- Oil on canvas
- Purchased 1997
- 840 x 1065mm
For the exhibition Picturing the Peninsula (21 April - 22 July 2007), this work was displayed with this label:
French Farm / Rautahi lies on the west side of Akaroa Harbour near Barry’s Bay. Its name is derived from the abundant vegetable garden grown at the location by the crew of the French Navy corvette ‘Aube’. The ‘Aube’ accompanied the original French and German settlers on the ‘Comte de Paris’ to Akaroa in 1840 having been sent by the French Government to protect French interests at Akaroa. Many of Harris’ works from the late 1960s and 70s were of Peninsula subjects.
Jeffrey Harris was born at Akaroa and grew up on Banks Peninsula. He spent much of his formative years on his family’s farm at French Farm and is largely self-taught as an artist.