The 1906 Exhibition Paintings
Emily Harris painted twelve large flower studies in oil for the 1906-07 New Zealand International Exhibition in Christchurch. Six of the paintings have emerged over time but the whereabouts of the remaining six are currently a mystery. Do you have one hanging on your wall? Below we’ve put together a little guide to the flora of the remaining paintings and Emily’s signature. You can read more about the paintings in ‘Looking for the 1906 paintings’ (November, 2022)
Emily Harris’s Signature
For the 1906 paintings, Emily Harris signed them as ‘E C Harris’ written in red oil paint. Examples below:
The write-up of Emily Harris’s submitted work in the Nelson Evening Mail means that we know that the missing paintings depicted red neinei, turutu, tainui tree, and scarlet rātā. Below are some examples of what the flora looks like in nature and in other examples of Emily’s work (where applicable).
Also called Dracophyllum latifolium and spiderwood.
Also called Dianella Nigra and Blue Berry
Also called ‘Pomaderris apetala subsp. maritima’ and New Zealand Hazel
Probably Metrosideros carminea or carmine rata
Two panels, one of New Zealand mountain flowers and one of Antarctic flowers, are among the missing paintings. The two panels below are also from the 1906 collection and would be a match for the dimensions.
Do you think you have an Emily Harris painting? We’d love to hear from you!