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Portrait of Douglas Angus
Portrait of Douglas Angus 1940
oil on canvas, 750 x 587
In 1940, Douglas Angus arrived in Christchurch for a rowing tournament. To his disappointment, he was to be billeted with his big sister Rita. His attitude, however, soon changed:
‘I suddenly saw walking up the platform this most striking person, and I realised it was Rita. I was absolutely amazed that she was my sister.’
Rita took Douglas to visit friends, including the Curnows: ‘I had the time of my life,’ he recalled. Betty Curnow watched Rita paint her brother: ‘His hair is the most wonderful colour, yellow gold, & Rita has got it perfectly. There is a very great warmth in the whole work.’
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