H C Veitch (Artist), Patrick Hogan

Auckland 1852 From Queen Street Wharf

Auckland 1852 From Queen Street Wharf by H C Veitch, Patrick Hogan

Artwork Detail

J C Veitch’s watercolour is a loose copy of a lithograph completed by Patrick Hogan in 1852. Hogan arrived in Auckland in 1849 and worked as a surveyor and the director of a drawing class at the Mechanics Institute in Auckland. Veitch, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art before moving to Dunedin in 1874, has faithfully transferred the clearly delineated forms and geometric quality of Hogan’s lithograph into his watercolour. Showing the wharf at the bottom of Queen Street, the watercolour depicts the industry of a burgeoning city: timber is lined up alongside the water’s edge to be placed on a cart; a man shovels cement on the street; people congregate outside stores. Veitch’s use of watercolour has invested the scene with a greater sense of movement and light. The swirling, voluminous clouds in the top right-hand corner are his innovation and enrich the scene with dynamism.

Auckland 1852 From Queen Street Wharf
H C Veitch, Patrick Hogan
Production date
circa 1852
398 x 544 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
Other ID
U/278/C, 0/413 Old Accession Number
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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