Juliet Peter

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1915, d.2010

Poorer Christchurch

  • c. 1938
  • Watercolour
  • Gift of Alastair and Gaelyn (Ensor) Elliott, 2018
  • 640 x 810mm
  • 2018/023

Ashburton-born Juliet Peter was studying at the Canterbury College School of Art in Ōtautahi Christchurch when she painted this work. Its title suggests a venture beyond her own familiar territory. Within the composition’s tight construction, the towering verticality of the central chimney is reinforced by three telegraph poles as well as smaller chimneys and flues, further echoed in gateposts, fenceposts and the shaded veranda. Adding human presence to the deftly painted scene is a delivery van and driver, positioned across from an unsteady looking bicycle – possibly Peter’s own means of transport.

(From Here on the Ground, 18 May – 17 November 2024)

Exhibition History