- Watercolour, charcoal
- Anonymous bequest, 1968
- 445 x 605mm
As a location that links the domestic interior with the exterior spaces of the garden, the verandah was rich in meaning for Olivia Spencer Bower, often containing an element of autobiography. The verandah at the Spencer Bower family home at Claxby on the Waitaha Canterbury Plains was one of the artist’s favourite spaces and became a recurring theme in her paintings. Although this view is from a different verandah, the scene shows an intimate view of the artist’s life, a place to enjoy the simple pleasures of the home and garden under the protection of the verandah, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )