The Pink and White Terraces

John Hoyte, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in circa 1873.
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About the Work
During his years in New Zealand John Hoyte travelled assiduously in search of new scenes to exploit. In January 1866 he exhibited views from Whangarei, Coromandel, Auckland, Waikato, the Wellington region and Nelson, although some of these pictures were not painted from the subject. In the 1870s he travelled each summer, progressively adding the thermal region, Taranaki, Nelson, Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Banks Peninsula and Otago to his repertoire between 1872 and 1876. His pictorial exploration of the colony's principal dramatic landscapes was completed when he took a cruise circumnavigating the South Island in early 1877, exploring the coast of Fiordland with particular attention. New Zealand subjects would continue to inspire his production long after he had settled in Australia, where they shared his attention with coastal and mountain views drawn chiefly from the neighbourhood of Sydney.
The success of the art unions of his work shows that the subjects he painted were in harmony with public taste. Despite the exceptional landscapes which appear so frequently in his production – geysers, the Pink and White Terraces, fiords, mountains and lakes – it appears that his preference was for a more gentle, picturesque mode of landscape art rather than the heightened tensions of the sublime.'
Image: H320 x W560mm
watercolour on paper
Landscape painting showing what is known as the Pink Terraces in the foreground and the White Terraces in the background, on the shores of Lake Rotomahana. Two figures are on the shoreline at the Pink Terraces with a waka moored near them. Steam rises from the hillsides and the top of the terraces. Mount Tarawera is visible in the far background. In the near foreground is grass, some rocks and a cabbage tree. The hilly banks of the lake are covered in dense bush.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1957.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
03 Jan 1957



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