- c. 1928
- Oil on canvas
- Presented to the Gallery by George Humphreys, 1932
- 714 x 917mm
Richard Wallwork painted a number of pastoral scenes involving sheep mustering, including a poster design for the Empire Marketing Board in 1927. In The Drover Wallwork uses slightly loose brushwork but is always in control of his medium. His paintings were carefully constructed in his studio, from studies made outdoors. Born in Manchester, England, Wallwork first studied at the Manchester Municipal School of Art, then at the Royal College of Art. He spent 1909 studying in Paris, then taught at the Liverpool School of Art. Wallwork and his artist wife, Elizabeth (1883 -1969), came to New Zealand in 1911. He was the Life Instructor at the Canterbury College School of Art and eventually became Director in 1928. Wallwork was actively involved with the Canterbury Society of Arts, becoming President in 1927. From 1921 he also exhibited with the Australian Painters and Etchers Society in Sydney and Melbourne. Wallwork retired in 1945 but continued to paint up until shortly before his death.