The Pumpkin Cottage collection is a nationally significant collection of work from the early impressionist movement which was nurtured at the legendary Pumpkin Cottage, Silverstream, Upper Hutt. It features paintings by James Nairn, Mabel Hill, Girolamo Nerli, Frances Hodgkins and Nugent Welch among others.

Local art collectors Ernest and his wife Shirley gifted 39 Pumpkin Cottage paintings to Expressions Whirinaki Trust for the people of Upper Hutt in 2009 and the works have been in the Centre's safe keeping ever since. These significant Pumpkin Cottage paintings are the City's first permanent art collection which continues to grow thanks to several generous gifts.

History

In 1895, Wellington artist and art teacher, James Nairn, rented Pumpkin Cottage, a rustic dwelling on a Silverstream farm, which soon became a retreat for the modern artists of the day. These artists were exploring Impressionism, the significant art movement, which began in Paris in the 1870s and had spread to Britain, Europe, and Australia by the 1880s. These arts enjoyed a bohemian lifestyle at Pumpkin Cottage - where they explored this exciting 'new' art form. Some of the Pumpkin Cottage artists were James Nairn, Mabel Hill, John Baillie, H.M. Gore, Maurice Crompton-Smith and Mary Tripe (nee Richardson). Impressionists from Christchurch and Dunedin including Alfred Walsh, W.M. Gibb, John Madden, Frances Hodgkins and Girolamo Nerli were also part of the movement.

Significant Art Movement

In the late 18th Century, New Zealand art students were taught to paint by a set of rules.

The Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists scorned the grand imagery and techniques of the academics, believing the style was clichéd and inauthentic.

Although they were diverse in style and temperament, the Impressionists all valued the originality and freshness achieved from painting quickly and directly from the subject. An indigenous New Zealand style of Impressionism, saturated with colour, was born. 

The radicalism of their art united the Impressionists as they sought camaraderie and mutual support.  Pumpkin Cottage was a meeting place for the artists and their movement. While Nairn died in 1904, aged just 45, a subsequent sell-out memorial exhibition of his work at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts helped build the mystique of Pumpkin Cottage.  Pumpkin Cottage Impressionism was nationally popular for almost half a century after Nairn's death.

If you are interested in gifting or donating a Pumpkin Cottage era artwork to the collection, please get in touch with Curator Chriss Doherty-McGregor.

 


PUMPKIN COTTAGE 

B. E. Chapple

UHPC 1/1, Oil, 255mm (h) x 339mm (w)

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PLIMMERTON

Frederick Sedgwick

UHPC 1/2, Water colour, 458mm (h) x 485mm (w)

 


SILVERSTREAM

William Tiller

UHPC 1/3, Oil, 320mm (h) x 455mm (w)

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WAIRARAPA LANDSCAPE

Arthur A. Bender

UHPC 1/4, Oil, 370mm (h) x 493mm (w)

 


PLIMMERTON

Frederick Sedgwick

UHPC 1/5, Water colour, 448mm (h) x 558mm (w)

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TARAMAKAU RIVER

S. W. Wauchop

UHPC 1/6, Water colour, 506mm (h) x 649mm (w)

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YORK BAY

Dorothy Kate Richmond

UHPC 1/7, Water colour, 508mm (h) x 595mm (w)

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STILL LIFE WITH ROSES

Dorothy Kate Richmond

UHPC 1/8, Water colour, 715mm (h) x 770mm (w)

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RANGITIKEI

W. S. Wauchop

UHPC 1/9, Water colour, 445mm (h) x 520mm (w)

 


RIVER AND HILLS, KAITOKE

Jean M. McKay

UHPC 1/10, Water colour, 455mm (h) x 545mm (w)

 


RUINS, PALATINE HILL, ROME

Edward Noel Barraud

UHPC 1/11, Water colour, 598mm (h) x 445mm (w)

 


TITAHI BAY

Henry Moreland Gore

UHPC 1/12, Oil, 445mm (h) x 545mm (w)

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HUTT RIVER

Henry Moreland Gore

UHPC 1/13, Oil, 465mm (h) x 567mm (w)

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LIMESTONE FORMATION, BAY OF ISLANDS, NORTHLAND

Carl T. Laugeson

UHPC 1/14, Water colour, 395mm (h) x 495mm (w)

 


WAIRARAPA

Arthur A. Bender

UHPC 1/15, Oil, 332mm (h) x 410mm (w)

 


SOLDIER'S POOL, HUTT RIVER

George H. Garnham

UHPC 1/16, Water colour, 557mm (h) x 755mm (w)

 


PUMPKIN COTTAGE

Darcy Nicholas

UHPC 1/17, Acrylic, 630mm (h) x 785mm (w)

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WELLINGTON HARBOUR FROM BOTANICAL GARDENS

Frederick Sedgwick

UHPC 1/18, Water colour, 892mm (h) x 730mm (w)

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THROUGH THE FOREST, AKATARAWA

Mabel Hill

UHPC 1/19, Water colour, 745mm (h) x 960mm (w)

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PUMPKIN COTTAGE, 1930

Sydney Higgs

UHPC 1/20, Reproduction, 429mm (h) x 534mm (w)

 


SILVERSTREAM

William Tiller

UHPC 1/21, Oil, 495mm (h) x 605mm (w)

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SILVERSTREAM

William Tiller

UHPC 1/22, Oil, 505mm (h) x 620mm (w)

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SPRING SHOWER, HUTT RIVER

Sydney Higgs

UHPC 1/23, Water colour, 585mm (h) x 715mm (w)

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PUMPKIN COTTAGE SILVERSTREAM

T. A. McCormack

UHPC 1/24, Dry Point Etching, 391mm (h) x 424mm (w)

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AKATARAWA RIVER (UPPER WAIKANAE)

Henry Moreland Gore

UHPC 1/25, Oil, 428mm (h) x 510mm(w)

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COUNTRY ROAD

Archibald Frank Nicoll

UHPC 1/26, Oil, 330mm (h) x 430mm(w)

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PORT OF WANGANUI 1913

Henry Moreland Gore

UHPC 1/27, Oil, 395mm (h) x 495mm(w)

 


WHITEMANS VALLEY ROAD

Ernest Chapman

UHPC 1/28, Water colour, 344mm (h) x 393mm(w)

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SILVERSTREAM

Sydney Higgs

UHPC 1/29, Water colour, 417mm (h) x 508mm(w)

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WELLINGTON COASTLINE

Mary E. R. Tripe

UHPC 1/30, Oil, 215mm (h) x 290mm(w)

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HUTT RIVER, SILVERSTREAM

Darcy Nicholas

UHPC 1/31, Oil, 542mm (h) x 642mm (w)

 


HUTT RIVER, SILVERSTREAM 1941

Joseph Palethorpe

UHPC 1/32, Water colour, 410mm (h) x 460mm (w)

 


THOMAS COTTER HOMESTEAD 1868

Christopher Aubrey

UHPC 1/33, Reproduction, 415mm (h) x 538mm (w)

 


WELLINGTON HARBOUR

James McLauchlan Nairn

UHPC 1/34, Water colour, 690mm (h) x 790mm (w)

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PORTRAIT OF MRS RAE JONES

James McLauchlan Nairn

UHPC 1/35, Water colour, 650mm (h) x 575mm (w)

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PUMPKIN COTTAGE 1934

Joseph Palethorpe

UHPC 1/36, Reproduction, 410mm (h) x 480mm (w)

 


CASTLE POINT

Nugent H. Welch

UHPC 1/37, Water colour, 400mm (h) x 490mm (w)

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PUMPKIN COTTAGE, REAR VIEW

Nugent H. Welch

UHPC 1/38, Water colour, 525mm (h) x 420mm (w)

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WAIRARAPA

Nugent H. Welch

UHPC 1/39, Water colour, 494mm (h) x 599mm (w)

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PUMPKIN COTTAGE 1930

Algernon Gifford

UHPC 1/40, Reproduction, 430mm (h) x 534mm (w)

 


PUMPKIN COTTAGE MODEL

Nicole Cosgrove

UHPC 1/41, Card and balsa wood, 140mm (h) x 160mm (w) x 240mm (l)