Charles Blomfield

The mud covered country

The mud covered country by Charles Blomfield
The mud covered country by Charles Blomfield

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Blomfield visited the site of the eruption of Mt Tarawera in October 1886, four months after it had occurred. He made drawings and paintings of the devastation, which he worked up on his return to Auckland. This oil sketch, looking towards the still smoking volcano, records the “mud-covered hills” over which he tramped.

His shock at what he saw is palpable in a letter to his wife, in which he reassures that while he is in no danger, the “Scenes you must see to understand, for surely never before was there anything like this except perhaps in the Moon.” (Picturing History, 2009)

The mud covered country
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oil on paper on card
255 x 450 mm
Inscribed in water-colour on mount - `Are the Terraces Destroyed?'(u) Site of the Destroyed Terraces showing the mud-covered country from Pareharu. Oct.12 1886.
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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from a private collection
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New Zealand Art
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