Painting, Gummies Bush; Aubrey, Christopher; 1891


Painting, Gummies Bush

About this object

This is a watercolour of Gummies Bush in 1881 by artist Christopher Aubrey.

About the Artist:

Little is known about Christopher Aubrey, there being neither record of his birth or death nor any proof of a connection to Aubrey families in New Zealand. He came to New Zealand from England, possibly as a remittance man, and made his way in life as an itinerant artist.

His earliest dated work places him in the Catlins area in 1868. By 1878 he was working in Invercargill and continued painting extensively throughout the southern region, including Riverton Aparima, until the late 1880's. The Western Star newspaper records an Art Union held by Aubrey in Riverton in September 1879.

Aubrey worked in a naive topographical style that was informative rather than naturalistic. Illustrating the achievements of early settlers, his landscapes depict freshly constructed houses, cleared land, farms and the development of small settlements.


Aubrey, Christopher

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Medium and Materials

organic, processed materials, paper
organic, processed materials, paper, cardboard
inorganic, processed materials, glass

Place Made

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

Inscription and Marks

Hand signed in paint at bottom right corner; C. Aubrey 1891


h 615 mm x w 780 mm

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