Charles Blomfield

Rotomahana after the eruption

Rotomahana after the eruption by Charles Blomfield

Artwork Detail

Painted by Charles Blomfield from the sketches made in the area four months after the Mt Tarawera eruption in June 1886, this scene depicts the steaming remains of Rotomahana. During the eruption it became the site of a vast hydrothermal blast, responsible for the thick mud that buried the surrounding countryside.

Blomfield wrote of it, “The sight was very grand and awful. What must it have been when the geysers were playing up mud and stones hundreds of feet high.” (Picturing History, 2009)

Rotomahana after the eruption
Charles Blomfield
Production date
oil on canvas
535 x 685 x 50 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, The Ilene and Laurence Dakin Bequest, purchased 2019
Accession no
Other ID
L1986/9/3 Old Accession Number
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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