- Oil on canvas
- Purchased with assistance from the Olive Stirrat Bequest, 1984
- 745 x 590mm
Raymond McIntyre first exhibited Meditation at the Canterbury Society of Arts in 1906; it was then included in the newly formed Guild of Arts and Crafts’ group display in the Christchurch International Exhibition at the end of that year. McIntyre, who exhibited regularly in Christchurch and Wellington between 1898 and 1908, was drawn early on to painting stylised, atmospheric landscapes and portraits.
Seeking a larger field in which to make his mark, he left New Zealand in 1909 for further studies in England, but with unanticipated results, as he told his father: “In London one can see every conceivable style of work. I am continually being surprised at the mediocrity of most work ... with me it is an unfoldment, and when I do the work I want to do, there will be a place for it… As for the idea of going and studying under some well known man, my opinion regarding that also has decidedly changed since I left N.Z. One’s only chance is to be oneself.”
(The Moon and the Manor House, 12 November 2021 – 1 May 2022)