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A Canterbury scene

A Canterbury scene

Hawkins is a small settlement with an abandoned railway station on the Canterbury Plains, near Darfield. Rata Lovell-Smith’s 1933 painting, entitled ‘Hawkins’, shows it as a place of isolation and silence, with the Southern Alps in the background. The painting style is typical of the 1930s Canterbury group of artists, using simple lines and strong colours – mainly ochres and blue-greys.

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Oil painting by Rata Lovell-Smith

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Landscapes – overview - Central South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/13043/a-canterbury-scene (accessed 23 November 2019)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015