James McLachlan Nairn

Aotearoa New Zealand / Scotland, b.1859, d.1904

Sunlit Estuary

Nature's own voice,6 February – 26 July 2009

Nairn formed the Wellington Art Club, a group of artists interested in pleinair painting and depicting the effects of natural light on the landscape. In 1894 the group began renting Pumpkin Cottage in the rural surroundings of Silverstream in the Hutt Valley, where artists would spend extended visits painting outdoors. Sunlit Estuary depicts the Paremata estuary north of Wellington, which was also a favourite painting area for Nairn and members of the Wellington Art Club.

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  • Nature's own voice,6 February – 26 July 2009

    Nairn formed the Wellington Art Club, a group of artists interested in pleinair painting and depicting the effects of natural light on the landscape. In 1894 the group began renting Pumpkin Cottage in the rural surroundings of Silverstream in the Hutt Valley, where artists would spend extended visits painting outdoors. Sunlit Estuary depicts the Paremata estuary north of Wellington, which was also a favourite painting area for Nairn and members of the Wellington Art Club.This coastline north of Wellington shows the sparsely populated landscape of the 1890s. At this time the Paremata estuary region was a favourite painting area for James Nairn and other members of the Wellington Art Club.