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)
In the mid 1860s Major Butler Stoney purchased a 100 acre lot at the Wade, now known as Silverdale. The Major's second son Harry settled there and built a cottage, later leaving it to his younger brother Walter who extended it to its present size with the addition of the back wing in 1904. The house was constructed of pit-sawn kauri with a shingled roof, of which parts are still intact under the iron.
At first the land was worked for kauri gum and then established as a dairy farm, which it remained apart from a temporary changeover to sheep in the 1930's. The farm was owned by the Stoney family until the 1990's when it was sold to developers. The homestead is now a protected building on the Millwater Estate and is being restored for public use. I lived there with my wife and twin daughters for five years from 1983.
"Homestead" is the second 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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