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A cross-shaped section of the forest floor at Te Ngutu o te Manu, South Taranaki, littered with both brown dead leaves and small branches of green foliage. A dark background presses in from the edges of the painting. The painting visualises what Shepherd imagines to be soldier Gustavus von Tempsky's last visual memory before his death at Te Ngutu o te Manu on 7 September 1868. It also explores the inaccuracy of memories as they are recorded in history. Shepherd was inspired to paint this subject after he spent three days travelling around Taranaki War sites with Puke Ariki's Manager Heritage Collections, Kelvin Day.
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