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Juliet Peter sketching
Juliet Peter sketching 1968-69
watercolour and black ball-point pen, 560 x 391 mm
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on loan from the Rita Angus Estate
On her weekend sketching trips to the Bolton Street cemetery, Rita Angus was joined by her friend and fellow artist Juliet Peter. Juliet, who appears in this sketch, later recalled their visits:
‘Conversation was kept to a minimum, we did not wish to attract attention to ourselves. But from time to time, a low voice would call, “Juliet, come and see …” and together we would examine a curious inscription, or a pattern of lichen on stone.
‘The summer of 1969 favoured our work. Sundays were usually fine, continuing into autumn. As the Engines of Destruction advanced up the cemetery, so we retreated.’
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