Story: Culture and recreation in the city

A musical evening, 1890 (1st of 3)

A musical evening, 1890

This etching from the New Zealand Graphic and Ladies Journal in September 1890 shows a typical scene in a middle-class city home at the end of the 19th century.  Beneath the watercolours on the wall, a well-dressed group makes their own music with piano, violin and perhaps voice.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: PUBL-0163-1890-001

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Making their own fun', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010