WHEEL FLOWER, c.1929

Important Australian Works of Art from the Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC
Sydney
30 August 2017
36

MARGARET PRESTON

(1875 – 1963)
WHEEL FLOWER, c.1929

hand-coloured woodcut

44.0 x 44.0 cm

signed with initials in image lower left: MP
signed, numbered and inscribed with title below image: No 1 copy ‘wheel flower’ Margaret Preston

Estimate: 
$30,000 – 40,000
Provenance

Private collection
The Estate of the late James O. Fairfax AC, New South Wales and Bridgestar Pty Ltd, Sydney

Exhibited

Margaret Preston, Grosvenor Galleries, Sydney, 7 – 31 August 1929, cat. 35 (another example)
Exhibition of Etchings, Woodcuts etc. by Margaret Preston [and others], The Sedon Galleries, Melbourne, 12 September 1933, cat. 4 (another example)
Exhibition of Etchings, Woodcuts and Pencil Drawings, The Sedon Galleries, Melbourne, 12 – 24 December 1933, cat. 175 (another example)
Exhibition of Etchings, Pencil drawing and Woodcuts, The Sedon Galleries, Melbourne, May 1934, cat. 251 (another example)
150 Years of Australian Art, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 January – 25 April 1938, cat. 507 (another example)
Margaret Preston and William Dobell Loan Exhibition, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 March – 16 April 1942 cat. 5 (another example)
The Art of Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1980 and touring, cat. 18 (another example, dated as 1928)
Margaret Preston: the art of constant rearrangement, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 December 1985 – 9 February 1986, cat. 21 (another example)
The Prints of Margaret Preston, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 8 August – 18 October 1987, cat. 145 (another example)
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)
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. 47 (another example)

Literature

Art in Australia, Sydney, 3rd series, no. 29, 1 September 1929 (illus. front cover, another example)
Moore, W., The Story of Australian Art, Angus and Robinson, Sydney, 1934, p. 124 (illus. another example, as ‘Stenocarpus’)
Draffin, N., Australian Woodcuts and Linocuts of the 1920s and 1930s, Sun Books, Melbourne, 1976, p. 36 (illus., another example)
Quarterly / The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Gallery, Sydney, vol. 5, no. 2, January 1964 (illus. front cover)
Butler, R., The Prints of Margaret Preston - A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1987, cat. 140, pp. 144, 145 (illus.)
North, I. (ed.) The Art of Margaret Preston, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1980, cat. P.18, pp. 22 (illus., dated as 1928, and cover, another example) 54
Butel, E., Margaret Preston, Editions Tom Thompson, Sydney, 1995, pl.21, pp. 32, 36 (illus., another example), 88
Grant, K., In Relief: Australian Wood Engravings, Woodcuts and Linocuts, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1997, p. 30, another impression illustrated p. 31
Butler, R., The Prints of Margaret Preston - A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, revised edition 2005, cat. 140, p. 154 (illus.)
Humphries, B., Sayers, A. and Engledow, S., The World of Thea Proctor, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2005, p. 41
Edwards, D., Peel, R. and Mimmocchi, D., Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005, pp. 94, 95 (illus. another example), 286
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, Sydney and Melbourne, 2016, cat. 47, pp. 126 (illus.), 195