- Presented by Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- 318 x 465mm
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Lake Wakatipu lies at the southern end of the Southern Alps, in Central Otago. William Hodgkins first visited the region in 1882 after the railway line had been extended as far as Kingston, on the southern shore. Painted with strong and fluid washes, the sheer expanse of the landscape without settlement was supposed to evoke a sense of awe or wonder, in accordance with the concept of the ‘Romantic Sublime’. Hodgkins was born in Liverpool. He worked at the National Portrait Gallery, London, as a clerk then, in 1859, went to Melbourne where he worked in a legal office. By 1862 he was in Dunedin. There he practised as a lawyer but was also a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable amateur watercolourist. He was a founding member of the Otago Art Society and was its President from 1880 to 1897. Hodgkins was also a prominent figure in the building of Dunedin’s first Art Gallery and in the organisation of the 1889/1890 ‘South Seas Exhibition’.