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"PORT HILLS, CANTERBURY"

Oil on canvas board under glass 250 x 340mm. With attractive period framing 500 x 590mm

Clearly signed J Cook bottom left.

JAMES COOK studied at Canterbury School of Art and taught there from 1927 to 1933. ln Australia he taught at the East Sydney Technical College and was curator at the Western Australian Art Gallery, 1949-52. Cook was art critic for the Sydney Daily Telegraph, 1952-9. Tragically he died at only 56 years of age, of pneumonia, while travelling in Italy.

Rita Angus famously married Alfred Cook, another artist and James Cook's brother, on 13 June 1930, but in 1934 they separated due to incompatibility, and divorced in 1939. Angus signed many of her paintings as Rita Cook between 1930 and 1946, but after she discovered in 1941 that Alfred Cook had remarried she changed her surname by deed poll to McKenzie,

James Cook is a must have for New Zealand landscape and Canterbury artist collections.
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