[Merrett, Joseph Jenner] 1815-1854 :Opita on the Thames. 29 March 1848.

[Merrett, Joseph Jenner] 1815-1854 :Opita on the Thames. 29 March 1848.
1848 - 1849
Merrett, Joseph Jenner, 1815-1854

View of a Maori village at the water's edge. Two canoes are in the water, one being rowed out beyond poles holding it in place. The seven people in the view are all dressed in Maori garb. There are two dwellings and two pataka (storehouses) on the river bank, all with thatched (raupo?) roofs. Beyond them is a substantial row of palisades and a gateway, with carvings spaced along the fence and the roofs of further dwellings and storage platforms visible.

Catalogued by both Sotheby's and McArthur's as the work of Clarke. However on both stylistic and handwriting grounds (c.f. Merrett's work in A.T.L. and the British Library), the work appears to be by Merrett.

Exhibited in 'Wide-Eyed: Early Images of New Zealand' exhibition of works by settler artists, held at the National Library of New Zealand Gallery, 18 July - 9 November 1997.

Inscriptions: Recto - bottom centre - Opita on the Thames. N.Z. [in black ink]; Verso - centre - Opita on the Thames. 29 March 1848. Thames. [In very faint pencil]

Quantity: 1 watercolour(s).

Physical Description: Ink and sepia watercolour 211 x 268 mm

Provenance: Purchased in London from Sotheby's, 6 Nov 1985

Access restrictions
Partly restricted - Please use surrogate in place of original
1 watercolour(s), Works of art, Ink and sepia watercolour 211 x 268 mm, Orientation: Horizontal image
See original record

Click to request to view this item, access digital version (if available), and see more information.


Purchasing this Item

This item is available as a high resolution download. A request to buy an image can take up to 10 working days to approve. It will depend on copyright and how the image is going to be used.

If this item has multiple pages, or is several items attached to a single record, you can use this form to order your copy.

Using this Item

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission, please ask us for advice. If reproducing this item, please maintain the integrity of the image (i.e. don't crop, recolour or overprint it), and ensure the following credit accompanies it:

Merrett, Joseph Jenner, 1815-1854. [Merrett, Joseph Jenner] 1815-1854 :Opita on the Thames. 29 March 1848.. Ref: A-143-015. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23060647

More information can be found in our terms of use.