Alfred Sharpe

View of Taupiri village and plain from the top of Little Taupiri Hill. Sunset

View of Taupiri village and plain from the top of Little Taupiri Hill. Sunset by Alfred Sharpe
View of Taupiri village and plain from the top of Little Taupiri Hill. Sunset by Alfred Sharpe

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By 1876, the Waikato railway had reached Taupiri, skirting the hill and crossing the bridge on the left. Sharpe’s vantage point, ‘Little Taupiri Hill’ is the sacred burial site of the Tainui tribes, looking out across the Waikato lands which had been confiscated following the New Zealand Wars of 1863-4.

Title
View of Taupiri village and plain from the top of Little Taupiri Hill. Sunset
Artist/creator
Production date
1876
Medium
watercolour painting, paper manuscript
Dimensions
883 x 1038 x 34 mm
Inscription
"A Sharpe 1876" (l.r.); "Birds eye view of Taupiri village and plain looking towards Pirongia Mountain. Taken from the top of Little Taupiri Hill - price L8-8-O Pirongia Mountain was the place where Todd was murdered by Nuku a Maori - while sitting at his breakfast. Little Taupiri Hill is 500 ft high.Pirongia Mountain is 2840 Ft high & is the highest mountain in the province of Auckland Presented by the Rev Charles Palmer, 1951 Ex. OCM (2322)" (verso). Text of label pasted to linen backing:. View of Taupiri village & plain (at the junction of Mangawhau River with the Waikato-) from the top of Little Taupiri Hill. Sunset –. In the distance is “Pirongia” the highest mountain in the province of Auckland – Altitude 2900 ft. Distance 45 miles –. Todd, the surveyor, was shot in cold blood there by a Maori name Nguku–. The conical mountain to the left is Kakapuke, near Cambridge. Distance 48 miles – A portion of the celebrated “Piako Swamp” is seen to the left –. As a rule nothing is more dingy than the scenery of the Waikato district in broad daylight with its browns & grey greens –. But at sunset the landscape lights up with the most gorgeous colours – orange, yellow & deep violets & purples predominating –. The view is but a moderate rendering of the sunset colouring of the district – It is taken from the brown fern covered top of a hill about 500 feet high – called Little Taupiri Hill. Price 8-8-0 (eight guineas).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Rev Charles Palmer, 1951
Accession no
1951/10
Other ID
1951/10/D, 0/204 Old Accession Number, OCM 2322 Old Accession Number
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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