Colonial Tradeship website 

"Under Way" 
The little brigantine Breeze making her way along the coast.
Pen and Ink

Released as a limited edition of 250 numbered and signed prints on archival paper

Framed: 493mm x 590mm (19 1/2 in x 23 1/4 in)
Unframed: 385mm x 482mm (15 1/4 in x 19 in)


Prior to the advent of rail transport, the poor condition of New Zealand roads created a constant demand for shipping. Sailing craft worked all the coastal ports throughout the North and South Islands, and Stewart Island, until ousted by steam. Huge amounts of timber, from the hazardous Hokianga and Kaipara Harbours, were shipped across the Tasman to Sydney and Melbourne by sailing vessels that returned laden with coal from Newcastle.

This drawing is of the brigantine Breeze, built in 1981 by Ralph Sewell and now a key working exhibit at Voyager, the National Maritime Museum. She is a replica coastal trader, typical of vessels at the turn of the century. The Jessie Niccol, built in 1872 at Niccol's Devonport yard, and James Barbour's two famous vessels the brigantine Aratapu (1878) and the topsail schooner Huia (1894) were similar ships.


Colonial Tradeship detail


"Under Way" is the final study in a series of six pen and ink drawings of New Zealand colonial life. 

To replicate the original artwork, the drawing has been printed using only black ink on archival quality paper. 


Framed Tradeship


Size framed: approx 590mm x 493mm


Celebrating New Zealand's pioneering history, the Colonial Collection limited edition prints are now available in a smart satin-black timbermoulding, with a square profile, and a generous cream mat around the pen and ink image.
Unframed prints are supplied gently rolled in a strong sealed tube that may be used for safe storage until a later date.   

Colonial Collection

Gumdiggers thumb     Homestead thumb      Working Horses thumb
"Gumdiggers"                                    "Homestead"                                 "Working Horses"
Under Way thumb         Team Work thumb          Panning on the Clutha thumb
          "Under Way"                                 "Team Work"                            "Panning on the Clutha"

For around fifteen years, up until the mid '90s, I worked almost exclusively in pen and ink using a stipple technique, known colloquially as "pointillism". My drawings, each taking hundreds of hours to complete, were done entirely in very fine dots using a 0.18mm hollow nib.
These six pieces in the Colonial Collection were the culmination of that period. The editions are limited to 250 numbered & signed prints on archival paper.
Each picture has a unique story and comes complete with its detailed history label on the back. 
The last of the remaining prints, including a handful of edition numbers and the full range of artist's proofs, have been made available with new framing. These can be purchased individually or as groups, with matching numbers, which can be arranged in various ways. 


Prices in $NZ
Framed: $350
Unframed: $250
New Zealand delivery included


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