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Old Homestead, Diamond harbour; Stoddart, Margaret; 1913; 69/25

Old Homestead, Diamond harbour, Stoddart, Margaret, 1913, 69/25
Old Homestead, Diamond harbour
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Diamond Harbour lies on the southern side of Lyttelton Harbour and is named after the way the sunlight reflects like diamonds off the water. Margaret Stoddart’s father, Mark Pringle Stoddart, was one of the original European settlers in the region, and he arranged for the cottage depicted in this work to be made in Australia and brought out around 1861.This painting is from Stoddart’s mature period, completed several years after her return from studying art in Europe between 1898 and 1906. Her mature style is marked by a very expressive watercolour technique combining fluid washes of colour in a spontaneous manner. Stoddart was born in Diamond Harbour on Banks Peninsula, but in 1876 the family sailed for Britain and she received her early education in Edinburgh. The family returned to New Zealand in 1879, and in 1882 Stoddart enrolled at the Canterbury College School of Art. She was a founding member of the Palette Club, whose members were concerned with painting outdoors.
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Collection Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; purchased, 1959
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