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Rebecca Rice, Curator Historical New Zealand Art, discusses William Strutt’s 1861 painting View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris driving off settlers’ cattle.
The rare and historically significant painting was recently acquired by Te Papa. It depicts an imagined scene based on newspaper reports of the Taranaki wars and sketches Strutt made during his brief residence in New Zealand from 1855 to 1856.
The painting is currently on display in the new season of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5. (www.arts.tepapa.govt.nz/on-the-wall)
Media Release, 29 October 2015 – Te Papa brings colonial masterpiece home to New Zealand
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Feature image: Detail from: William Strutt, View of Mt Egmont, Taranaki, New Zealand, taken from New Plymouth, with Maoris driving off settlers’ cattle, 1861, oil on canvas. Purchased 2015, Te Papa (2015-0042-1)