Story: Perceptions of the landscape

‘Dragged and pinned to the ground by supplejacks’

‘Dragged and pinned to the ground by supplejacks’

The artist William Strutt emigrated to Melbourne in 1850 and moved on to New Plymouth in March 1855. He bought 105 acres (42 hectares) of land and set out to carve a farm from the forest. Like many settlers he found the bush desolate, and complained of being ‘walled in by the mighty forest and shut out from all human intercourse’. Within 16 months he had given up and returned to Australia. Strutt’s watercolour gives some sense of how forbidding and desperate he found the New Zealand bush.

Quoted in Roger Blackley, Two centuries of landscape art. Auckland: Auckland City Art Gallery, p. 26.

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Watercolour by William Strutt

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Jock Phillips, 'Perceptions of the landscape - European settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007