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Everlasting flowers

circa 1929


Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


Other Title

New South Wales everlasting flowers


circa 1929

Media category


Materials used

woodcut, black ink, hand coloured with gouache and black ink on thin white Japanese paper


2nd copy from an unknown edition, hand coloured


43.2 x 37.6 cm blockmark; 49.7 x 41.2 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed in block to print lower c., incised "MP.".
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 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 88 (colour illus.). P.22; titled 'New South Wales Everlasting flowers'

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 1987, 147 (colour illus.). 142

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 157 (colour illus.). 142

Nicholas Draffin, Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, South Melbourne, 1976, 37 (colour illus.). titled 'Native Everlastings, NSW (early 1930s)'

Deborah Edwards, Margaret Preston, 'Transitions 1920s', pg. 61-150, Sydney, 2005, 89 (colour illus.).

Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980, 24 (colour illus.), 54 (illus.). P.20; titled 'New South Wales Everlasting flowers'

Sydney Ure Smith, Margaret Preston: recent paintings, 1929, Sydney, 1929, (illus.). plate no. 2