Thomas Gulliver

The Auckland Public Library, Art Gallery and Old Colonists' Museum

The Auckland Public Library, Art Gallery and Old Colonists' Museum by Thomas Gulliver

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Primarily known as a printmaker, Thomas Gulliver was also a highly skilled draughtsman. Indeed Anne Kirker observes that 'through drawing he was able to demonstrate his skill and vision and achieve an effect of immediacy which is often lost through printmaking techniques.' He also had a special interest in book design, designing the covers for a number of publications including The Library Tower, a quarterly published by the Auckland Public Library, Art Gallery and Old Colonists Museum from 1930 - 1932. This fluid line drawing, looking down Kitchener St towards the Gallery and clock tower, was executed as the cover for this publication.

At first glance little appears to have changed, but details such as the Northern end of the building and its walled garden area on reflection seem quite different, along with the layout of Wellesley St and the buildings beyond. The car in the foreground also adds interest, dating the drawing not only through its style, but also the direction it is facing, as today Kitchener St is one-way.

Gulliver often took his urban environment as subject executing numerous prints and drawings of inner city Auckland, its streets, factories and distinctive buildings.

Title
The Auckland Public Library, Art Gallery and Old Colonists' Museum
Artist/creator
Production date
1930
Medium
ink on wove card
Dimensions
324 x 200 mm
Inscription
1 ½" B/ See cover design for clearance
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Catriona Munro, 2004, (daughter of John Barr, Chief Librarian and Director of Auckland Art Gallery and Old Colonists' Museum, 1913-1952)
Accession no
2004/40
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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