Story: Northland region

‘Doctor Smith off to buy the meat’

‘Doctor Smith off to buy the meat’

In 1948 Canterbury artist Olivia Spencer Bower spent time at Rāwene recovering from an illness. There she made the acquaintance of local figures, including charismatic Dr George McCall Smith, and produced a series of drawings and paintings. This watercolour captures the moody atmosphere of the Hokianga.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-109-019
Watercolour by Olivia Spencer Bower

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Creative life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015