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Macmillan Brown Library Sub Collection
  • Akins, Florence 
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    Watercolour on paper
    Watercolour landscape, people sat on the beach looking out to sea. Produced during her first or second year studying at CCSA. Part of the folder titled 'Memory 1st and 2nd year'. Part of the Florence Akins collection. This is a watercolour landscape of Waikuku in North Canterbury. It is probable that Akins’ painted this from Waikuku beach (still a well visited destination today, used for recreational activities). Akins has written on the bottom right corner ‘Feb 4th 1930,’ indicating that it was painted the year before she graduated from the Canterbury College School of Art. The work was painted during summer (as indicated by the date), likely before the semester had begun at the college. The style used to paint the watercolour is characteristic of Akins quick painting style (as can be seen in the block rendering of colours and lack of precise detailing on the figures). The clothing of the figures is a reflection of the social and cultural history of the 1930s, all of the figures appear fully clothed and the male in the foreground sits on the beach in a full suit, something that would not be commonly seen in modern society. Waikuku features many times throughout the Akins collection and was a place she visited frequently during her studies.
    Visible dimensions Actual - 230 x 300mm