Nile Street East, Trafalgar Square Nelson, New Zealand 1876

Maker and Role
Artist: Edwin Harris (b.Circa 1810, d.1895)
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Watercolour painting on rectangular sheet of paper, with border margins at top and sides and a wider border along lower margin, and backing sheet. The painting depicts a view from Church Hill looking east down Nile St. A grassy slope spans the foreground space with small trees and dirt pathways. In the bottom right corner a figure sits on a log next to a standing figure holding a parasol. Parallel with the grassy slope is Trafalgar Square road, and intersecting with it, to the right of centre is Nile street, which recedes into the distance to the base of brown rolling hills. On the left (north) side of nile street is a large building, the house of Doctor Bett enclosed by a fence. Beyond the house is a church or bishops house? Buildings line the right (south) side of the street, some of the houses in the middle-distance have filigree decorations on the gables. There are men and women standing on the road as well as mounted horses and horses and carts. In the background are bare rolling hills and a light cloudy sky.

The painting is signed “Edwin Harris” and along the bottom border margin is written “NILE STREET EAST, TRAFALGAR SQUARE NELSON. NEW ZEALAND. 1876.”
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Media and Materials
Sheet = 273 h x 438 w Composition = 238 h x 420 w
Settlements Nelson City
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Harris, Edwin (circa 1810- 1895). Nile Street East, Trafalgar Square, Nelson, New Zealand, 1876. Watercolour on paper. Nelson Provincial Museum, Bett Loan Collection: AC831.


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The rating list for 1876 records Frances Harvey Levien, widow and teacher of music, was now the owner of section 440 . The property was still vacant but sometime in 1876, as the 1877 rating list records, she built a large wooden and iron house on her property. This was valued at £1200, a substantial sum. This is the house shown in the Harris water colour.

- Amanda Young posted 6 years ago.

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