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ROBERTSON, Constance (editor)

Ink. No. 1, 1932 (With two original woodcuts by Margaret Preston)

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Sydney : The Society of Women Writers of N.S.W. for the Friendly Fund, 1932. Quarto, later buckram, the original illustrated wrapper pasted on the upper board; pp. xii, 96; xiii – xxiv; illustrated in black and white, occasional scattered foxing, a very good copy.

An extraordinary gathering of women writers and artists who are listed on the vibrant cover, including May Gibbs, Katherine Susannah Prichard, M. Barnard Eldershaw, Mary Gilmore, Ethel Turner, Dulcie Deamer, Gladys Owen, Amy Mack, Margaret Preston, Thea Proctor, Zora Cross, Esther Paterson, Pixie O’Harris, Myra Morris, Ella Dwyer, and others, complemented by male compatriots including Kenneth Slessor, Unk White, Harry Julius, Will Mahoney, A. G. Stephens et al.

As noted by former Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia, Roger Butler ‘Ink, the magazine of the Society of Women Writers of New South Wales, published linocuts …’, including two magnificent large scale examples by Australia’s leading graphic artist Margaret Preston.

Featured on page 15 is a striking original woodcut by Margaret Preston occupying the entire page. Titled The garage, it measures 224 x 178 mm., and is signed in the image lower left ‘MP’. This original woodcut is listed in the catalogue raisonné of Margaret Preston’s woodblocks by Roger Butler, and is of an unknown edition. A hand-coloured version was also issued, signed and titled in the margin by Margaret Preston, of which at least seven impressions are known to be made (a copy inscribed ‘7th print’ was sold at auction in 1989 for $6600, Christies, Australian Paintings, Prints & Australian Craft, Melbourne, 09/05/1989, Lot No. 164). As noted by Butler, the Prestons moved to Berowra early in 1932, with The garage and The fountain being the first woodblocks Margaret Preston created in her new home (Butler, p. 171).

On page 83 is another original woodcut by Margaret Preston occupying the entire page. Titled Bossiaea, it measures 224 x 178 mm., and is signed in the image lower left ‘MP’. This original woodcut is listed in the catalogue raisonné of Margaret Preston’s woodblocks by Roger Butler, and is of an unknown edition. A hand-coloured version was also issued, signed and titled in the margin by Margaret Preston, of which there is only a single recorded example (it has appeared twice at auction, and last sold in 1994 for $3450, Christies, Australian and European Paintings, Prints & Photographs, Melbourne, 06/12/1994, Lot No. 6).

Reference : 

BUTLER, Roger. Printed. Images by Australian artists 1885 – 1955. Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, 2007, p. 196.

BUTLER, Roger. The prints of Margaret Preston : a catalogue raisonné. Canberra : National Gallery of Australia, 2005, p. 171 – 172 (both illustrated).

Butler 160 (The garage); Butler 162 (Bossiaea).

 

Provenance :

Walter Stone, eminent bibliophile, with a signed letter to him from Helen Frizell, former literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, thanking him for lending her the book, noting ‘It was infinitely more interesting than Ink 2, I’m afraid’, along with a newspaper cutting from the paper on Oct. 5, 1977, where Frizell reviewed Ink No. 2, the second issue published by the Society 45 years after Ink No. 1

by descent

acquired from the above