Douglas Gerard, Whangarei; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1970; 510


Douglas Gerard, Whangarei

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A watercolour head and shoulders portrait of Douglas Gerard, slightly hunched in three quarter profile.



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Medium and Materials

Watercolour and pencil on paper

Place Made


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

New Zealand/North Island/Whangerei

Subject and Association Description

Douglas Gerard was a distant cousin of Edith, Toss Woollaston's wife. He commissioned a portrait of himself from Woollaston, which was completed along with drawings and watercolours. Woollaston wrote of how he requested the "infinte humanity" of his eyes to come through in the portrait.

In a 1973 lecture on portraiture at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, Woollaston wrote how "someone once asked me - how did I get a likeness and continue to make a radical painting?... I take it my questioner meant by a radical painting, one that need take no account of likeness - that is, self-sustaining by virtue of its form and construction. That is the kind of painting that I like to do - but I like likeness too. But only such likeness as will not destroy the construction (of a painting), but reinforce it" (Barnett, 1991, p.75).

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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