A Brush with History: Kirkwood’s Untouched Great Barrier Island.

Kirkwood’s Port Fitzroy Masterpiece Resurfaces

Above: A Brush with History: Kirkwood’s Untouched Port Fitzroy Painting Emerges at Whanganui Auction House.

A rare and stunning painting by Harry W. Kirkwood, depicting the serene beauty of Great Barrier Island’s Port Fitzroy before the touch of modern development, has resurfaced and is now being offered at an auction in Whanganui.

The majestic oil painting dating back to 1904, showcases tranquil waters of Port Fitzroy, cradled by the surrounding rugged, craggy mountains.

Small timber tenders floating on the water hint at the simplicity of the area a century ago.

Harry W. Kirkwood is notable for his dedication to capturing New Zealand’s diverse landscapes, with a catalogue spanning over 600 paintings during his 45 year career in Aotearoa, having immigrated from Scotland in the late 19th century.

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The painting, including its original frame, measures 110cm by 150cm, making it one of the largest Kirkwood pieces ever to be auctioned. It retains its original condition, down to the 120-year-old, £26.5 price tag on the back, a figure that equates to roughly $8300 today, adjusted for inflation.

Kirkwood works can be seen in public galleries throughout New Zealand. In 1924, he moved to Sydney where he died a year later. Another Kirkwood painting sold recently for $23,500, around twice its estimate.

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Buyers and curious onlookers can view the painting at Heritage House in Whanganui during the Easter weekend, with viewings scheduled from 1 pm to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, or by special arrangement.

Those interested in learning more about the auction should contact Henry Newrick at 027 471 2242 or via email at Henry@HeritageArtNZ.com.

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Pa Beach Cafe, 82 Blackwell Drive, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island (Aotea)

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