The pastel pinks and blues of Nairn's painting of the Hutt River are typical of the fresh colours he used in his works. This was an early work, painted in 1892, two years after Nairn arrived in Wellington and about the time he established the Wellington Art Club. In 1894 the club rented Pumpkin Cottage in the Hutt Valley, where scenes such as this would have been painted in the open air, with the canvases then left to dry at the cottage.
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