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Pumpkin Cottage

Pumpkin Cottage

In the 1890s the Scottish artist James Nairn settled in Silverstream. He was a teacher at the Wellington design school and his ramshackle ‘Pumpkin Cottage’ (a large pumpkin was painted on its side) attracted painters interested in Impressionism. Among them were Nugent Welch and Fred Sedgwick. Along with other painters, they became known as the Silverstream School. This painting of Pumpkin Cottage, from around 1930, is by Algernon Gifford.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-200-004
Watercolour by Algernon Charles Gifford

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Upper Hutt', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/13476/pumpkin-cottage (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016