CIRCULAR QUAY, SYDNEY, 1925

Important Australian Works of Art from the Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC
Sydney
30 August 2017
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MARGARET PRESTON

(1875 – 1963)
CIRCULAR QUAY, SYDNEY, 1925

hand-coloured woodcut

24.0 x 24.5 cm

signed with initials in image lower left: M.P.
signed, dated, numbered and inscribed with title under image: Circular Quay Sydney - N S W Margaret Preston / 1st Proof 1925

Estimate: 
$20,000 – 30,000
Provenance

Private collection
Christie’s, Sydney, 14 November 1988, lot 125
The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, New South Wales

Exhibited

Thea Proctor and Margaret Preston Exhibition, The New Gallery, Melbourne 24 November – 5 December 1925, cat. 9 (another example)
Exhibition of Woodcuts by Margaret Preston, Dunster Galleries, Adelaide, September 1926, cat. 57 (another example)
Australian Painter- Etcher’s Society Annual Exhibition, Education Department’s Art Gallery, Sydney, 8 – 23 June 1928, cat. 233 (another example)
Sydney Harbour Bridge Celebrations, Education Department’s Art Gallery, Sydney, 21 March – 3 April 1932, cat. 143 (another example)
Work by Four Artists, 52a Collins St, Melbourne, November 1932, cat. 12 (another example)
Exhibition of Etchings, Woodcuts etc. by Margaret Preston [and others], The Sedon Galleries, Melbourne, 12 September 1933, cat. 17 (another example)
Exhibition of Etchings, pencil drawing and woodcuts, The Sedon Galleries, Melbourne, May 1934, cat. cat. 256 (another example)
The Art of Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1980 and touring, cat. 10 (another example)
The Prints of Margaret Preston, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 8 August – 18 October 1987, cat. 19 (another example)
Margaret Preston in Mosman, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, 7 September – 13 October 2002 (another example, illus. in exhibition catalogue)
Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 July – 23 October 2005 and touring in 2006 to, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (another example)
Destination Sydney, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 11 December 2015 – 21 February 2016 (illus. in exhibition catalogue, another example)
O’Keefe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 12 October 2016 – 11 February 2017; Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 11 March – 11 June 2017; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1 July – 2 October, cat. 35 (another example)

Literature

Art in Australia, 3rd series, no.17, 1926, p. 48 (illus., as ‘Circular Quay, Sydney’, another example)
Australia Beautiful, (The Home Easter Pictorial), Sydney, 1928, (illus. cover, another example)
Draffin, N., Australian Woodcuts and Linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, Sun Books, Melbourne, 1976, p. 50 (dated as c. 1925)
North, I. (ed.), The Art of Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1980, cat. P.10, pp. 19 (illus., another example), 53
Butler, R., The Prints of Margaret Preston: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1987, cat. 84, p. 105 (illus., another example)
Butel, E., Margaret Preston, Editions Tom Thompson, Sydney, 1995, pl.11, p. 31 (illus., another example), 87
Edwards, D., Peel, R. and Mimmocchi, D., Margaret Preston Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005, pp. 80, 92 (illus. another example), 285
Butler, R., The Prints of Margaret Preston: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, revised edition 2005, cat. 84, p. 117 (illus. another example)
Harding, L., and Mimmocchi, D., (eds), O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2016, cat. 35, pp. 126 (illus.), 194