Francis A. Shurrock

Aotearoa New Zealand / British, b.1887, d.1977


  • c. 1929
  • Linocut and watercolour
  • Purchased 2021
  • 320 x 236mm
  • 2022/038

Poppies, a symbol of sacrifice on the battlefield, is a poignant image that reflects Francis Shurrock’s own experiences serving on the Western Front during World War I, as well as those of his comrades and adversaries. Bringing his skills as a sculptor to carving the lino block was a natural fit for Francis, as the strong design of this print clearly shows. This linocut has been printed in black from the original block in the case behind you and then hand-coloured with watercolour paint.

Ink on Paper: Aotearoa New Zealand Printmakers of the Modern Era, 11 February – 28 May 2023

Exhibition History