New Zealander, b.1831, d.1909
Clearing up after rain, foot of Otira Gorge 1887
One of the most successful Canterbury painters of the nineteenth century, John Gibb first visited the Otira region in 1877 and returned to the area regularly throughout his career. In Clearing up after rain, foot of Otira Gorge, Gibb depicts the original Otira Hotel at the foot of the gorge – a staging post for coach traffic in the early days of transport between Canterbury and Westland. This hotel was washed away when the Otira River flooded in 1886. The road leading up the Otira Gorge to Arthur’s Pass is seen to the left of the hotel, while Mount Rolleston creates a imposing backdrop to the scene.
(Van der Velden: Otira, February 2011)
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Van der Velden: Otira
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