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Shoalhaven Gorge, New South Wales
(1940-1941)

Medium
oil and gouache on canvas
Measurements
53.7 × 45.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Inscription
inscribed in pencil u.r.: M. Preston
inscribed in black paint l.c.l.: M. PRESTO (...illeg.)
inscribed (diagonally) in blue ballpoint pen on reverse u.c.l.: Margaret Preston / 22 Killarney St / Mosman (Mosma underlined)
Accession Number
2008.19
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated from the Estate of Dr Donald Wright, 2008
© Margaret Preston/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 16
Level 3, NGV Australia

In the mid 1920s Margaret Preston embarked upon a campaign to establish a national Australian art based on the Indigenous art of Australia. Shoalhaven Gorge, New South Wales is one of a group of paintings made between 1940 and 1946 that show Preston appropriating elements of Aboriginal art into her own work.

Margaret Preston commenced her studies in Sydney before attending the National Gallery School in Melbourne, where she studied under Frederick McCubbin. As a young woman she travelled widely, studying Japanese art at the Musée Guimet, Paris, and spending extended periods of time in the French capital.

Frame

Margaret PRESTON
Shoalhaven Gorge, New South Wales (1940-1941)
Framemaker
Acme Framing Company
322 Kent Street, Sydney
Sydney
Date
c.1940-41
Materials

timber and paint

Margaret PRESTON
Shoalhaven Gorge, New South Wales (1940-1941) (colourman)
About

The frame on Shoalhaven Gorge, New South Wales came with the painting in 2008. The backing board carries the label of the Acme Framing Company, Sydney, who first appear at 12 Cunningham st. in 1920.
The frame is characteristic of painted wooden profiles used in the 1940’s.