John Hoyte

Gold Mining, Thames

Gold Mining, Thames by John Hoyte

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Hoyte is most commonly known for his panoramic scenes of Auckland which employ a distinctive palette of cool blues and greens. A view such as this one, which records the environmental damage wrought by gold mining in a muddier palette, is rather atypical and is more frequently associated with his contemporary, Alfred Sharpe.

Typically, gold mining in early New Zealand was a loner’s life. What distinguished a gold mining town from settlements were buildings such as raupo whare or thatched huts, tents and wooden shacks, along with the constant noise and motion throughout the day and night. (Enduring Nature: Hoki Atu Hoki Mai, 2004)

Gold Mining, Thames
John Hoyte
Production date
watercolour and gouache
340 x 504 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1967
Accession no
Other ID
67/45 Old Accession Number, 1967/19/3/C
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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