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  • Art Detectives, 20 October 2006 - 25 March 2007

    This man hasn’t been tramping, but it looks like he’s had a long day, and he seems pleased to rest his feet. What can you see in this etching that also appears in the other artworks nearby?

    Ernest Heber Thompson grew up in Dunedin, and served as a soldier in Egypt and France during World War I. After recovering from serious war injuries in England, he stayed to study art and spent the rest of his life there as an artist and teacher. He made many drawings and etchings of the people he saw on his travels, especially in France and Spain, and his artworks show warmth and empathy towards his subjects.