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.
"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.
Size framed: approx 590mm x 493mm
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.