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At Mercer on the Waikato

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  • Catalogue title
    At Mercer on the Waikato
  • Identifiers
    • 95x3/84  (Accession Number)
    • PC6  (Reference Number)
  • Signature/marks
    A. Sharpe 75  (Signature)
  • Physical description
    43 x 61.5 cm
  • Production
  • Medium
    Watercolour on paper
  • Format
  • Subject
  • Availability
    • No Known Copyright Restrictions  (Copyright)
    • Access by appointment  (Access Notes)
  • Citation
    At Mercer on the Waikato,PC6
  • Notes
    • Alfred Sharpe (1836?-1908) was raised in Birkehead, Cheshire, England in an art-collecting family. He migrated to New Zealand in 1859. Sharpe studied at the Birkenhead School of Arts, and was a leading watercolorist in the formative Auckland Society of Arts exhibitions of the 1870s. He also wrote numerous opinion pieces, published under pseudonyms, that show marked intolerance of colonial society. Sharpe emigrated to Newcastle, New South Wales in 1887, leaving his wife Jane in care in Auckland, and found success as a designer of parks and architecture.
    • A watercolour 'Mercer, on the Waikato from Telegraph Hill' was exhibited at the Auckland Society of Arts in 1877, valued at £6. Exhibited in 'The Watercolours of Alfred Sharpe,' Auckland City Art Gallery 1973 that travelled to Manawatu Art Gallery, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. No. 4 in catalogue, 'Mercer' 1875.

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