London: C. F. Kells, 1877.
Color Lithograph. Image measures 9 1/2" x 11 1/2". Some foxing and toning around presentation mount otherwise in good condition.
This remarkable scenic view depicts the Clarence River in the South Island of New Zealand, also known as Waiau Toa. The river is depicted meandering through a vast valley, with lush vegetation in the foregroup and the magnificent mountains of the Kaikoura Range in the background. The magnitude of the landscape is emphasized by a group of cattle grazing in the valley, and two men, one on horseback, traveling down a road towards the river.
Charles D. Barraud (1822-1897) was a chemist, pharmacist, and artist. After establishing his pharmaceutical business and gaining some success, he continued to pursue his interest in painting, traveling widely throughout the islands, documenting remote natural landscapes. He gained early recognition for his art, eventually became the founder and president of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.