Toss in Greymouth; McCahon Colin; 1959; 716

Name/Title

Toss in Greymouth

About this object

Abstract panoramic format landscape of Greymouth harbour with black Tau cross at centre. A poem written by Toss Woollaston is inscribed in the facing left side which reads"lit on the flax/a tui at dusk/and shot the late evening open with song".

Maker

McCahon Colin

Date Made

1959

Medium and Materials

Enamel on hardboard

Place Made

New Zealand

Measurements

577 x 1060

Subject and Association Description

Painted for Toss Woollaston when he was working as a Rawleigh's man in Greymouth (1949 - 1968). The black Tau Cross, at centre, is used by McCahon as a protective motif and this straddles the entrance of Greymouth Harbour. This painting has a 'twin' painted at the same time and in a similar style and format, dedicated to John Caselburg and in the collection of The Hocken Library.

Credit Line

Gifted by Sir Mountford Tosswill Woollaston in 1984

Object Type

Painting

Object number

716

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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Tags
cross
flax
Greymouth
handwriting
Landscape
river
text
tui

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