Born in Adelaide in 1875, Margaret Preston developed as a highly independent and individual artist, and was considered to be on of Australia’s foremost women painters between the wars. She studied at the Adelaide School of Design during the last part of the 19th century, then travelled to England and Europe from 1904 to 1907 to ‘see where she stood’ as a realist artist. Her exposure to European modernism had no influence on her dedication to design and realism, but merely confirmed for her that Australia should develop a ‘style distinctly its own’.
Renowned for her superb woodblock prints which owed much to her interest in Japanese art and the subject of her choice, still-life, she is often remembered for this above her painting. However, she was also a highly accomplished painter.