Of note is a selection of early 20th century photographs by William Henry Thomas Partington (Lot 176 ), uncle to one of New Zealand's preeminent painters of Maori portraiture, Charles F Goldie. Born in Auckland on the 8th of December 1854, Partington is best known for his photographic practice established in Auckland at the turn of the century. Goldie would often use his uncles photographs as reference material in his teaching studio.
Janice Gill’s striking composition, titled The Accused (Lot 3 ), explores the myth and mystery around the infamous Southland figure Minnie Dean. Continuing the theme of social realism is Glenn Jowitt’s iconic Raceday photographs (Lot 17 ). Jowitt believed in "using the camera in a gentle way", choosing not to intrude on his subjects, but instead celebrating their everyday lives.
Included in the sale is an early 20th century oil on shell work by John Philemon Backhouse (Lot 157 ). This naïve oil painting by Backhouse made in and around the central North Island from the 1880s is a superb example of the artists working practice.