Important Women Artists
10 November 2021


(1875 - 1963)

hand-coloured woodcut

27.5 x 26.5 cm (image)
33.0 x 27.5 cm (sheet)

edition: 26th proof 

signed with initials in image, lower centre: M.P.
signed, numbered and inscribed with title below image: 26 Proof Gumblossom Margaret Preston

$25,000 – $35,000
Sold for $50,318 (inc. BP) in Auction 65 - 10 November 2021, Melbourne

Private collection, Melbourne
Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 5 November 1986, lot 1339
Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney, acquired from the above in May 2004


Christmas Exhibition of Batik and Woodcuts, Grosvenor Galleries, Sydney, December 1928 (as ‘Gum Blossoms’)
Exhibition by Leading Members of the Australian Society of Artists, Fine Arts Salon, Wellington, New Zealand, 4 July – 2 August 1930, cat. 13 (as 'Gum blossom', another example)
Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 December 1985 – 9 February 1986, cat.P19 (as 'Gum blossom c.1928’, another example)
Margaret Preston in Mosman, Mosman Art Gallery, 7 September – 13 October 2002 (another example, illus. in exhibition catalogue, as ‘Gum blossom’)
Australian Art: Collector's List No. 109, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 26 May – 3 July 2004, cat. 84 (illus. in exhibition catalogue, as ‘Gum Blossoms’)
Margaret Preston retrospective, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 July – 23 October 2005; and touring (another example, as ‘Gum blossom’) 


Art in Australia, 3rd Series, no. 26, December 1928, p. 121 (illus., another example)
The Home: an Australian quarterly, Sydney, Issue 9, no. 12, December 1928, pp. 24 – 25 (illus., another example)
The Home: an Australian quarterly, Sydney, Issue 13, no. 12, December 1932, p. 84 (illus., another example, as ‘Gum Blossom’)
Radford, R. (ed.), Outlines of Australian Printmaking: Prints of Australian from the Last Third of the 18th Century until the Present Time, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, 1976, n.p.
Butel, E., Margaret Preston. The Art of Constant Rearrangement, Penguin Books and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1985, cat. P.19, p. 88, (illus. cover, another example)
Butler, R., The Prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Australian National Gallery, Canberra and Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1987, cat. 124, p. 135 (illus., another example)
Lebovic, J., Australian women printmakers, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 1988, cat.94a, pp. 2, 12
Edwards, D., Peel, R. and Mimmocchi, D., Margaret Preston, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005, pp. 88 (illus., another example), 127, 286