Sydney Heads (2)
Australia, England, France
29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963
Preston printed only the structural design of this image in black ink from a carved block, then applied the colour by hand to the resulting print, with gouache. This is one of relatively few landscape images made by her and of an even smaller number that celebrate the seductive colour and natural beauty of the harbour.
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured with gouache on thin ivory laid tissue
14th proof from an edition of 50, hand coloured
25.1 x 18.1 cm blockmark; 34.4 x 24.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed in block to print l.l., incised "PM".
Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Dated l.l. beneath blockmark, pencil "... 25".
Gift of Mrs Alison Brown 1968
Not on display
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate, licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 12 exhibitions
Sydney Harbour 1794-1979, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 03 Aug 1979–26 Aug 1979
Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Dec 1985–09 Feb 1986
Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990
Big Blue - the painted harbour (1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jun 1997–29 Mar 1998
Art Deco: from Sydney cinemas and pubs to skyscrapers, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 12 Jun 1999–05 Sep 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Margaret Preston in Mosman, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman, 07 Sep 2002–13 Oct 2002
Margaret Preston retrospective:
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013
Destination Sydney, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 11 Dec 2015–21 Feb 2016
O'Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism:
- Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 11 Mar 2017–11 Jun 2017
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Jul 2017–02 Oct 2017
Referenced in 12 publications
Michaela Boland., Weekend Australian, 'Master cards', pg. 9, Sydney, 07 Sep 2013, 9.
Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 7 (colour illus.).
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, 120 (colour illus.), 301.
Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Making Sydney modern: the artistic shaping of the postwar city', pg. 67-85, Sydney, 2013, 74, 162 (colour illus.), 218, 315, 323.
The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 17, 116 (colour illus.). cat.no. 81
Slow burn: A century of Australian women artists from a private collection, Sydney, 2010, 12, 14 (colour illus.). NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression
Unknown (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.
Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 83 (colour illus.).
The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 1987, 104 (colour illus.). cat.no.81
Unknown, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 29, 31 (colour illus.), 87. cat.no. P.12; titled 'Sydney Heads'
Unknown, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 102