Pen and Ink
Released as a limited edition of 250 numbered and signed prints on archival paper
Framed: 590mm x 493mm (23 1/4 in x 19 1/2 in)
Unframed: 482mm x 385mm (19 in x 15 1/4 in)
For fifty years, from about 1870 to 1920, the kauri gum industry was the major source of income for pioneer settlers north of Auckland. The gum was mostly exported to England where its primary use was in the manufacture of high-grade varnish. After 1910 vast quantities of poor quality gum chips were used in the production of linoleum.
These two old diggers set up camp somewhere near the Wade, now Silverdale, around the turn of the century. Their whare, more strongly built than most, is constructed of split kauri planks with a thatched roof of nikau fronds. Amongst their equipment seen here are a gum-spear, a Skelton gum spade, home-made haversacks, a bucket and a billy for brewing the tea.
"Gumdiggers" is the first 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.
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