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An Artist's Daughter. With Christopher Perkins in New Zealand 1929-34 by Jane Garrett

Jane Garrett was thirteen years old when her family sailed on the Ruahine for New Zealand where her father, the painter Christopher Perkins, took up a post as Art Instructor at the Wellington Technical College in 1929.

Forthright in his opinions, it was inevitable that Perkins should have clashed with the art establishment of the day. He can come, he announced, in search of a 'temperate Tahiti' but had found instead 'a strip of Victorian England'.

Nevertheless, the clear Pacific light, the strange New Zealand hills and the Maori people of Rotorua fascinated him, with the result that he did some of his best work in New Zealand.

But An Artist's Daughter is not so much a study of a painter as Jane Garrett's own account of a close and somewhat eccentric English family's adventures among New Zealanders in the depression years...

Paperback, first editin 1986, 192pages,good condition, light crease in cover

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