The Rivals

William Lee-Hankey, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in 1895-1905. The place where it was made is unknown.
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Object Detail

Image: 332 x 290mm
Frame: H610 x W509mm
watercolour on paper
Lee-Hankey favoured rural village scenes and like his work 'Village Gossip' held by the Christchurch Art Gallery the title offers a clue to the narrative being played out before us with two village girls vying for the affections of a young man.
The Studio (Vol. XXXVI, No. 154, Jan. 1906) A.L. Baldry commented that “He is in his water-colours an absolute purist; he paints entirely with transparent pigments, and never has recourse to opaque colours; his brushwork is broad and confident – free, on the one hand, from affectation of showy cleverness, and, on the other, from niggling minuteness or over-elaboration; and he does not insist, as is the fashion with many present-day painters, upon lowness of tone.”
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Bequest of William Francis Barraud, Wellington, 1926.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
25 Jan 1926



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