Portrait of Edith Collier and Ethel M Davis with bicycles

Annie Davis, Photographer

This is one of the archival photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 22 Aug 1898.
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About the Work
“I look at this picture and think how difficult it would have been to ride a bike with such long dresses and the ground they are cycling on amongst the trees can't have made it easier! Their faces are so innocent, I wonder what they were doing and where they were going.” – Ritesh Verma, ‘My Choice’ December 2021

This photograph taken by Annie Davis is of Davis's sister Ethel and early NZ Modernist painter Edith Collier (b.1885, d.1964). It is taken in 1898 when Edith was 13 years old and Ethel was 19. It is most likely that Edith and Ethel were friends as there is correspondence between Ethel and Edith in the Edith Collier Trust Archive.
Annie Davis owned a studio, together with photograph Emily Collis, in Whanganui's Ridgway Street from 1899-1901. She subsequently moved to Auckland where she had her images published in the Auckland Weekly news in 1911 and 1912.
This record represents an archive item and has related works.
166 x 215 mm
black and white photograph
Edith Collier as a teenager posing with Ethel M Davis (Annie Davis's sister) and their bicycles outside. Rows of pine trees can be seen behind them.
Credit Line
Collection of The Edith Collier Trust, in the permanent care of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui.
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Acquisition Date
Circa 1980s



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