PUMPKIN COTTAGE SILVERSTREAM

T. A. McCormack

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

T. A. (Thomas) McCormack (1883 - 1973) arrived in Wellington from Napier in 1921 and soon found company among the artists at Pumpkin Cottage. The figure seated on the veranda is the lanky Nugent (Nuggy) Welch (1.83 metres tall). The old rose beside the painted pumpkin was planted sometime after 1914 by artist Flora Scales. McCormack more than likely printed this etching using a printing press gifted to the Wellington Art Club by the Dominion Museum. Museum staffer and Society of Seven members, James McDonald, also a keen printmaker, arranged the gift in about 1920.

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