Metrosideros tomentosa

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Artist: Nina Jones (b.1871, d.1926)
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Circa 1920
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Watercolour painting on rectangular sheet of brown paper, with a brown window mount, and backing. The painting is a botanical illustration of part of a tree with flowers. Three brown-white stems are depicted with alternate and opposite leaves on petioles. The leaf blades are oval-shaped, green on top and white underneath with prominent white midrib and margins. The flowers are in small clusters at the terminal ends of the stalks. The flowers have a multitude of long red stamens with yellow tips and green centres, and white toothed sepals. Some flowers are depicted as white and red buds. There are leaves and flowers depicted in a wash of browns.

The painting is marked "NiNA JONES" and "METRosidEROS TOMENtosA". Paper label on front: "Metrosideros tomentosa, the ratas are much interwoven into Māori legends. They belong to the myrtle family, and range in colour from dull crimson to bright ornage, scarlet and white. The one known tree with yellow flowers is protected by act of parliament. Natural size".
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Mount = 480 h x 366 w Composition = 402 h x 291 w
Composition = Height x Width (mm) = 402 x 291mm
Mount = Height x Width (mm) = 480 x 366mm
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