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Arrowtown (Coronet Peak from Speargrass Flat)
Arrowtown (Coronet Peak from Speargrass Flat) 1953
watercolour, 200 x 240 mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Gift of Douglas Lilburn, 1972
This artwork is featured in Te Papa's Collections Online
Rita Angus spent two weeks travelling in Central Otago in February 1953. She made watercolours of the places she visited and pencil notes of details, such as rocks and haystacks.
When Angus returned home to Christchurch, she wrote to Douglas Lilburn: ‘It was the same country I remembered but so much more, colourful, strange & exhilarating. I’m glad I went then, there was that golden glow over everything.’
Five years later, Douglas Lilburn bought 20 of Angus’s sketches for her painting Central Otago. In 1973, he donated them to the National Art Gallery (now Te Papa) ‘so that the record of her journey and her vision would be preserved intact’.
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