Colonial Goldpanner website

"Panning on the Clutha"

Prospecting for gold, in an area now submerged beneath Lake Dunstan.
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)

In 1861 Gabriel Read's discovery of gold on the Tuapeka River heralded a new era in Otago. Within weeks more than 6,000 miners were camped on the Tuapeka field, many having deserted work, homes and families. Other rich finds in the area further fuelled gold fever until 1865. Over the next 40 years goldmining transformed the Otago province and Dunedin became the commercial and industrial centre of New Zealand during this time.

Bill Tinker, who modelled for the artist's photographic studies for this drawing, had himself been working a claim here in the Cromwell Gorge. This particular stretch of the Clutha River is now submerged beneath the waters of Lake Dunstan, newly formed by the Clyde Dam power scheme.  

Colonial Goldpanner detail 


"Panning on the Clutha" is the third 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 Gold Panner

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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