Blythe's Buildings, Napier

Blythe’s Buildings, Napier  1932
watercolour, 262 x 370 mm
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

The 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, which claimed 256 lives, was alarmingly close to home for Rita Angus. Her parents had recently settled in Napier, and their house was badly damaged – although they escaped unharmed. Later, her father’s construction company, W. M. Angus Ltd, helped rebuild the city.

Angus visited Napier a year after the earthquake and sketched among the ruins.

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All artworks are reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Rita Angus.