The residence of Mr Stephens when in Nelson

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Artist: Sarah Greenwood (b.1809, d.1899)
Production date
Oct 1850
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Pencil drawing on paper with backing sheet, taped at top only. Landscapes of hill with house at foot. "9" "SG 1850 Oct"
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Part 1 Paper
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Composition = 186 h x 236 w
0 - Whole = Height x Width (mm) = 186 x 236mm
Houses Nelson City
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Sarah Greenwood (1809 -1899). The residence of Mr Stephens when in Nelson, October 1850. Pencil drawing. Nelson Provincial Museum, Bett Loan Collection: AC339

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The subject of this drawing by Sarah Greenwood was a Nelson property called "Grampian Cottage", owned by Samuel Stephens, Assistant Surveyor to the New Zealand Company. He moved to Riwaka at the end of 1842 but kept his Nelson house, which he leased to Danforth & Sarah Greenwood after their arrival on the ship "Phoebe" in April 1843. The Greenwood family spent some months there while planning their future in the Nelson area, eventually deciding that this lay in establishing a farm at Motueka. "Grampian Cottage" was situated above Brougham Street and described by Mrs Greenwood as "a commodious 6-roomed frame house, on a hill overlooking the harbour and town and surrounded by ferns." She was less impressed with its construction, commenting further that "This specimen of framehouses (I believe rather a magnificent one) would quite deter me from using them or buying them, as you may see the light through in most parts."

- Anne McFadgen

Posted on 05-09-2018 01:18:43