Margaret could be described as a bargain collector — symptomatic perhaps of a generation that lived through The Great Depression. Her notes were filled with quotes like ‘incredible price’ and ‘beautiful work’, relating to a set of five pieces purchased for ‘ONLY’ $245.00. Margaret was an exceedingly private person — only a handful of artists had the opportunity of meeting her when she occasionally visited them in their studios. It was not uncommon for her to barter with the artist in order to drive the price down! She was known by gallery owners to collect small works from exhibitions that could be accommodated in her flat, choosing pieces she could fit into her handbag and carry home on public transport.
Tina Lee Artist and Guest Curator