Margaret PRESTON

Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 1875 – Mosman, New South Wales, Australia 1963

  • Germany and France 1904-07
  • France, England and Ireland 1912-19

Australian Banksia 1938 Title Notes: catalogue worksheet and exhibited in Society of Artists annual exhibition 1938, cat. 82.
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.r., pencil "Margaret Preston/ 38"
Dimensions: 76.2 h x 68.7 w cm Frame 88.2 h x 94.2 w x 4.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.53
Image rights: © Margaret Rose Preston Estate. Licensed by Viscopy
  • Margaret Preston was born in Adelaide 1875.  She moved to Melbourne in 1893 where she studied at the National Gallery of Victoria School of Arts under the painter Fredrick McCubbin and the then Director, Bernard Hall.

    In 1904 she travelled to Europe for the first time where she actively sought out the work of Europe’s influential modern painters. It was during this time that Preston developed a distinctive decorative and modern style.  On her return to Australia she became one of Australia’s most highly visible and influential artists.

    In her numerous still lives she often depicted native Australian flora as an expression of Australian nationalism.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra