A sole person is fishing in the Reese River in with a snowcapped mountain range in the background. Titled and signed on the verso, ‘The Richardson Range From the Reese River Head of Lake Wakatipu.’ Signed on the front lower left, F Brookesmith ’25. This is a very nice watercolor painting by the Listed New Zealand artist. I see no scratches, holes, water damage or restorations. It sits behind frosted glass in a 1960’s frame. The painting measures inside the mat 11-1/2 inches tall and 16-3/4 inches wide. The nice green and gold frame measures 19-1/2 inches tall and 24-1/2 inches wide. The frame does has some dents around the edges. I did have to remove this to clean the glass which revealed the signed and titled verso. If you would like new back paper please let me know and I will have it put on free of charge. Frank Brookesmith, was born presumably in Devon, England, son of an army surgeon who served in New Zealand from 1872 and after hostilities ceased stayed on, settling in Martin and working as a doctor there. Sometime after his death, his widow remarried and went with her husband to Invercargill–Frank Brookesmith accompanied them. He at first trained as a lawyer and in Dunedin had art lessons from one of the Moultrays, and was secretary of a small Bohemian art club of which O'Keeffe was a member. Although he at first worked in a law firm in Invercargill, he married an Invercargill girl and they moved to Melbourne. He studied there and worked as an artist relatively successfully, painting and teaching, until conditions were poor during the slump in 1905. Returned with his wife and children to Invercargill: for a short time was art master at Invercargill Boys' High School, but on not being allowed to take private pupils he left the school and taught privately and painted, sending his pictures to the art societies in the major New Zealand centers. Exhibited OAS 1886–90, 1905–20; NZ International Ex Chch 1906–07. Represented in Hocken and Invercargill Art Gallery. (nzetc)
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Frank Brookesmith (1860-1932) Watercolor Painting The Richardson Range From the Reese River Head of Lake Wakatipu New Zealand, 1925 Landscape Signed by Listed Artist