John Caselberg, Anna and Philip; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1959; 468


John Caselberg, Anna and Philip

About this object

The three figures sit together in a quiet domestic scene, the figure on the left gazes out to the side while the other two both glance down as though reading.



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Medium and Materials

Pencil, pen and ink on paper

Subject and Association Keywords

Portraits/Artist's family

Subject and Association Keywords

Portraits/Artist's friends

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Subject and Association Description

This study was completed in the final year that Anna Woollaston lived at home with her parents, Edith and Toss. In 1959 she moved to Auckland to attend Auckland University and board with Colin McCahon and his family. Later, in 1960 she married John Caselberg, a poet, writer and critic who had been friends with her father since the 1940s.

Philip (the youngest) was also due to leave home in the early 1960s. Financial need lessened as the children left and Toss was able to focus more on his painting. The 1960s saw Toss' career gain momentum. In 1966 he acquired Peter McLeavey as his dealer and began to paint full time.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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