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[Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant] 1820-1895 :Day. Night. Pleasant. Very! An interesting chase. Hutt, 1840. Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise. Hutt, 1840. Lodoiska.

Reference Number: C-103-012-1

A series of 6 cartoons, probably showing the flooding that occurred in the Hutt Valley to the first European settlers in 1840. From the top, the views show a man (probably a self-portrait) afloat on a raft, holding up a bottle, with drowned trees to one side (captioned 'Day'), with below that, the same man (captioned 'Night') in his tent, reading a book by a kerosine lamp, but still seated on a raft. This section is also captioned in Latin 'De memento rebus in arduis servaramente' referring to the memory of great difficulties at the time. The next drawing, titled 'Pleasant. Very!' shows the same man tripping over a snag in the flooded river, with part of a thatched cottage, also flooded, to one side. The fourth sketch 'An interesting chase, Hutt, 1840' shows the man poling himself along on the raft in pursuit of his boots, which are floating away. Another flooded house is in the background. The fifth view shows a man fast asleep and afloat on the water (Where ignorance is bliss...Hutt 1840)l. The sixth shows the man rescuing a young Maori from the floodwater.

Key terms:
1 image, categorised under Pencil works, related to Hon Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell, Hutt Valley, Petone, Salvage, Floods - New Zealand - Wellington Region, Sleeping, Accidents, Reading, Rafts and Dwellings - New Zealand - Wellington Region.

Part of:
Mantell, Walter Baldock Durrant, 1820-1895 :Scrapbook. 1840-1872., Reference Number C-103 (52 digitised items)

Extent: 1 drawing(s)Pencil sketches, 429 x 126 mm. Single art work

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Other copies available: File print is filed under title Eastshore of Wellington Harbour

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