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Join Annika Sippel, curator of A Fluid Art: Watercolours 1778-1900, for a floor talk on a forgotten private collector, the history of British watercolours, and their place in New Zealand’s art collections.
The exhibition grew out of Annika’s PhD thesis on the Smythe collection, and in this floor talk you will hear more about how these works came to New Zealand, how they were received, as well as about Smythe himself and his taste in art.
Annika will also discuss social contexts of the watercolours on display, as well as some of the represented artists and their achievements, which help to demonstrate the versatile nature of the medium.
Dr Annika Sippel is currently working as a Research Assistant for Art and New Zealand Histories & Pacific Cultures at Te Papa. She is an Art Historian with a research focus on International Historical art. She recently completed her PhD in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington.
Feature image: Detail from: The river, United Kingdom, by George Kilburne. Gift of Archdeacon F.H.D. Smythe, 1957. Te Papa (1957-0009-156)