[The Taumaru Trifler Drawings]

A set of five drawings reproduced in two issues of The Taumaru Trifler (Lowry Bay, Wellington, New Zealand), 1918 and 1919, featuring portrait sketches of staff and convalescing soldiers.

Page 1: 1918, cover, soldier on crutches, nurse in background

Page 2: 1918, pg 5, matron, “Mrs. Rolleston”

Page 3: 1918, pg 17, nurse, “Miss D. Rathbone, V.A.D.”

Page 4: 1918, pg 20, chauffeur, “Miss Ewen, Chauffeur”

Page 5: 1919, cover, five portraits of soldiers, three portraits of nurses

Object type
Medium and materials
pen and ink on paper
each page:240x180mm
Place Made
Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Drawing 1 Cover UR printed The Taumaru Trifler

Drawing 1 Cover LR printed Written at the Taumaru Military Convalescent hospital Lowry Bay, September, 1918. Price 1/-

Drawing 2 (1918) pg 5 below drawing ink (in artist’s hand) Mrs Rolleston

Drawing 3 (1918) pg 17 LR ink Flora Scales 1918 (F reversed)

Drawing 3 (1918) pg 17 below drawing printed Miss D. Rathbone, V.A.D.

Drawing 4 (1918) pg 20 LR ink F. Scales 1918

Drawing 4 (1918) pg 20 below drawing printed Miss Ewen, Chauffeur

Drawing 5 Cover top border printed The Taumaru Trifler, Third Aniversary – March, 1919. No.5

Drawing 5 Cover LR ink F Scales (F reversed)

Drawing 5 Cover lower border printed Written at Taumaru Military Hospital, Lowry Bay.

General notes

A set of five drawings reproduced in two issues of The Taumaru Trifler (Lowry Bay, Wellington, New Zealand), 1918 and 1919. The location of the original drawings is unknown.

Dimensions given relate to the size of The Taumaru Trifler and not the original drawings.

Bound issues of The Taumaru Trifler, March 1917, no. 1 - March 1919, no. 5, were published by Ferguson & Osborn Ltd., Lambton Quay, Wellington, 1917-1919. This copy of the bound volume was donated to the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (Reference no. MS2120) by Helen Stewart, artist, who lived in Eastern Bays of Lower Hutt, New Zealand, 1978.

In the years 1917-1919 Flora Scales worked with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) at the Taumaru Military Convalescent Hospital, Lowry Bay, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The Hospital was established in the house, Taumaru, among the beautiful gardens, belonging to Francis Henry Dillon Bell who, in 1916, had offered his property to the New Zealand Government as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers.

The cross-hatching used so effectively here to model and suggest light and shade is also seen in the elaborate drawing In the Blacksmith’s Shop [BC131]. The technique is also used with great skill in the etching The Homecoming [BC124].

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