[Enderby, Charles] 1797-1876. Attributed works. :[Port Ross, Auckland Islands, Between 1850 and 1852?]

[Enderby, Charles] 1797-1876. Attributed works. :[Port Ross, Auckland Islands, Between 1850 and 1852?]
1850 - 1852
Enderby, Charles Henry, 1797-1876; McNulty, Dorothy, active 1961

Barracks on the beach and the buildings of the Southern Whale Fishery Company's settlement of Hardwicke, managed by Charles Enderby. A rata is in flower close to the beach. Hills in the background.

Possibly painted by Charles Enderby. The inscription on the verso could be interpreted as a statement of the artist's, although Enderby is not known to have been an artist. There is a similar work in the Rex Nan Kivell Collection, National Library of Australia, Canberra, called Port Ross, Auckland Isles, 1850 (NK 6974). This latter work is not attributed to any artist. Enderby was one of the few people to return to England after the break-up of the settlement, and the fact that this picture was earlier located in England may support the suggestion that Enderby was the artist.

The Southern Whale Fishery Company settlement of Hardwicke was the shortest-lived of all British colonies. Promoted in 1850 as a whaling base and agricultural colony, with Charles Enderby as its own resident Lieutenant Governor, the settlement grew to a population of 300, but was abandoned after 2 years when the fishery collapsed and the environment proved too inhospitable for vegetables & crops. See Dingwall, P. Castaways of the Auckland Islands in Landscape no. 8 (Nov 1980) pp 12-17, (especially p. 16)

Other Titles - Port Ross New Zealand C. Enderby Governor

Inscriptions: Verso - [in pencil] Port Ross, New Zealand, C. Enderby Governor.

Quantity: 1 watercolour(s).

Physical Description: Watercolour 176 x 260 mm

Provenance: From the Evening Post, 11 October 1961: "Unique Picture on Way to Dominion". London, October 8. - A picture of unique historical interest came to light recently when Mrs Dorothy McNutty [sic], of Staplehurst, Kent, took the back of[f] a small amateurish water-colour, which had long been in the possession of her family. In pencil on the back was written something that looked like "Port Boys, N. Zealand, C. Enderby, Governor." New Zealand House identified it as a painting, probably the only one in existence, of Port Ross in the Auckland Islands, which Charles Enderby attempted to colonise in 1850. Mrs McNulty said that her father, who was born more than 100 years ago, went to sea for one round-the-world voyage when he was 13, and she suggested that he must have acquired the picture during that time. The artist, who was obviously more interested in producing an exact picture of the scene than in painting a work of art, is unknown. The picture is on its way to the Turnbull Library, Wellington, to which Mrs McNulty has sold it." - "Post" Correspondent.

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