Painting, Jacob's River ; Green, Samuel Edwy; 1870; RI.WESA.05-3688


Painting, Jacob's River

About this object

Samuel Edwy Green painted this watercolour of Jacob’s River (Riverton Aparima) in 1870. The schooner docked at the wharf is the ‘Sarah Pyle’ which belonged to whaler George Valentine Printz. In 1870, the Pākehā settlement was 50-years old.

About the Artist:

Born in 1838, Samuel Edwy (Edwin) Green came from Market Harborough, Leicestershire England. Arriving in New Zealand via Australia in 1861, he spent the remainder of his life in the Taieri Mouth/South Otago region. While principally a farmer, Samuel often travelled around Otago and Southland on painting expeditions to capture the landscape. A self-taught artist, the sale of his work supplemented the income from his farm. It is thought that he may have also painted on commission.

In 1872, Samuel exhibited a selection of his watercolours in Dunedin and following this he was elected into the Otago Art Society. The 1881 Dunedin Industrial Exhibition saw him receive a third class award. Samuel last exhibited his work in 1915 at the age of 77. Survived by four daughters and a son, he passed away at Taieri in 1935.

An excellent record of early rural landscapes in Otago and Southland, Samuel’s work is also held by Toitū and the Alexander Turnbull Library.

This link will take you to the National Library’s digitalised collection of Samuel Green’s work.


Green, Samuel Edwy

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Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed materials, wood
organic, vegetal, processed materials, paper
inorganic, pigment, watercolour paint

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Riverton-Aparima

Inscription and Marks

On back in back marker: 'W.E.S.A 05 - 3688'
On back in red pencil: '193'
On back in pencil: 'Watercolour Riverton 1870 Schooner "Sarah Pile," By Samuel Edwin Green 1831 -1935 G.V. Printz owned the Sarah Pile, Riverton Museum'


h 500 mm x w 615 mm x d 10 mm

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Art and Design

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