New Zealand interest: a Budd sisters sketchbook leaf, Kinloch, Lake Wakatipu, Dart River, 1882
A Budd sketchbook watercolour, showing distant mountains at the head of Lake Wakatipu, titled to the back ‘Lake Wakatipu NZ near Kinlocch 2.82’
By Elizabeth or Emma Budd, 1882
This watercolour is from a folio of amateur works done in Australia & New Zealand, with an inscription providing their origins: ‘The following sketches + watercolours were made by the Misses Elizabeth Mary Budd and Emma Eliza Budd, being the daughters of Mr R. H. Budd, founder of the first Diocesan Boys School under Bishop Perry in the 29th September 1848”.
Elizabeth was born in Tasmania in 1845, while Emma was born in Victoria in 1848.
In 1882-4, the sisters were in New Zealand.
This scene relates to the topography at the head of Lake Wakatipu, where the Dart River enters. It is painted from the approximate location of the Government Steamer wharf, revealing the mode of transport to this point the sisters took. A further scene from the sketchbook is inscribed ‘from the tramway near Kinlock’, suggesting there was a rail excursion available up the valley from the wharf.