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Gum blossoms



Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


Other Title

Gum blossom



Media category


Materials used

woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured in gouache on thin cream laid paper


21st proof from an unknown edition, hand coloured


27.4 x 26.3 cm blockmark (irreg.); 38.7 x 30.6 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.


Purchased 1964


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Margaret Preston

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 88. P.19

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 145 (colour illus.). 124

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 1987, 125 (colour illus.). 124

Katrina Cashman., Margaret Preston in Mosman, 'Margaret Preston in Mosman', Mosman, 2002, (colour illus.). private collection; titled 'Gum Blossom'; not paginated; no catalogue numbers

Nicolas Draffin, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 109-124, Sydney, 1988, 123 (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 88 (colour illus.), 127.

Josef Lebovic, Australian women printmakers, 'Foreword', pg. 2, Sydney, 1988, 12. 94a; NOTE: this is not the AGNSW impression.

Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 42 (colour illus.).

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 26], Sydney, Dec 1928, 121 (illus.). Advertisement for Grosvenor Galleries

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Home: an Australian quarterly, Sydney, Dec 1928, 25 (illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Home : an Australian quarterly, Sydney, Dec 1932, 84 (illus.). titled 'Gum blossom'