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Object Name Painting
Description Framed watercolour painting of two steam ships anchored in the Timaru Harbour, by William Ferrier, 1912.

Original description:
A shallow set, framed watercolour painting by William Ferrier, depicting a scene looking across the harbour beyond ships anchored at port to the to the townscape in the distance. The middle ground is occupied with details of the wharf and two steam powered ships, before which there are a number of smaller sailing vessels, some of which contain fishermen. The immediate foreground contains a group of sea birds hovering above and around a buoyant barrel.

The colour within this work is based upon a light, almost pastel palette and is for the most part relatively idealistic. The saturation levels of the work vary greatly, from the deep bottle green ripple of the ocean to the washed roof tops, spires and chimneys of the townscape in the background. At certain points in the work there is a bleeding of colour and form, perhaps as a means to emphasise the heavy nature of the moisture filled clouds in the sky above, thus employing aerial perspective.

Added information: - frame description: The plaster at the visible front of the frame has got a bubble-like surface structure.
Date 1912c
Catalogue Number P0052
Artist Ferrier, William
Dimensions H-42.4 W-52.6 D-1.6 cm
Search Terms Timaru Harbour
St Mary's Church Hall, Timaru
People Ferrier, William
Classification Art
Local Landmarks
Townscape
Harbour & Port