"The Clearing"

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Oil painting depicting the clearing of land during settlement. A man stands in the foreground on the trunk of a felled tree. He is wearing a white shirt, black trousers, a belt, a hat and a scarf knotted around his neck. He is holding a broken axe. His head is turned to the side and he is looking into the distance. The ground behind him is littered with felled trees. A large nikau palm still stands on the left of the painting, though it has an axe mark in its trunk. In the middleground a boy stands holding the bridle of a white horse. A black dog sits on the ground in front of the boy and horse and is looking up at them. A wooden hut is visible in the background, as are tall trees that are yet to be felled. The painting is the second in McLean's 'Settler Trilogy'.
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Purchased with funds from the Noel and Melva Yarrow bequest
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