women: thirty-six women who changed the course of Australia, 'Margaret Rose Preston', pg. 547-563, Pymble, 2003, 547 (illus.), 557.
Margaret Preston: Catalogue raisonné of paintings, monotypes and ceramics, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). Artworks: paintings 1930.
The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 23 (colour illus.), 35.
Shimmering in a transformed light: writing the still life, 'Looking in, looking out: objects in the mirror', pg. 114-132, Ithaca, 2005, 126, 127 (illus.), 129. figure no. 13
Face: Australian portraits 1880-1960, Canberra, 2010, 92 (colour illus.).
The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Woman painter honoured', pg. 6, Sydney, 09 Apr 1930, (illus.).
Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 20.12.1929-11.5.1937, Sydney, 1929-1937, 1103 (20 December 1929), 1119 (28 February 1940).
Stravinsky's lunch, 'No Man's Land', pg. 177-202, Sydney, 1999, 191 (illus.), 192,.
Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 25.5.1923-28.11.1929, Sydney, 1923-1929, 1094-1095 (22 November 1929).