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Bonmahon, Ireland

(circa 1916)


Margaret Preston

Australia, England, France

29 Apr 1875 - 28 May 1963


Margaret Preston remains one of the best known Australian artist-printmakers whose colour woodblock prints, monotypes, lino- and masonite cuts, stencils and screenprints were key to her reputation as one of the most important and influential modern
artists of her generation.

Preston’s first prints were a small number of etchings made while she was living in the UK in 1916, featuring small village scenes of Ireland and the Cotswolds. In 1915 she took a group of students to Bonmahon, a seaside village in the south of Ireland, where she held a summer school, and again the following year, staying for over eight months. The Gallery has three of these
early etchings in the collection.

from Anne Ryan, 'Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, Sydney 2007



(circa 1916)

Media category


Materials used

drypoint, printed in black ink with plate tone on cream laid paper


Edition unknown


10.0 x 15.0 cm platemark; 22.2 x 27.5 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Margaret R 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 6 publications


Elizabeth Butel, Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Ringwood, 1985, 16 (illus.), 86. P.1

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 60 (colour illus.), 74, 75 (colour illus.). 1

Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 1987, 64 (colour illus.). 1

Ian North, The art of Margaret Preston, South Australia, 1980, 52 (illus.). P.1

Rose Peel, Margaret Preston, ‘Drawing connections’, pg. 253-269, Sydney, 2005, 258 (colour illus.), 268.

Anne Ryan, Australian etchings and engravings 1880s–1930s from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2007, 62, 62 (colour illus.). 90