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Harry Linley Richardson
Wellington from Kelburn near Bowling Green

Rare early etched view of Wellington

Artist: Harry Linley Richardson (1878-1947)
Title: Wellington from Kelburn near Bowling Green
Date: 1916 (?)
School: New Zealand
Medium: Etching printed with plate tone on Japanese (?) paper
Dimensions: 111 x 269mm (plate), 135 x 290mm (sheet)
Watermark: none
Inscriptions/marks: in the plate lower right <<HL Richardson>>, on the support lower right border in pencil <<H Linley Richardson R.B.A/del. + imp.>> for Royal Society of British Artists/drawn + printed

Condition: Good condition
Description: View of Wellington Harbour from the top of Mount Street where the Victoria University of Wellington Library now stands. The Mount Street cemetery can be seen in the mid-ground. One of the earliest prints made in Wellington by a professional printmaker. Harry Linley Richardson came to Wellington from the UK on the Latrobe Scheme and taught at the Wellington Technical College from 1908.
Reference: Gail Ross, ‘New Zealand Prints 1900-1950: An Unseen Heritage’, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Canterbury, 2006, vol. II, p. 71. The Alexander Turnbull Library has another impression with the title inscribed in pencil in the lower border.
Provenance: Dunbar Sloane, Wellington