# 41492

PRESTON, Margaret (1875 - 1963)

Mosman Bridge N.S.W.

$35,000.00 AUD

Created circa 1927. Woodblock print on thin cream laid paper, hand coloured, 252 x 188 mm, signed in monogram in the image lower right, signed in pencil lower right. Framed.

Mosman Bridge, built up of a mosaic of clear, bright colour with a daring use of ngative space, creates intriguing ambiguities of perspective. The delicate calligraphy which describes the bridge and the expressive, undulating curves of the foliage in the foreground, show Preston’s unerring sense of design at its best.’ – Butel, p. 29

This woodcut is a fine view of north Sydney created by Margaret Preston while living in Mosman Bay following her marriage to William Preston in late 1919. The Prestons would live in Mosman for over forty years, and the urban natural environment by the water would form the subject of a number of her important works. ‘The Prestons’ move to Mosman in 1920 would prove a dominant influence on Margaret Preston’s artistic development, and it was certainly while living in Mosman that her reputation becaem firmly established as the most prominent Australian woman artist o fhte 1920s and 1930s. Mosman’s natural environs, proximity to the harbour and the city provided her with creative stimuli, the locale featuring in many prints during the 1920s. Preston’s vigorous, graphic and colourful representations of the suburb caused the art critic for ‘The Sun’ to comment in 1929 that ‘she has two or three landscapes of Mosman which it is certain would stagger the Mayor and Aldermen of that suburb’. – Katrina Cashman, Margaret Preston in Mosman.

Mosman Bridge was issued in two editions, a numbered and titled edition designed for exhibition, and an unnumbered edition which was included loose as part of the rare art publication Margaret Preston Recent Paintings (Sydney : Art in Australia, 1929). It is not known the size of the editions, Butler notes 125 copies of Margaret Preston Recent Paintings were meant to be issued with the print but ‘It is not known if the full edition was completed’.


Collections (other examples):

National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

National Gallery of Victoria

Mosman Art Gallery



Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne 1989.

Private collection, Melbourne


Selected literature (other examples illustrated):

BRACKENREG, John. The Alan Renshaw Bequest. Sydney : S. H. Ervin Museum and Art Gallery, 1979, catalogue 47 (illustrated on the front cover)

BUTEL, Elizabeth. Margaret Preston. Sydney : Imprint, 1995, p. 29

BUTLER, Roger. The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonne. Canberra : Australian National Gallery and Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1987, catalogue no. 113, p. 127 (illustrated)

BUTLER, Roger. The Prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonne. Canberra: National Gallery of Australia, 2005, catalogue no. 113, p. 137 (illustrated).

CASHMAN, Katrina. Margaret Preston in Mosman. Mosman Art Gallery, 2002, exhibition catalogue, unpaginated, (illustrated).

DEUTSCHER, Chris and BUTLER, Roger. A survey of Australian relief prints, 1900/1950. Melbourne : Deutscher Galleries, 1978, catalogue 28, p. 21 (illustrated)

DRAFFIN, Nicholas. Australian woodcuts and linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s. Melbourne : Sun Books, 1976, p. 35 (illustrated)

EDWARDS, Deborah et al. Margaret Preston. Sydney : Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005, pp. 82 (illustrated), 286.

EDWARDS, Deborah et al. Margaret Preston. Sydney : Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2016, pp. 82 (illustrated), 286.

EDWARDS, Deborah et al. Sydney moderns : art for a new world. Sydney : Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2013, p. 162 (illustrated)

HARDING, Lesley. Margaret Preston : recipes for food and art. Melbourne : Miegunyah Press, 2016, p. 105 (illustrated)

HARKNESS, Andree et al. Modern Australian women artists : paintings, prints and potters, the Andrae Harkness collection. Melbourne : Museum Victoria, 2020 (illustrated on the front cover)

Mosman Art Gallery : the creative circle. Gallery brochure (illustrated on the front cover)

NORTH, Ian. The art of Margaret Preston. Adelaide : Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1980, plate 13, p. 53 (illustrated)