Edith and Anna; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1959; 519


Edith and Anna

About this object

A pencil sketch of Edith and Anna Woollaston (the artist's wife and daughter), drinking and talking at the kitchen table in front of a window.



Date Made


Medium and Materials

Pencil on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords

Human figure

Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/South Island/West Coast/Greymouth

Subject and Association Description

This was the final year that Anna Woollaston lived at home with her parents, Edith and Toss. In 1959 she moved to Auckland to attend Auckland University and board with Colin McCahon and his family.

Anna was the third of four Woollaston children to leave home and Philip (the youngest) left soon after in the early 1960s. Financial need lessened as the children left and Toss was able to focus more on his painting. The 1960s saw Toss' career gain momentum. In 1966 Woollaston began to paint full time and Peter McLeavey became his art dealer.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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