Charles John Harper, son of the Anglican bishop of Christchurch, became manager of Malvern Hills station around 1858, and his sitting room showed typical middle-class taste of that time with its papered walls, rich red curtains and table cloth, and mixture of imported furniture and makeshift shelves. The refined dust-protectors on the shelves contrast with the tools and boots lying around on the floor.
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University of Canterbury, Art Collection
Pencil and watercolour sketch by Henry Harper, 1858
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