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John Gully painting of Southern Alps, 1862

John Gully painting of Southern Alps, 1862

This watercolour by John Gully is entitled 'Sources of the Godley River' and shows the Claasen and Godley glaciers. It was typical of the images of snowy mountain scenes painted by Gully and other colonial artists, which were intended to present New Zealand as a country with sublime views reminiscent of the European Alps.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-096-004
Watercolour by John Gully

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Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - The 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/45000/john-gully-painting-of-southern-alps-1862 (accessed 10 August 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014