- Presented by the Friends of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery Inc, 1993
- 655 x 815 x 60mm
- c. 1934-1939
Two of Canterbury’s most successful twentieth-century creatives are brought together in Olivia Spencer Bower’s wonderful plein air study of her friend Ngaio Marsh painting outdoors. Both were involved with the Group (a collection of progressive artists based in Christchurch) during the 1930s. Marsh went on to become a world-renowned crime writer and theatre director while Spencer Bower is today recognised as one of the best watercolourists of her generation. Depicting Marsh painting at an easel under the bright summer sun, Ngaio Marsh painting highlights the enjoyment these two experienced when they escaped the urban environs of Christchurch for the openness of the Canterbury countryside.
(Our Collection: 19th and 20th Century New Zealand Art, 2018)