Painting, Jacob's River ; Green, Samuel Edwy; 1878; RI.WESA.05-3688.1


Painting, Jacob's River

About this object

Samuel Edwy Green painted this watercolour of Jacob’s River (Riverton Aparima) and the Longwood Range in 1878. The schooner docked at the wharf is the ‘Sarah Pyle’ which belonged to whaler George Valentine Printz.

Also in our collection is a painting by Samuel Green of the same scene in 1870. A comparison of the paintings gives a great depiction of the development of the town during the eight-years between the two.

This link will take you to the artwork that Green painted in 1870.

About the Artisit:

Born in 1838, Samuel Edwy (Edwin) Green came from Market Harborough, Leicestershire England. Arriving in New Zealand from Australia in 1861, he spent the remainder of his life in the Taieri Mouth/South Otago region. While a farmer, Samuel often travelled around Otago and Southland on painting expeditions to capture the landscape. A self-taught artist, sale of his pieces supplemented the income of the 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 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 European 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 black marker: 'Donated by Sam Hall Jacobs River + Longwood Ranges from Empire Hotel, Riverton. By Green 1878. 135.
Yellow sticker: '1991'
White sticker: '135'


h 525 mm x w 725 mm x d 20 mm

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