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Ella Spicer 1876-1956
Trams and Shoppers, Queen Street, Auckland
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Trams and Shoppers, Queen Street, Auckland
watercolour on paper
signed "Ella Spicer" lower right; signed and titled on backing board
Image Size: 268 x 385mm (10.6 x 15.2in)
Stock Number: 33379

Price category between $3,000 and $5,000

Born in Otago, Ella Spicer's father was the Surveyor- General of New Zealand in the late 1880's. When she was only eleven years old, Ella Spicer walked the Milford Track, the first time a Pakeha girl or woman had walked what would become one of the world's greatest walks. Spicer trained in Dunedin under painters Fanny Wimperis and Girolamo Nerli, exhibiting from the age of fifteen and from 1894 to 1900 she was a working member of the Otago Arts Society. In 1907, Ella Spicer and her husband, J.E.D. Spicer, relocated to Auckland where she exhibited with the Auckland Society of Arts from 1908, also working on the Society's Council.

In this work, Ella Spicer departs from her usual choice of subject matter: botanical or landscape themes. Here, she focuses on the urban metropolis of Auckland. The long shadows drawn from the afternoon sun lie across the breadth of Queen Street, evoking space and a relaxed mood as the shoppers meander happily down the street.

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