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[Major Alexander's office, Government House, Wellington], [Between 1897 and 1903]

Reference Number: PA1-f-194-44-2

View of a detail of the room in Government House, Wellington, used as an office by Major Alexander, Private Secretary and Aid de Camp to the Governor, Lord Ranfurly. The photograph shows the collections decorating part of the wall and the area above the fireplace. The wall area supports a variety axes, drums, and spears from the pacific islands arranged on a tapa cloth. A crest of pacific spears also tops the display over the fire place. Most of the collection over the fire place consists of photographs, those of Lord and Lady Ranfurly are displayed in wooden frames decorated with chip carving. This technique of wood carving was derived in part from 16th and 17th century British fashions in decorating furniture. It was used by commercial furniture manufacturers, but was also a popular home hobby craft practiced by middle class women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. That containing Lady Ranfurly's image is designed with a certain arbitary arangement of elements, a design fashion derived by Europeans from certain conventions of Japanese design. Among the photographs there are two framed paintings. One is a signed water colour of a Maori girl by Francis Hodgkins. Photograph taken between 1897 and 1903 by an unknown photographer.

Key terms:
1 image, related to Major Dudley Henry Alexander, Frances Mary Hodgkins, Government House (Wellington), Museum Street, Wallpaper, Collectors and collecting, Material culture - Pacific area, Tapa, Interior decoration, Collectors and collecting - Pacific Area and Wood-carving.

Part of:
[Interior views of Government House, Wellington], Reference Number PA1-f-194-44 (2 digitised items)
Photographs of Government Houses, New Zealand, Reference Number PA1-f-194 (35 digitised items)
Ranfurly family :Photographs, Reference Number PAColl-5745 (114 digitised items)

Extent: 1 b&w original photographic print(s)Toned silver gelatin print 151 x 206 mm mounted on album page 272 x 359 mm. Single photograph

Conditions governing access to original: Not restricted

Inscriptions: Inscribed - On album page - top centre: Major Alexander's Office

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