Collection Online
oil and gouache on canvas
53.7 × 45.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
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
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 Copyright Agency, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 7
Level 2, NGV Australia
Subjects (general)
Subjects (specific)
gorges (landforms) New South Wales (state) rivers rock (inorganic material) Shoalhaven River (river) trees

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.


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.

Acme Framing Company
322 Kent Street, Sydney Sydney

timber and paint