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Oil painting depicting a settler family in a surfboat coming in to land on the New Plymouth foreshore. A man is pictured in the foreground holding a rope attached to the bow of the surfboat. He is standing in the water and is turned towards the viewer. He is dressed in trousers, a shirt and jacket, and has an axe slung over his body. A woman, boy and baby are pictured in the surfboat, along with a white horse. The woman is seated with the baby on her knee. The young boy is standing on the back of the horse with his arms hanging over a shovel in a cruciform shape. He has a rooster standing on his head. Rows of waves are rolling towards the shore. A sailing ship and several other surfboats are visible in the background. The Sugar Loaf Islands are depicted in the upper left of the painting. The painting is the first of three comprising McLean's 'Settler Trilogy'.
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