untitled (Shearing shed, Kawhia)

H I Babbage, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in circa 1910. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
We used to have a similar painting that hung in the lounge, and when we would move houses (which we did a lot), that painting came with us. I never understood it, it wasn’t bright or colourful, but my Dad told us that shearing is in the blood, his Dad, Uncles and Koro were shearers and it reminds him of that.
Ngāwai Matthews for the June 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Measurements
Image 305 x 385mm
Frame 382 x 465 x 35mm
Media
oil on canvas on board
Description
Painting of the interior of a shearing shed with light coming through the slats and doorway. Two shearers are working in the middle of the room while other workers are sorting the fleeces at the left.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Bequest of Mrs Noel McNaught, 2003
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
05 Aug 2003

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Accession Number:
2003/30/1

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