Frances Hodgkins

Māori Child

Māori Child by Frances Hodgkins

Artwork Detail

A bust-length watercolour study of a girl wearing a shawl on white ground paper. There is minimal evidence of graphite underdrawing; details around the face, such as animated tendrils of curly dark hair, are delineated with watercolour. Effective contrasting use of diffuse washes and denser colours. Highlights are formed by touches of white paint and by an impressionistic use of broken paintwork that allows glimpses of the white paper to show through. The imposing scale and confidence of execution of this watercolour suggest it was possibly one of the studies Hodgkins exhibited at the Otago Art Society and in Canterbury in 1896 for which she asked the relatively high price of £7-7-0.

Māori Child
Frances Hodgkins
Production date
355 x 241 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Jane and Malcolm Calder in memory of her grandfather James Cecil Palmer and her father, Humprey Joseph Palmer, 2022
Accession no
Copyright Expired
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

To find out which artworks are available for print requests and reproduction please enquire here. This service only applies to select artworks in the Gallery's collection.