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"Working Horses"

A pair of Clydesdales at the plough, breaking in the land.


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)


The Clydesdale, the best known of British breeds of draught horses, originated in the Clyde Valley, in Scotland, in the seventeenth century, and was brought to Otago, New Zealand, in the very early days of settlement there. A considerable number of mares and sires came from Victoria and Tasmania, with a fair sprinkling imported from Scotland, including many famous horses.

Mares and geldings were used in teams for a wide variety of jobs such as ploughing, disking, drilling, harrowing, haymaking, cropping, logging, taking cream to the factories, mining, delivering goods and moving train turntables.
George and Vivien Simmons are well-known NZ Clydesdale breeders at "Ashburn" Gordonton, in the Waikato. Their mares used for this drawing are Ashburn "Kathleen" on the left, 17 1/2 hands and 10 years old, and Ashburn "Keri", 16 1/2 hands and the elder of the two at 16 years. The plough is an International single furrow plough. 


Colonial Clydesdales detail 


"Working Horses" is the fourth 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 Clydesdales

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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